In Other News:
Manzanilla little league soccer team is looking for a sponsor for new
soccer uniforms. If you are interested, please Contact
first classroom of the Costalegre Educational Center has been made
ØBe sure to check our website at www.lacatalinafoundation.com
in January 2009 to find great items at our online auction
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help with educational and economic development in Mexico?
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about Volunteer Oppurtunities.
Issue 11 – Fall 2008 La
Children’s Summer Camp – A Splashing
LCEF ‘s annual Children’s
English and Art Summer Camp in La Manzanilla was once again a huge success.
closed 20 minutes after it opened and due to the high turn out, 12 more spaces were created for more
children to attend. |
cost of the program was 50 pesos per Mexican child for the complete 4-week
Dental Health Classes & Dental
Products to Elementary School Students
LCEF organized Dental Health classes in the
elementary school that focused on teaching the children proper dental
hygiene. The classes were taught by LCEF volunteer and local dentist,
Dr. Giancarlo Medina Ramirez. As part of the program, all
children received free toothbrushes, dental floss and toothpaste. Many
families in La Manzanilla cannot afford these products and were very
grateful for this opportunity.
Due to the success
of this program, LCEF plans to make this an annual event and will try to
include all three La Manzanilla schools next year. If you are coming to La Manzanilla
and would like to donate dental supplies for this event, please Contact
us. Thank you to Estitique Dental
Clinic, the Optimist Club of Auburn, and
Jane Roach for donating all the dental products and to
Giancarlo Ramirez for bringing dental health
education to the children of La Manzanilla.
information on dental services with Dr. Giancarlo Ramirez, stop by his office in La
Manzanilla, located across the street from the laundromat or contact him by
phone at 044-315-107-1249.
Fall/Winter Educational Programs Launched at
LCEF`s Costa Alegre Educational Center
The first classroom of the Costa Alegre Educational Center
is now in use, with a full schedule of free programs for the
community. Our current
Children English Classes
Teen & Adult English Classes
Children’s Art Classes
Preschool & Primary School Story
To learn more about the Educational Center and programs please
We are currently looking for funding to build bathrooms for the
center. To make a donation,
please click here.
In addition to the programs being run at our new facility,
LCEF is administering English classes in the public schools for 4th through
9th graders. Additionally, with the musical talents of our
current intern Elisa de la Peña, LCEF is giving music classes to the
middle school students.
Tote Bag Fundraising
New Teacher Brings Smiles
to La Manzanilla Children
La Catalina Educational
Foundation welcomes Elisa de
Peña, our new teacher intern from Mission Viejo,
California. To learn more
about Elisa, please check out her bio on our volunteer
staff page our or keep reading
What made you decide to come and
volunteer with lCEF?
“Upon graduating from
college, I've had this burning desire to put what I've learned into
practice. I believe volunteering with LCEF is a great place to start where
I can gain experience with a non-profit organization that cares about the
community and individual needs, just as I do. I've been blessed with
privileges and had the opportunity to save money where I can be in the
position to volunteer, and LCEF worked out accommodatingly because there
were no extra expenses aside from sustaining myself here. It's been
extremely helpful that LCEF has granted me with accommodations like a
place to call home and Spanish classes to further practice the
What are your ambitions in
“I wish to be in a
position where I can help others on a larger scale than I'm capable of now.
Whether it is being a force of healing others spiritually and
psychologically or creating an organization of helping economically and
socially, I'm not sure. But as for now I am still learning as a sponge,
soaking in my experiences to understand the role I want to play in
terms of a career. Another ambition is to be at peace and in love wherever
I am in life.”
What do you hope to offer
to the community while volunteering with LCEF?
“I hope to be
a helpful teacher in English. I also hope the children in
the art classes will have fun with me in our creations and explorations.
And I hope that the community feels my energy that is so willingly to give
help and love. “
BIG THANK YOU TO SOME OF OUR
we want to give thanks to the following part-time residents, visitors and
friends of La Manzanilla who donated supplies and program materials or who
made a contribution to the foundation and public schools: Jim
and Susan Farrell, Tia Richardson, Kimberly Smith, Judy Rohloff, Gabriela
de la Vega, Ann & Tim Edwards, Martin's Restuarant, Julie Liotta,
Larry Segall,Beatriz Maizel & Family, Rusty & Julie, Jane
Roach, Auburn Optimist Club, Ben & Marie McTaggart,
Spencer & Colleen Colby, Carolyn & Roger deRoos,
Tracy Lovell, Jonathan Hilton, Jeff Dalto, Chris deRoos, Nick &
Sudi Klompas, Marcia Grothe, Deanna & Darwin Hammersly, Michael
Pace, Dan, Artis Cafe, Cafe Risa, Figaro's Restuarant and
Duane & Cheryl Chaves.
La Catalina Educational Foundation, the
schools and the children of La Manzanilla say,