Your Donations Have Changed the Lives of Students in Playa del Carmen

Your support for KKIS makes what we do possible. Some of you help us teach English classes. Others provide school supplies. Some of you provide daily assistance with projects that we’re working on. While others donate money for school sponsorships. Whatever you do to help, it makes us stronger. It makes us who we are […] ... Continue Reading »
By: The KKIS Project  
on: March 01, 2022
Your Donations Have Changed the Lives of Students in Playa del Carmen

Your support for KKIS makes what we do possible.

Some of you help us teach English classes. Others provide school supplies. Some of you provide daily assistance with projects that we’re working on. While others donate money for school sponsorships.

Whatever you do to help, it makes us stronger. It makes us who we are and what we can do for students. We do this for students to change their lives, so we can show them what is possible.. A student can have a dream, and make that dream come true.

KKIS University Scholarship

There’s a couple from Montana that I would like to publicly recognize. I first met them at a Rotary meeting five years ago and we became friends. Each year they invite me to come out and see them at their place when they spend the Winter here.

A year ago they told me that they were so impressed with the job we were doing, that they wanted their money to help change the lives of students. They then told me that they were going to donate 10 university scholarships for 4 years.

Rick Tiemann and Susan Gibb jump-started our university program. Every student that graduated from high school and wanted to go to university could do so because they made it possible. And every year for the next 3 years they will keep on doing that.

I had no idea when I began this little KKIS project in 2012 that it would still be going strong 10 years later, that it would grow beyond my wildest dreams.

It is so rewarding as the founder, who is involved in KKIS on a daily basis, to see the change in students. When we meet them as 10th graders they’re shy, introverted. They cover their mouths when they talk. Some won’t look me in the eye.

After graduating from university, some times they’ll come for a visit. They come bounding into my office, sit down and then speak to me in English. And I think “WOW. Who are these people?”

This is amazing. I wish each one of you could be in that office with me when that happens, when students come back and tell us all about their experiences. Parents tell their kids that they notice the change in them. They can see how they’re growing. They can see the independence that they’ve gained.

School Supplies

Giving out school supplies to students is the first chance that we have to get into these schools to make a positive statement about education. Many students hardly ever hear a positive word about education. It’s always been:

“You can’t go to school, we need you to work.” In elementary school?

“You can’t go to school, we can’t afford it.

“You can’t go to school, you have brothers and sisters that need to eat.”

That’s the kind of message you normally hear.

But when we go into the school and give school supplies to every kid, we also leave a message with every classroom that says:

“This is how you can stay in school. You can make a difference.”

And now we have students at the university who received  school supplies in elementary school  and remember it!

How many memories do you have of being in 3rd grade? Probably not many.

But they remember this because it was so different, so unusual, that somebody gave them something.

The Journey to Graduation

Our most recent KKIS blog series is called “The Journey to Graduation.” In it, we identify who some of these students are. We ask them to tell their stories in their own words. I hope you can find the time to read them because it’s impossible for me to put into words the changes that take place in these students.

Yes, we go to work at KKIS every day. But we couldn’t do that without your support. It’s all because of you. All of you. So whatever form your support comes in, know this: it is changing lives every day.

Thank you very much.

 

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