Community Work: San Simón, Yax-ha, bejuco, Senderos del Alma
Thanks to my friend Enrique Valdes, director of sustainable tourism and Maya communities with Mayaland, we have been able to provide school supplies to 40 children in San Simón. The mayor of this little village welcomed us and we were able to meet and personally present the school supplies to the children of San Simón while their mothers beamed at the children's excitment. As an added bonus the children sang the Mexican national anthem to us in Maya. In addition, generous citizens of Colorado donated 200 kilos of clothing for San Simón families through Mr Fernando Barbachano.
is the newest community we are supporting. Doña Veronica, the secretary for the 'ayuntamiento' escorted us through Yax-Ha, meaning green water (you should know these two words if you have used your VozMaya) , has allowed us into the village and we have donated 20 sets of school supplies to children in Yax-Ha. In addition, the women of Yax-Ha are being taught to weave baskets using a vine called bejuco. Otilio a Maya artisan who learned to weave bejuco from his father, is giving free lessons in the community building, twice a week. I will post pictures, but you'll see that bejuco is basically wicker. Joan Farell, the founder of AANY in Mérida (New Artists and Artisans of the Yucatan) has just confirmed she will also support the bejuco products made by Otilio and his students. see
Senderos del Alma
Artist Ivan Baltazar, and psychologist Claudia Herandez have used our supplies and donations to give Art Therapy Workhops to women and communities in and around Merida and Uxaml.
We made small contributions to: Evolucion Animal evolucionanimal.org and
Oasis Yucatan www.oasisyucatan.org.
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