March 23 Update
We raised $1905 for San Evaristo! The funds have been sent to Sherri Brenner and she and her husband will be purchasing the necessary supplies and bringing them on their boat for delivery in San Evaristo. This is very exciting! Thank you to all who contributed!
As we have in the past few years, giving back to the community has become part of each Rendezvous. This year, San Evaristo, will again receive a little extra special attention from the sailing sisterhood. Please be aware that all funds donated will be tracked and how they are used will be shared after the trip.
A Bit about San Evaristo
The lovely remote fishing village of San Evaristo is home to 30 hardworking families including 12 children. It is only accessible by boat or a five hour journey over a very difficult rocky road via four wheel drive high clearance vehicle. Constrained by location the village has limited electricity, water and access to basic resources. The village economy is mostly supported by the fishermen selling to markets in La Paz. Most of the men in the community fish, often being absent for extended periods of time at the fishing camps on the local islands with VHF radio and cell phone the families’ only means of communication.
Several years ago the government built a one room schoolhouse in the community. Sherri Brenner (fellow WWS who sails in the area on SV Pablo) recently spoke with Maria, the school teacher, and she said the school is in need of some repairs. The fence is damaged which allows animals into the yard where the children play. The roof has some damage from recent storms and the floor is in need of repair. Also, recently a pipeline was installed in the community bringing limited amounts of non potable water to the homes and the school but she wishes that the water could run to the school bathroom. She has also asked for help with the needs of the children. They could each use some shoes, help with the purchase of school uniforms and school supplies.
We have a list of supplies needed for the repairs and the shoe and uniform size of each child. It is our goal to raise $1500 to help the school of San Evaristo and its children. A donation form is included below. Donations will go through Paypal to my account (Julie) and will be given directly to Sherri, who will purchase the specific items needed for repair of the school and uniforms in the correct sizes. Please note that these contributions are not tax deductible.
If you wish offer a tangible gift here are a few things people in community can use:
For the adults:
- Solar cell phone chargers (allows fisherman to stay in touch with families while at fishing camps)
- Headlamps/batteries – solar powered even better
- Luci Lights
- Solar lights
- Hats for men and women
- Fishing mask for protection from the sun (like neck gaiter)
- Long sleeve t-shirts or sun shirts for men
For the children:
- Colored pencils
- Coloring crayons
- Sketch pads
- NO note books (they use specific composition books in Mexican schools)
- Geometry tools
- Multilingual books (example: Brighter Child Keepsake stories)
- Balls (soccer, baseball, etc…)
- Hats (sun Protection)
School supplies for the students in San Evaristo.
So happy to be a part. Can we help with repairs when we are there? See you soon. Hugs and kisses, Cybele
In connection with Women Who Sail