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Cause celebre: Poblado high school

BULLETIN: It appears as of 1 p.m.Saturday that the eye of Hurricane Richard would skirt and spare the northern region of the Yucatan and cross the peninsula well south of Merida before entering the Gulf of Mexico north of Vera Cruz. Another near miss for our region which still suffers from beach erosion from prior hurricanes a few years past. We can all be thankful for Mother Nature’s benevolent whims and to all the staffs of all the condos, homes and the Colonos for taking care of our property in our absence.

Posted 10/19/10 by Pelican staff

Something positive is under way, a step toward improved education of high school children in the Poblado by way of a new high school building. It’s something we can all help move along to fruition as snowbirds return for the winter sojourn. Put a little extra in your boodle for this cause. Here is a release from the sponsors and a photo showing the laying of the first block on the foundation on Oct. 15th.

“Anat Kah, A.C., a local community foundation, together with a group of community leaders and local and international supporters, have joined forces to construct the first phase of a high school in the Poblado of Puerto Aventuras.

“Teenagers in the Poblado currently have limited options for secondary education. A state high school program serving 66 students operates in a small, loaned, community center. Due to lack of space, however, some students have been forced to study outside, under a palapa, even during the rainy season that we just experienced. Because of this space limitation, most students from Puerto go to Playa del Carmen to attend high school, but the commute and added travel costs are a burden for many families, and some choose not to send their children to high school at all.

“So now, a committee consisting of community members from both sides of the highway is working to address the community’s most urgent need: the construction of one classroom, two bathrooms and a small office. Once this phase is complete, the committee will work with local authorities to ensure the completion of the high school that will be an asset to the community and the key to a better future for many of Puerto’s young residents.cheerleader

“The foundation has been completed for the building, and the first block was laid on Friday, October 15, in a ceremony attended by community members, local and state authorities and all of the students who are currently in the high school program.

‘If you would like more information about the high school and how you can help, visit www.anatkah.org.”

“Anat Kah (meaning “village support” in Maya) is an emerging community foundation whose mission is to enhance the quality of life for residents of the Riviera Maya by supporting the development of a sustainable civil society, or non-profit sector, that promotes community participation and social investment. This will be accomplished through ongoing evaluation and assessment of community needs and opportunities, the strategic investment of resources to existing nonprofit programs and community projects, technical support for the development of new programs and projects, and the facilitation of community partnerships that help bridge gaps between service and community needs. Anat Kah will focus its initial efforts in the community of Puerto Aventuras, located approximately 15 miles south of Playa del Carmen and 25 miles north of Tulum.”

The organization is raising $35K US for the project. Deductible U.S. donations can be made online through the International Community Foundation. There is a link to the International Community Foundation at www.anatkah.org

Q. Roo remains relatively free of homicides

There is considerable dialog about the internationally publicized drug murder rate keeping potential tourists away from Mexico, in addition to the world economic downturn. For what it’s
worth, the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, home to the Riviera Maya and Puerto Aventuras, continues to barely remain under the national average of 14 homicides per 100,000 population, coming in with 13. The highest is 74 in northern Mexico’s border state of Chihuahua and the lowest, 2, in the Yucatan, our neighbor state.

Ninety percent of the nearly 30,000 victims of cartel killings since 2006 were cartel members and about 7 percent police and other government officials. The rate in Q. Roo is much less than that in many U.S. Cities, 31.4 in Washington D.C., Detroit 33.8 and New Orleans at 90.

While Mexico gets all the publicity, its intentional death rate is much lower than many other countries, with Honduras at the top with 60 per 100,000; Jamaica, Venezuela and El Salvador, all over 50. In fact, Mexico is just above the U.S. average of 5.2 with 11.6 nationally. The world average is 6.5.

We can recall, in reasonable safety here in Puerto Aventuras, U.S. President F.D. Roosevelt’s comment that “All we have to fear is fear itself.”

(Statistics from American Chamber Mexico report.)

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