Worthwhile Causes

This is a poor, tiny community with big needs.  Helping out connects you personally and every small contribution goes a long way.  It is not a drop in the bucket here. Your involvement or your money can make an immediately noticeable difference. And no matter what your interest,  there is a way to participate!

Do you like Schools?

P1030907The Heavy Lifters Club works with the parent associations at the primary and secondary school in Barra to maintain the schools. Here at the beach the maintenance is never ending; the needs are constant and governmental support is minimal. Thanks to funding by a small group of anonymous contributors and  labor donated by parents, they are not falling down! If you would like to support this effort (this year, 2015,  we need to repair two AC units, replace the basketball backboards and nets and get three working laptops and build some concrete bookselves for the primary school) please write to malibugringa@gmail.com

Kids?

Vecinos Juntos por la Educación provides scholarships (becas) for transportation to every local student attending high school and university/tecnologico. 
Mandatory education and the local schools do not go past grade nine. It costs a family here 13,000 pesos ($1,000.00 US) a year for transportation alone to complete high school in Transport Beca Distribution dec 13 2014 secondZihuatanejo. This school year the group will provide 1000 pesos ($90.00 US) to each of the 23 local high school for transportation. 
 Vecinos also supports all 12 local students who attend university/tecnologico with stipends for expenses ranging from 500 pesos a semester to 1,000 pesos a month.
Every peso donated commits to the future of beautiful Playa Blanca and its families. Should you wish to adopt a student, support more rides to school or contribute to university expenses, Contact Barbara Soulsby at barbarasoulsby@gmail.com

 

The Children’s Library Project of Barra de Potosi is a community center/lending library/after school program serving the children of La Barra and their families for 15 years. Supported entirely through voluntary contributions of materials, books, supplies and teacher time, it is a project of a non-profit civil association of village residents. At the library children find a variety of experiences to enhance their education, from homework help to workshops and classes of diverse topics, to the lending of more than 2000 state-of-the-art books plus art materials available for their use. The library has been a place for volunteer teachers from many countries to experience a gratifying interchange of culture and fun with our local children and their families. Through the years it has also provided a way to collect school supplies donated by visiting tourists which are then distributed to all our children and their Transport Beca Distribution dec 13 2014 firstteachers in prepared, equal valued packets. The library has conducted more than 30 distributions to up to 180 students and teachers including all students from kinder through high school! The children’s library has been thriving with the amazing help of our volunteer teachers. We are currently undergoing a transition with our teaching staff and welcome new volunteer help. If you are interested in helping at the library please contact Laura in the village at Casa del Encanto 755 124 6122. Your help will be greatly appreciated and make a real difference as we navigate change in our volunteer program. Here’s a link for a view of the Children’s Library of Barra de Potosi in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BfBVmuSDgs

And it is not all about kids!!! Animals need help too….
Amigos de Animales is a small animal welfare group in Barra de Potosi, Mexico.
working to :
reduce overpopulation of cats and dogs through our Free Spay and Neuter program
find loving homes for abandoned stray animals
educate people about animal care and welfare
Amigos de Animales relies on the help of the community to facilitate the program.
Whether you live here or are just visiting, you can help change a life.
reading contest 1 nazarethBy offering your home as a temporary foster for abandoned or injured animals,amigos-animales-3
trapping feral cats for neutering, volunteering for community events and fundraisers,
or simply making donations, you will help save lives that are unable to save themselves.
If you want to share a clean, animal friendly Barra de Potosi and Playa Blanca,
please visit our web page and participate. Thank you!
http://barra-de-potosi.blogspot.com/

Whales of Guerrero project aims to study humpback whales in this little explored area of Mexico, provide local fishermen and boat operators with a means to survive without further depleting natural resources and promote a unique region as worth visiting and protecting. 

fluke and bird xDo humpback whales give birth here or are they just passing through? Is this an important mating site? How many of the same humpback whales return each year? How many whales come here anyway?
Every winter, between January – March, an international team of scientists and educators works to:
  • Build a data profile of marine mammals in the region through a 10-week field study, as they have never been studied here before
  • Educate people – young and old, nationals, foreign residents and visitors – about the local marine mammals through fun, informative programs and events
  • Support the development of informed, responsible ecotourism by offering marine naturalist training to local boat operators
  • Promote sustainable ecotourism through naturalist expeditions, volunteer vacations and scientific marine eco-excursions
The project’s intention is to raise awareness about responsible whale watching practices, get local kids excited about science and nature and advance scientific understanding about marine mammals in the state of Guerrero.
Here’s how to contact:  http://www.whalesinmexico.com
You can also keep up with their exciting, fun news on Facebook: http://wwwfacebook.com/whalesinmexico

DSC_7321wgrp_6130And let’s not forget the turtles!

Campamento Tortuguero Ayotlcalli works all along Last Best Beach to collect turtle eggs to protect them from predators (especially the two legged kind). You can visit their camp on donated land on the beach road to the airport from Barra de Potosi. Or you can call Allan and ask if he has any crias (hatchlings) to release and for a nice donation he will bring them to your hotel/casa/b&b for release. Here is their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ayotlcalli – Call Allan at 755-102-0782 or 755-121-1021