Hungry children can’t learn. One woman, Carol Romain, a Zihuatanejo resident originally from Vancouver Island, British Columbia, runs a project to feed over 120 of the area’s low-income students every week. And, she’s known to say – “Get up off your big butts and help feed some little butts!”
So, get off your butts and help! You can make a donation on-line, buy a raffle ticket to win a luxury vacation, or attend a fundraising event in the area.
Zihuatanejo resident Carol Romain, originally from Canada, runs a program to feed talented, needy students at Casa Pacifica magnet school. Please donate and help!
“Carol’s Rice and Beans” program provides nutritious meals for students at the Casa Para Niños del Pacifico School in Zihuatanejo. The school provides a unique educational program to 120 of Zihuatanejo’s brightest, and most economically-disadvantaged, students. These exceptional students attend their typical half-day public primary school (morning or afternoon), and continue their studies for an additional four hours at Casa Para Niños. Classes include computers, English, reading, values and ethics, and homework assistance. It is a challenging workload, but the kids can’t wait to get there. The school is 100% funded by community donations and receives no government assistance.
“Carol’s Rice & Beans” nutrition program plays a critical role in getting these bright-eyed young scholars ready to learn. For many, it provides their only nourishing meals of the day. All are from very poor families with average monthly incomes of less than $150 USD. The children attending the morning session receive breakfast and lunch; those attending the afternoon session receive lunch and a healthy snack – a total of more than 30,000 meals a year.
Each year, Carol organizes raffles and donations to fund this student nutrition program. Each morning during the school year, she gets up to organize, buy and even deliver the food. A typical weekly food order includes: 10 chickens; 25 lbs. of meat; 8 lbs. of cheese; 5 cases of cereal; 5 cases of milk; 35 lbs. of rice; 35 lbs. of beans; 144 eggs; cooking oil and condiments; and a pick-up truckload (about 180 lbs.) of fruits and vegetables. Grade point averages have soared since the introduction of the program.
Carol not only organizes raffles and donations to fund the school nutrition program, she gets up every morning to help buy and deliver the groceries!
You Can Help!
You can help to elevate the educational levels and futures for these smart, yet needy students.
Donate on-line: Go to: www.porlosninos.com
Buy a Raffle Ticket for a Luxury Vacation: You can also participate by buying a $50.00 USD raffle ticket for a luxury, all-inclusive vacation in Ixtapa. For details, go to: Por Los Ninos | Rice and Beans.
Attend a “Peace Pals Art Exhibition” Fundraising Event: The Peace Pals International Art Exhibition will start its national tour of Mexico in April, with its first stop in Zihuatanejo. This art exhibition is a collection of drawings about peace by children from 86 countries around the world. A donation of $15 USD or $200 pesos is requested. A portion of these donations will benefit “Carol’s Rice & Beans” program in Zihuatanejo. For more information, see: www.imagine-mexico.com/category/special-events.
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