"On the 12th day of Christmas my true love gave to me...."

This beloved traditional holiday song is the inspiration for a seasonal blog series, "12 Days/12 Ways", an effort to draw attention to 12 worthy not for profit groups in Playa del Carmen and along the Riviera Maya and address their particular needs during this holiday season.

For each of the 12 days of Christmas, the BuyPlaya Blog, better known as "Life's a Beach" will spotlight a charitable organization. Many of these 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 my plan to do this every year, with updated information and wish lists.

The "12 Day/12 Ways" list has been completed for 2010. The organizations are listed in no particular order. 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 inclusion next year.



El Mundo Para Puerto Morelos  El Mundo Para Puerto Morelos SC   A Charity for the Community, Puerto Morelos, Mexico - Determining the Need, Implementing the Solution. Our goal is to inspire the citizens and friends of Puerto Morelos, Quintana Roo, Mexico to enrich their lives and their community in the areas of health, education, and welfare through financial generosity and volunteer commitment.


Through research and open communication EMPPM determines needs that are not being met through normal bureaucratic channels, work with community leaders to identify solutions to meet those needs, then focuses on the steps necessary to implement plans for solving the issues. Please join EMPPM in supporting this small, beautiful, thriving fishing community struggling to maintain its autonomy in a world of international tourists.


El Mundo Para Puerto Morelos began in the aftermath of devastating hurricanes Wilma and Emily. In October, 2005, a group of local expatriates were made aware of a disturbing problem in one of the primary schools. With an enrollment of 700 and a water system damaged by the storms, the students and faculty were only able to flush the toilet twice a day, and had no water for hand washing. The locals responded by reaching into their pockets asking how much it would cost. Thus began the organization and establishment of El Mundo Para Puerto Morelos, SC, (The World for Puerto Morelos), and its first project of successfully replacing the school's entire water system.


EMPPM responded, and still responds, to the needs of this rapidly growing community. This civil organization provides assistance for pregnant women with no money for vitamins or a healthy diet, medical clinics in desperate need of supplies, schools with little or no resources, and emergency responders with no safety equipment. EMPPM seeks to fill these needs by organizing and, supporting community activities and fund-raising events, supplying desperately needed supplies and equipment, and supporting special construction projects. Ninety five percent of all donations go directly to these community needs, with five per cent covering administrative costs.


El Mundo Para Puerto Morelos is certified as non-profit in Mexico and in the United States (Friends of El Mundo Para Puerto Morelos), as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, Tax ID# 80-0515521. The focus has been on enriching the lives of everyone in the community through maintenance and improvement in the areas of health, education, and welfare.

With the help of tourists, friends, expats, and local residents EMPPM has been able to tackle major issues in our community, aiding the emergency responders, medical clinics, and educational facilities and families with special programs, supplies, and equipment. EMPPM looks forward to continuing this assistance through contributions and donations from supporters, both worldwide and local.

El Mundo Para Puerto Morelos 

How can you help? 


Monetary donations are welcomed and much needed to continue the in valuable programs initiated by EMPPM. For monetary donations in the US: 

Make checks payable to: El Mundo para Puerto Morelos
Mail to our US Rep:
c/o Kay R. McMillan
4115 Honeycomb Rock Circle
Austin, Texas 78731-2015 USA
(You will receive official acknowledgment of your contribution for tax purposes) 

In Mexico, donations of cash or much needed items from the wish list can be dropped off in the village of Puerto Morelos at: 

Mama's Bakery: North of Police Station
Dive In Puerto Morelos: Next to Mama's Bakery
Mayan Riviera Properties: Beach side of Town Square   


This year, Kinder Francisco Madero (kindergarten on the beach front in Puerto Morelos) is the focus for EMPPM. This small school needs a lot of things to bring them up to standard.

Stove, microwave and refrigerator for food storage and preparation

Plastic playground equipment (available here at around 2500 usd)

Digital camera

CD player/radio, small boom-box

Portable sound system with microphone

32” Flat-screen TV

30” Sony Trinitron TV

Ceiling fans (10)

HP Computer

HP Deskjet printer

Wooden bookshelves (6)

Plastic chairs for kids (20)

Sunscreen/cover for playground area

Plastic games and puzzles

Minisplit air conditioners (3)

Exterior Paint (3 buckets)

Interior Paint - acrylic, white and primary colors (20 liters)


El Mundo Para Puerto Morelos 

Additionally, there are other schools and organizations also desperately in need of assistance and contributions. Items needed include: 

Large wooden geometry sets (contain meter stick, compass, triangle) – for teachers

Student spiral bound notebooks – with lines and with squares (but not tiny squares)

Assorted easy to read books in Spanish (BookWorms is a good series with a variety of topics. Published by Marshall Cavendish Benchmark, New York


Reams and Reams of colored paper

Colored pencils and Pencils

School scissors, glue, staplers

Educational wall decorations and mobiles – planet systems, biology, geology etc in Spanish if possible

Air conditioning units - mini splits (4)

Chairs for teachers - many needed

Paint for school walls and cleaning equipment

Tooth brushes and toothpaste

Math flash cards

Educational toys (not battery-operated)

Toy building materials such (like large Lego)


Art supplies – paints, brushes

Plastic containers for storage

Buckets of white paint

Microscope for Biology

Set of good sound speakers for practicing English

Security bars and doors

Trees and shrubs

Benches for the children to eat out doors

Sports equipment - basketball rings and nets, soccer nets, balls, volleyball net

Rubber boots for the fire department - sizes 5-10

Examination and resuscitation equipment and supplies

X-ray machine and supplies

Paramedic supplies, stretchers, wheel chairs, crutches, splints

General and obstetric medicines                         


El Mundo Para Puerto Morelos 

For more information:
Cat Brown

52 998 251 8060 Mexico
512-410-8146 USA