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Community Collaborates for the Children of Playa del Carmen

Support the KKIS Project’s annual auction, and help local students receive the education they deserve

Since its founding in 2011, the KKIS Project (Keeping Kids in School) has had the honor of helping families that live in the most challenging of circumstances, by educating and inspiring their children. Over the past six years, with the generous financial support from businesses and individuals living and working in the community of Playa del Carmen, the KKIS Project has expanded the number of children it helps by a factor of 10. Of course, that is still a drop in the bucket compared to the need, but you can contribute and be part of a proud tradition that makes this community great, inspiring the children of Playa del Carmen.

In 2016, KKIS supporters accomplished the following:

  • It funded scholarships for 45 public high school students and saw all 10 seniors graduate.
  • It provided school supplies for 2,300 primary and secondary students & teachers.
  • It volunteered over 700 hours by mentoring scholarship students and practicing conversational English with high school students.

 

We see our work as an investment in children and the community, and maintain the vision that all children should receive a minimum of 12 years of free education”

Kelly Caldwell

Director, The KKIS Project

 

Education is the passport to a better future  

Feedback received from teachers and mentors suggests that these programs are working. More students are continuing on through 12 years of education, young students are being inspired to study. The financial burden for families whose economic situation is already dire is being relieved somewhat. With the continued help of the Playa del Carmen community KKIS is working to strengthen and grow their programs in 2017 by:

  • Growing the scholarship and mentors program.
  • Increasing the number of school supplies distributed.
  • Expanding English conversation practice.

Kelly Caldwell, a director at The KKIS Project, describes the diversity and compassion of the Playa del Carmen community as “extraordinary.” She says, “We see our work as an investment in children and the community, and maintain the vision that all children should receive a minimum of 12 years of free education.”

One of many opportunities to contribute to this vision will occur on March 1 at the 6th Annual KKIS Auction & Dinner, held at Wah Wah Beach Bar.  This important community event is a significant source of funding that sustains and makes this organization effective. This year the event will feature entertainment by acclaimed Elvis impersonator, Mark Stevenz, and accomplished Blues singer, Brent Parkin. All you have to do is raise a paddle. You can buy your tickets now at www.kkisauction.com.

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