Rural Ed Needs You to Help with Expansion!
By Ana Lenz
San Miguel de Allende is one of the most unequal municipalities in Mexico. Just three miles away from the Jardín is one of its most marginal localities: Santa Teresita de Don Diego. Located on the highway to Celaya, next to Los Frailes and Malanquín Golf Club, it presents dismal statistics. Of 1,487 inhabitants, 1,147 didn’t finish basic education (primary and secondary), 214 are illiterate, 57 children aren’t attending school, and the average schooling is 4.5 years.
In light of this reality, the neighbors of the Malanquín Golf Club decided to work together with the community, where most of the club’s caddies live, and with the Rural Education Institute of Mexico (best known as Rural Ed), to create a community center that will provide an extra-curricular education program for children and teenagers.
At the community center, Rural Ed will offer computer classes, English, a library, arts, music, and sports. Furthermore, there will be Internet access (currently there is no Internet in the community), a library, and a public space with a children’s playground, all of these for free. Rural Ed is dedicated to improving educational opportunities for Mexican children in non-urban areas of Guanajuato.
In diverse participatory design exercises, the residents of Santa Teresita de Don Diego have shown a lot of enthusiasm for the project, which is about to enter its construction phase. At the moment, Rural Education Institute of Mexico and the Malanquín Golf Club have collected 50 percent of the necessary funds for the community center construction. We want to invite the San Miguel community to become part of the project, either by making a donation (tax deductible in the US through its 501 (c) (3) or by contributing with construction materials, workforce, furniture, computers, books, or time as a volunteer. Sponsoring companies will be publicized in the Institute’s social networks.
Would you join us to work for an egalitarian and inclusive Mexico?
If you want to know how to get involved in the project, please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.ruraledinst.org