Thanks to KKIS, their supporters and volunteers, almost 2,000 children will receive school supplies this year. It is a fantastic day to be a volunteer, seeing their faces light up when you hand over bags of new school supplies.
It began in 2011, when a small group of people wondered why so many children did not attend school. They quickly learned that many families could not afford school supplies. And so began KKIS (Keeping Kids In School). Raising donations and providing 258 children with supplies, this organization now provides 1,998 children with school supplies.
Additionally, at least 40 high school scholarships will be awarded this year. Many young people do not attend high school due to the cost and often they are sent off to work. But these programs ensure they continue their education.
The scholarships include school registration, uniform shirts, a monthly allowance for transportation and textbooks. One business, Value Traders, has committed to 18 students again this year. The employees also provide mentoring for the students each month. One of the Value Traders mentors got a summer job for her student at a local dive shop. The student attends CETMAR High School, where all studies are focused around the ocean. She is a tourism major and is becoming a certified scuba diver in exchange for her help in the dive shop.
12 KKIS scholarship students graduated from high school in June. The celebration was held at El Jardin with 120 people in attendance. KKIS was happy to be able to celebrate the students´ achievement and spend social time with them and their families.
School supply delivery will be the first few days of class beginning August 22. KKIS is in need of volunteers with vehicles, especially trucks or vans, to transport all these bags of school supplies.
If you would like to volunteer or donate and change a child’s life, please contact Facebook/The KKIS Project.