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The Chain of Survival: Improving Birth Rates

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By Kary Vannice

Worldwide, more than 287,000 women die in childbirth every year from obstetric complications and 99% of maternal deaths occur in developing countries. Continue reading The Chain of Survival: Improving Birth Rates

Donkey Up to School

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The severe topography and lack of infrastructure in Mexico causes the rural population of many regions to be rather isolated. This complicates the already challenging problem of providing consistent quality education in a country of limited resources. Many children are required to travel 5km over rough terrain, along steep, treacherous mountainous trails. After this grueling early morning hike, such children have very little energy left for learning. When it rains the passes are even more difficult to navigate, causing children to stay home. In Guanajuato, absenteeism posed sufficient problems that some schools were facing closure. Even if the means were available to buy a school bus and maintain it, it is unlikely that a vehicle would be able to negotiate the perilous mountain terrine. Continue reading Donkey Up to School

Editor’s Letter

By Jane Bauer

“I entered the classroom with the conviction that it was crucial for me and every other student to be an active participant, not a passive consumer…education as the practice of freedom…. education that connects the will to know with the will to become. Learning is a place where paradise can be created.” ― Bell Hooks

Back to School….. The smell of freshly sharpened pencils, erasers, and the excitement of staring anew. Each September is marked with possibility; maybe this year you will become the math whiz, the prom queen, the basketball star, miss congeniality- it is not just new notebooks but the anticipation of coming closer to who we see ourselves to be. Continue reading Editor’s Letter

The Tierra Blanca Project

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By Michael Richards

Michael (Spike) Richards and Joy Lancaster Warden from Calgary,supporters of live music, and lovers of our local paradise, have started The Tierra Blanca Project. The long term goal of the project is to fund, build and equip a remote school for eighty elementary students, a clinic, a community kitchen, sanitary facilities, and residence for the teachers. In the fall of 2013, construction of the new school will be underway. It will have geographic challenges, and logistical hurdles as transportation of building materials is difficult in this remote area. Continue reading The Tierra Blanca Project

Canadian Friends of Oaxaca

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By Alvin Starkman, M.A., J.D.

For decades, both Americans and Canadians have been supporting efforts to provide young Oaxacans with improved education; donating not only their time and expertise, but also books and related educational resources, food and clothing to make attending school easier for children of families with very limited resources, and cash. But while US taxpayers have been able to deduct donations to certain registered Mexican charities from their income, Canadians have not. Finally change is in the wind, as a result of CANFRO, Canadian Friends of Oaxaca Inc. Continue reading Canadian Friends of Oaxaca

The American School

By Marcia Chaiken and Jan Chaiken

We, and many in our Huatulco community, have long been astonished at our friend Carminia’s command of the English language. Her enormous vocabulary, unaccented pronunciation, and ability to translate Spanish into English for audiences have amazed many of us. For several years we attributed her ability to her years of living in the U.S. But then, as we began to meet her childhood friends who were also fluent in English and who had spent less time in English-speaking countries, we realized that the common factor was their matriculation in the American School. Continue reading The American School

Valuing Education

By Jane Bauer

In English North American culture there is a long tradition of ‘educational hero’ films that show the power that one great teacher can make in the lives of many. In Dead Poets Society, Robin Williams’ individualism saves the boys from becoming shallow men of industry, in Lean on Me, Morgan Freeman’s strict principal transforms the challenged school into a place where students look to the future. In Dangerous Minds Michelle Pfeiffer’s tough marine teacher goes against the odds and earns the respect of her ghetto students and makes them envision a greater future for themselves.

By contrast in Mexico there is an absence of these kinds of films. What does this tell us about the value of education? In English North American culture we accept the premise that education will set you free of whatever circumstance you find yourself. Continue reading Valuing Education

Painting Day at Huatulco Library

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Last month the Huatulco Eye and friends hosted a painting day at the Huatulco Jose Vasconcelos Municipal Library located on Guarumbo in La Crucecita. The task was to get kids to paint an entry for the annual ‘Niño y la Mar’ contest which is put on jointly by Mexico’s Council for Culture and Arts and the Secretary of the Marina- Armada. Each state will have a first prize winner, who will travel (with a parent) to the Presidential home, Los Pinos, and to the Port of Veracruz. Continue reading Painting Day at Huatulco Library