Zihuatanejo Sailfest Builds Schools for Needy Kids: February 5-11, 2018

By:  Patricia Ann Talley, Editor

The Por Los Niños Educational Charity of Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico, serves as a model to demonstrate how a local charity can work with the tourism industry, the municipality, local residents and businesses, and international volunteers to raise funds to provide educational opportunities for low-income children.

Since 2002, this charity has donated, raised funds, and built more than one hundred classrooms, bathrooms, kitchens, and playgrounds for disadvantaged children in the Zihuatanejo, Guerrero area. Nearly five thousand young students have benefited from their efforts.

The Por Los Niños, A.C. Educational Charity of Zihuatanejo is a not-for-profit charity organization legally registered in the state of Guerrero, Mexico. The charity publishes a project report every year so that donors feel comfortable contributing to this worthy cause. See: 2017 Project Summary – Por Los Ninos

Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero is a beautiful tourist destination in the Pacific – but, we must remember that its luxury and splendor is not shared by all. The reality for many local students is different. Por Los Niños Educational Charity tries to make a difference by supporting the Casa Pacifica School that provides special educational programs for high-achieving, low-income students. Listen . . .

The main fundraising event for Por Los Niños charity is the annual Zihuatanejo Sailfest—a six-day festival held the first week of every February that combines fun, games, and beach activities. Sailboats come from as far away as Alaska and the Caribbean to participate in what is becoming one of Mexico’s premier sailing events. This event includes sailboat and dinghy races, music concerts, seminars, a chili cook-off, street fairs, regattas, and school tours—all to raise funds for education.

The state Secretary of Education stated that the Zihuatanejo Sailfest is the most successful educational fundraiser in the state of Guerrero. In addition to cash donations, more than two hundred local businesses in Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo donate thousands of dollars in gifts and services, and over thirty local and international musicians perform at benefit concerts.

So, if residents, tourists, and visitors – If you really want to help some kids, then join us for the Zihuatanejo Sailfest! Click to download the 2018 Zihuatanejo Sailfest Schedule of Events  

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For more information about the charity, visit: http://porlosninos.com/

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