Transformar Educando Is a Nonprofit Civil Association

(April 2012)

Education, Job Training, Cultural, Social and
Community Psychology program driven toward the welfare of the
Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo, México.

AKUMAL EDUCATION COMMUNITY CENTER

Transformar Educando is a nonprofit Civil Association created by a group of women which was legally constituted in 2000, but has been working in the zone for 20 years.

Its main goal is to help break the cycle of poverty through education, training, psychological help and cultural activities.

The Community Center in Akumal started functioning as such in October 2008, in lands donated by the Tulum council, with money from the Cooperación Internacional Española (International Spanish Cooperative), through "Ayuda a la Mujer Indígena" (Helping the Indigenous Women), a Spanish nonprofit, and support in México from Oasis Foundation and Engineer Oscar Constandse, education sponsor in the Riviera Maya. It is coordinated by Sociologist  Gloria Calderón who holds a great deal of experience in community development. Its disciplined and organized staff is represented by education promoters: Lidiet Nahuat and Berseidi Poot, clothing teacher Cecilia Añasco, computer teacher Luis Angel Murillo and Berseide Poot, English teacher Habram Rejón, handicrafts teacher, Lidiet Nahuat and maintenance by Filiberto Poot Aban.

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS.  The center provides education for 10- to 14-year-olds, who for some reason did not have a chance to attend a regular school program. It also offers job training programs for both men and women, free of charge. As of October 2008, the center has directly helped 292 people. The educational program is coordinated along with (IEEA) State Education Institution for youth and Adults, endorsed by Mexican Education authorities (SEP).

JOB TRAINING. CLOTHING SCHOOL-WORKSHOP, ENGLISH AND COMPUTER TRAINING

Its goal is to give women the tools needed to establish microenterprises. The workshop has six industrial machines as well as five domestic, donated by the International Spanish Cooperation.

The design and manufacturing course started out in August 2011 with 17 women filled with enthusiasm, dedication, interest, creativity, organization, and great will to learn. Although the results were excellent, 10 women had to leave the program due to the lack of money to pay the teacher which led to having to charge the students a monthly tuition.

The Community Center gets its financing from:
  • The Tulum Council which pays three half-shift people: a promoter, the English teacher and the janitor.
  • Mrs. Laura Bush currently helps out by paying the computer teacher and got a donation from a group of American women with which the sewing workshop started out.
  • Mr. Oscar Constandse helps out by paying a promoter's wages as well as all the association's operational expenses.

Transformar Educando, A.C. has been authorized by the Mexican Tax Office to accept tax-free donations.

transformareducando@prodigy.net.mx
Teléfonos oficina: 984-8759234 y celular: 984-8768678
Q. Roo, México


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