Isla Mujeres Student sponsorship 2009 update

For about 16 months now I have been co-sponsoring a young woman who is going to university in Merida. The cost to sponsor Alejandra is $200 a month. Alejandra’s mother makes a living and supports her family by selling pareos along the road to Playa Sol and Nautibeach Condos. I can only imagine how difficult it was for her mother to scrape together $200 a month on top of living expenses for herself and her other children. Alejandra wants to be a kindergarten teacher because she says “everyone needs to start school”.

This month while on Isla I finally met Alejandra’s mother. I usually get to the beach before she sets up her pareos and leave after she has left for the day. I made sure to leave the beach early enough one day so that I could introduce myself to Juanita. I asked her if she was Juanita (I knew she was as I have seen photos of her). I mentioned Alejandra’s name and said that I was Jackie. Juanita gave me a big hug and a huge smile and thanked me. Juanita speaks very little English and I speak only a little Spanish but we were able to communicate and I told Juanita that I will be back after Christmas and would like to meet Alejandra.

Alejandra's mother Juanita

Alejandra's mother Juanita

I bought a pareo from Juanita and I am quite sure she gave me a special price. If you see Juanita please buy a pareo or two from her.

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If you would like to find out how to sponsor an Isla student please ask me.

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5 Responses

  1. Great post about meeting your students family. We enjoy getting to see Gaby & her family when we go to Isla & are looking forward to Jan.–for the 1st time Tim & JoAnne &Alan & I will all be there at the same time! Hope you get to see Alejandra when you are down.

  2. This is a great post.

  3. […] that I sponsor Posted on January 3, 2010 by jackieinpdx Along with two other women I have sponsored Alejandra since March 2008. Alejandra has been going to university in Merida for 2 1/2 years. She is studying […]

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