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What Motivates Us

While 12 years of education in Mexico is compulsory, the average number of years of education is only 9. Students who want to go on to high school need to pay for an entrance exam, school fees, transportation and uniform costs. Our goal for the 2017/2018 school year is to give 45 full scholarships to students in need who have good grades. We believe in public education. It is not a perfect system in any country, but we believe that 12 years of education should be free to the citizens of a democratic country. We want to provide the children here with every opportunity for success and that starts with education.

Give the gift of a high school education to a child in Playa del Carmen

What We Do About It

We provide scholarship applications to communities in need recommended to us by the municipal social services organization, DIF.  With the help of school administrators, we choose recipients based on previous grade point average, and financial need. All scholarship students are assigned a KKIS mentor – a Spanish speaking individual who tracks the students progress, provides guidance and positive reinforcement.  We started in 2015 with 18 scholarships and grew it the following year to 35 full scholarships and 10 partial scholarships (books only).

How Does It Help?

KKIS scholarships keep students in school – students, who despite their good grades, were at risk of not going to high school simply for economic reasons.  With the exams, entrance fees, transportation, uniforms and school supplies paid for, the students are able to focus on their studies and keep their grades.

We need your help!

Donations of all sizes are what keeps KKIS going and helping the children in Playa del Carmen.  Please click the DONATE NOW button at the top of the page to make a donation.