Celebrate the Christmas Season with the kids of La Palma
By Gabriela Pérez and Lexi Stickel
This year the community of La Palma and the Rural Education Institute of Mexico are hosting a Christmas celebration, and everyone is invited!
Christmas play and carols
Thu, Dec 19, 5-7pm
La Palma Community
Tickets can be bought at Solutions on Mesones
Free carpool at 4:30pm
at St. Paul’s Church
On December 19 from 5-7pm the children from the Rural Education Institute of Mexico in La Palma will be putting on a short Christmas play and singing Christmas carols. Additionally, this year the children decided to make ornaments and write Christmas poems. The children of Rural Education are eager for the Christmas holiday and just as excited to have people come see their hard work.
Guests will be welcomed into the community center with traditional food made by the mothers of the students in the program. After walking around and viewing the Christmas decorations and poems, there will be a brief presentation about the Rural Education Institute followed by the performances by the children.
Tickets to the event on December 19 are 80 pesos and can be bought at Solutions on Mesones. If you are looking for some Christmas spirit, come and check out the children in La Palma! La Palma is located on the road to Dolores Hidalgo just before Los Labradores. The turn-off for La Palma is located on the opposite side of the road from the Pemex gas station. Additionally, there will be a carpool leaving St. Paul’s Church at 4:30pm.
Though Mexico has the second largest economy in Latin America, there remains a stark inequality in the country’s education system – rural Mexico children simply do not have the same opportunities as their urban counterparts. The problem is partly financial (there are few high schools in the campo, and the government does not provide transportation for rural children to attend urban schools), and partly cultural (in rural areas, literacy is low, and education is not always a priority). The Rural Education Institute of Mexico exists to help fill this gap and to give rural children the incentive and means to go on to high school, and beyond.
Our skilled volunteers work in rural community centers providing programs that introduce children to a world outside the campo. We build libraries and help children improve their reading. Children learn art, drama, and English, among other subjects, and are taught to use computers that we supply. We also enable the most deserving children to meet the costs of going to high school, about US$700 per student per year, by awarding scholarships.
For more information about the Rural Education Institute of Mexico, please visit our website at www.ruralmex.org or call us at 415-124-1357.