Hello friends of Centro Comunitario Otoch Paal Montessori from all over the world!
We hope that you have had a wonderful Holiday season and are ready to celebrate and enjoy the new year!
We have started the new year with six new students, and hope that the number continues to grow! We also have a brand new website for 2013 that you can access here. Plenty of information is available there --- please check it out and spread the word to friends and family!
Here at Otoch Paal we experienced changes in 2012 and as always seems to be the case, some are not what we had hoped for. Unfortunately we were not able to secure the funding needed to complete the construction of the classrooms for Taller (primary grades) required by SEP, and had to close that portion of our program. With the generous donations received through the initial fundraising effort during the Spring and Summer months, we were able to test and clear the ground for building, secure the permits, and nearly complete the foundation for the new classrooms.
As of November 1st, 2012 the Taller (tie-yer) program (1st, 2nd, and 3rd Grades of Primary School) at Otoch Paal was closed. Although our Preschool program (Casa de los Niños) continues to operate, the parents of the children who were forced to find other educational opportunities for their primary-school aged children --- as well as the parents of our children currently enrolled in preschool --- hope to have Taller open again for the 2013-2014 school year. In order to re-open we must complete the construction, and we need your help!
You can make a tax-deductible donation that will go directly towards building costs. The local community library in Akumal has a U.S. based non-profit that has generously offered to help us in our efforts and keep the Otoch Paal funds in a separate account. Every little bit helps --- donations large and small are welcomed!
At the bottom of this email is the link to the Paypal donation site for Hekab Be. You are also able to mail checks to Hekab Be's U.S. location at:
Hekab Be Biblioteca
3021 NE 72nd Dr. Ste 9, #70
Vancouver, WA 98661
If you are coming to the Akumal/Riviera Maya area, we have a Wish List of items needed for our program. That list is attached to this email, and is also available here. Please consider bringing items down to Mexico with you!
Our hope for January 2013 is to implement a Sponsorship program for community children. Tuition is $2500 pesos each month --- approximately $200 U.S. dollars. If you are interested in becoming a part of this program, please contact us!
Thank you again for your support of our work here, and please have a wonderful and blessed 2013!
The Children, Families, and Teachers of Centro Comunitario Otoch Paal Montessori
To make a tax-free donation through Paypal, click below:
Donation Link through Hekab Be Biblioteca