Sunday, December 18, 2011 5:00 AM
12 Days/12 Ways 2011 - Anat Kah in Puerto Aventuras
"On the 12th day of Christmas my true love gave to me...."
This beloved traditional holiday song is the
inspiration for our seasonal blog series, "12 Days/12 Ways", a
promotional effort of goodwill we started last year to draw attention
to 12 not-for-profit groups or charitable organizations in Playa del
Carmen and along the
Riviera Maya. So many people from around the world travel to the Riviera
Maya during the holiday season. Many reach out to us via regional
message boards and Facebook looking for a way to give back to the less
fortunate residents in our local communities. 12 Days/12 Ways was
started to help these generous, kind-hearted visitors find legitimate
and worthy charitable organizations to support, addressing their
particular needs for this holiday
For each of the 12 days of Christmas, the BuyPlaya
Blog, better known as "Life's a Beach", will spotlight a charitable
organization or giving opportunity. Some may already be familiar to locals and
frequent travelers to this area. Others, perhaps those most in need of
recognition and support, may be new to our readers. It is our hope to do
this every year, with updated information and wish lists.
The "12 Day/12 Ways" list has not yet been completed for 2011. If you have a favorite
charity that you feel belongs on this list, collect all of the
information you can and I will be happy to consider your group for
Anat Kah (meaning "village support" in Maya) is an emerging community foundation
whose mission is to enhance the quality of life for residents of the Riviera
Maya by supporting the development of a sustainable civil society,
or non-profit sector, that promotes community participation and social investment.
This will be accomplished through ongoing evaluation and assessment of community
needs and opportunities, the strategic investment of resources to existing
nonprofit programs and community projects, technical support for the development
of new programs and projects, and the facilitation of community partnerships
that help bridge gaps between service and community needs. Anat Kah A.C. will focus
its initial efforts in the community of Puerto Aventuras. These are just a few of the initiatives currently supported by Anat Kah:
Bolsas Kah - "Community Bags"
is a community collaboration between Anat Kah and a group of talented
seamstresses in the Poblado. Using donated denim jeans, shorts and
skirts, the women have stitched stylish handbags, wallets, makeup cases,
passport covers, and other goods to be sold in and around Puerto
Aventuras. All proceeds from the sale of Bolsas Kah products support
Anat Kah and our programs and grant-making activities.
Camp Corazones -
Camp Corazones is a summer day camp inspired by the work of Carrie Conn
and her organization, Carrie's Heart, for children with disabilities
throughout the Yucatan peninsula. It is sponsored by Carrie's Heart and
Anat Kah. The camp brings together children with and without
disabilities, volunteers from the local community and from the United
States, and special educators, every weekday morning for two weeks in
July at Colegio Puerto Aventuras. Organizers plan and supervise games and activities that
are suitable for all campers, in order to fulfill the camp's mission of
promoting compassion and acceptance in children.
¡Hermanitos! - ¡Hermanitos! is a mentorship program that matches high school-aged
students in Puerto Aventuras with elementary school-aged youth from the
Poblado. The students meet weekly in the Puerto Aventuras daycare
center or the middle school to work on homework together, play games, do
activities and practice English.
A High School for Puerto Aventuras -
Approximately 150 students are enrolled in the local middle school, and forty students will graduate this July.
This and future graduating classes need and deserve a local high school that can accommodate all students
who want to continue their education past the ninth grade.
A high school program serving 50
students operates in a small community center, where there is space to accommodate just two grades; there
are three grades in Mexican high school.
Community members from both sides of the highway have come together to address the population's most
urgent need: the construction of one classroom, two bathrooms and a small office that will accommodate the
third high school class.
Community leaders, local businesses and Anat Kah have joined forces to launch "Building for the
Future," a $35,000 usd fundraising campaign to construct this first phase of a complete community
high school in the Poblado of Puerto Aventuras.
How can YOU help?
The time for giving is upon us and once again, a local anonymous donor has offered to match 2:1 any gift made to Anat Kah A.C. throughout the month of December. For every peso or dollar contributed this month, Anat Kah will receive THREE! This matching gift has become a tradition at Anat Kah over the past
three years, and the generosity or Anat Kah supporters combined with the generosity of this
donor has been instrumental in
This is a wonderful opportunity to triple the impact of your donation in the community of Puerto Aventuras. Whether your gift goes towards after-school programs and summer activities for children, leadership training for youth, English classes for children and adults, community health initiatives, income opportunities for women or creativity training for teachers, every peso will count and keep Anat Kah moving
forward, further and further, each year.
Local contributors with peso accounts can easily deposit/transfer funds into the Anat Kah AC Mexican bank account using the following information:
Bank: Scotiabank Inverlat
Name: Anat Kah, A.C.
U.S. donors can make tax-deductible donations to Anat Kah A.C. through the Friends of the Riviera Maya Fund at the
International Community Foundation. The International Community Foundation is a U.S.-based nonprofit organization
that works to facilitate and promote cross-border philanthropy between the United States and Mexico and around the
If you would like your contribution to be earmarked for a particular Anat Kah program or service, please send an email to christina[at]fcrivieramaya.org with your name and donation amount so that we know to attribute your gift to the project of your choice.
Donate Medical Supplies:
Needed immediately are test strips for the One Touch Ultra 2 Glucometer and for Precision Xtra Glucometer. Approximately 100 strips are needed WEEKLY for diabetic patients in Tulum, Puerto Aventuras, Akumal and Chemuyil! As the program grows and expands, so too will the need for supplies. Please contact Claudia Muñoz. for more details and to arrange a place to leave the supplies akumalsur[at]msn.com.
For youth and adult sports programs in the poblado of Puerto Aventuras:
- Baseball and softball gloves (adult and children's sizes)
- Baseball, softball and soccer shoes (adult and children's sizes)
- Baseball bats
Gloves, shoes and bats can be brought to Captain Rick's Sport Fishing in the Marina of Puerto Aventuras
For Bolsas Kah :
- Beads, beads and more beads! (glass, wood, plastic, etc.)
- Used clothing items
- Fabric remnants
For ¡Hermanitos! and Camp Corazones:
- Wallpaper remnants
Old children's magazines
- Any and all craft and art supplies - They will find a way to create art with anything that comes along!
For more information, contact Christina Alexander.
Anat Kah A.C.