We were incredibly busy in 2021 with fundraising for desperately needed repairs and renovations. Many parts of our buildings and grounds have not had maintenance for 30+ years and it was becoming dangerous for the children.
Thanks to the generosity of some key donors, we have been able to plow through with some of the very necessary renovations and repairs. We now have repaired walls and roofs, shiny new bathrooms, 2 storage rooms, created a new concrete sports area for basketball, soccer, volleyball (even pickleball!), a new gate and new perimeter fence, new playground equipment, as well as happy painted murals on most of the buildings.
We've still got a few final repairs nearing completion and those funds have been raised. We're so very grateful!
KID'S ART PROJECT AT AKUMAL ARTS FESTIVAL
Key to the success of the Akumal Arts Festival held annually in Akumal Pueblo is the involvement of every school age child in the town. Each year the festival team includes Kaori and her teachers to create a pilot art project for Hekab Be students. It is then offered in different Akumal schools and classes. The artwork is installed as the festival is kicking off, often staying in place for years.
Our 2022 installation for the 4th annual Akumal Arts Festival (Jan 28-30) was a series of mobiles created from recycled plastic bottle caps, wine corks, plastic bottles and CD's/DVD's. Go take a look at all of the kid's creativity along the center median path the next time you're in the pueblo!
We'll announce our 2023 project in the Fall of 2022.
HEALTH EDUCATION CENTER
Many expats and tourists want to donate medical supplies as well as their time and expertise in helping to empower the local population to adopt better health and medical routines. We would like to convert our 3rd unused classroom into a Health Education Center to maximize the impact of the assets being generously offered.
In keeping with the Hekab Be mission of providing educational opportunities for children and adults, families can be educated on a variety of preventative care techniques and provided with the tools and equipment, all free of charge. We expect to be able to provide education on and supplies for dental health, glucose testing and referrals, basic health questionnaires, dispensing of readers and free basic eye exams, health and fitness classes, and meditation classes.
The doctors in Akumal pueblo will be donating their time and will also be training a few pueblo secondary school students to do basic testing. Several retired doctors and nurses have expressed an interest in volunteering their time
We've set a goal of $8,000 USD for the repairs and renovations needed to convert the classroom into this facility. We hope to achieve this in Spring 2022. Big thanks to 2 special TAO owners that have provided an initial donation that will allow us to work towards making this a reality! 😊 We'd be grateful for any donation that you are motivated to earmark for this newest initiative!
Once we open the facility, then we'll be looking for volunteers to help with the programming and testing.