Imagine 250 people from around the world coming to Cancun to fix a public school!
The GAP Partnership, a global negotiation consultancy based in England, came to Cancun with a group of 250 people for a global meeting.
Between the programmed activities, this wonderful group of people took an entire morning to transform a public local junior high school in Cancun called Jose Martí.
The school needed shades, landscaping, shelves for the library, new desks for the kids, exterior and interior painting and a classroom makeover.
6 missions to accomplish!
All the work had to be done fast, in order and efficiently, so The KKIS Project had the support of a long-time partner: Grupo Events. Jordan McDonald, director at Grupo Events and his incredible team organized the participants in teams by colors. Each color had a special mission to complete.
- Blue team: shade sails and stage beautification.
- Yellow team: interior painting and library build.
- Purple team: exterior painting.
- Green team: landscaping.
- Pink team: sports package and classroom makeover.
- White team: support for the rest of the teams.
As the 5 buses with 250 people arrived at this school, kids were already waiting for them with a special welcome committee. Children, perfectly formed and in their uniforms, shouted ¡muchas gracias! (thank you very much) as they clapped.
The welcome was so overwhelming, that all kids from all classrooms walked out to see what was going on. Imagine how the participants felt with this welcoming!
“What I thought about, is not the work we’ve done, the painting, the cleanup… these kids will talk about this for weeks, they will tell their parents, their friends, their families… and if by association, the whole concept of education becomes more important to them, that’s worth achieving. If in 15, 20 years’ time the Mexican education produces a candidate that we can employ, well…” Alistair, participant.
The GAP is keeping a kid in school
If transforming an entire school with 1,400 students divided into 2 shifts wasn’t enough, participants will be sponsoring a public high school student in Playa del Carmen for 3 years!
The KKIS Project will make sure that The GAP Partnership members know all about their student’s progress.
“It just blows my mind, coming from England is inconceivable to us that maybe kids can’t finish their education. In England, we just assume that all children have the right to education and the right to finish that education. When we announced to the company what we were going to be doing, it has really grounded us. You forget when you live in your little bubble just how privileged we all are. This has made a huge impact on us, in our company”, Ann Marie, The GAP Partnership.
If you, like this generous group of people wish to keep a kid in school through the KKIS Scholarship Program, click here.
Thank you, The GAP Partnership!
The transformation at the school had all the kids excited, while some Teachers were almost in tears.
“We were waiting for something like this for years. Thank you for doing this for us today, we will never forget this day. Thanks to you, our kids can play soccer again, have a library, new desks and shades to protect them from the sun”, Director at José Martí.
Thank you all, The GAP Partnership! Thank you for giving back to children in Mexico.