Helping Students in Mexico

Keeping Kids in School, is a non-profit organization that provides financial assistance, community connections and educational opportunities to improve high school and university graduation rates, helping students in Mexico.

The KKIS Project is working to improve public high school graduation rates in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

Meet Our Board

Gayle Collins (The KKIS Project)

Gayle Collins

36 years as a public public high school teacher and 10 year part-time resident of Playa del Carmen. “I’m committed to giving back to this wonderful community of Playa del Carmen by helping children succeed in school so they, too, can become productive and proud citizens of Playa.”
Kelly Caldwell (The KKIS Project)

Kelly Caldwell

21 Years in banking, and a 5 year full-time resident of Playa del Carmen. “Working for the children of this beautiful city is an honor.  Helping more students through 12 years of school is really important to me.  I love the work that we do.”

Suzanne Filsinger (The KKIS Project)

Suzanne Filsinger

A third generation educator, Suzanne was born in Mexico City and grew up in the US.  She now lives full time in Playa. “KKIS brings me the opportunity to be useful by helping others accomplish their dreams, giving them the chance of reaching whatever they want through study”.

Fred Uriarte (The KKIS Project)

Fred Uriarte

Born and raised in the US, Fred retired from the Aerospace and Defense Industry and moved to Mexico in 2014. He is bilingual and now heads up the Scholarship Program for KKIS. “We can build a brighter future for Mexico, one student at a time”.

Meet the Amazing Donors

who supported the 9th Annual KKIS auction and dinner.

GMB, GAMA Master Broker
Grupo Events
GUSA Capital
Rotary, Playa del Carmen
The Reef 28, Playa del Carmen
The Reef, Resorts and Spa
EXM, Mexico
Intercam Banco
North American Standards, Playa del Carmen

Meet the Amazing Donors

who contributed to the 9th annual fundraising event.

Anne Bauche | Ageless | Ah Cacao | Alltournative | Aloha Paddle Club | Amate 38| Astrid Puhringer | Aventuras Mayas | Banyan Tree | Barcelo | Bokanova | Boston’s Pizza | Cafe Andrade | Cafe Ole | Canvas & Cocktails | Caravan 2 | Caravan Exotica| Carnes La Fe | Cheester’s | Chez Céline | Coco Bongo | Cocos Cabañas Restaurant & Pizzeria | Co.Cos Culinary School and Catering | Condo Hotels | Dave O’Connell | David Sanchez | Destino Boutique Hotel | Dirty Martini Lounge | Dive By Leo | Dog Holiday | Dr. Carlos Pastrana | El Dorado Resorts | El Hongo | Evoke International| Experiencias Xcaret | Extranjería Playa | Felisati Italian Hairstyles & Nails | Fred Uriarte |Gran Coyote |Grand Hyatt | Greg Cosway | Gusa Capital | Gypsy Gringa Jewelry | Hands Of The Artisan |Happy Address | Hola Bangkok | Holly Labistida | Hotel Casa las Tortugas |International House | Ivan Mayorga | Janet Lowe | Labrioche | Kahatsa Boutique | Kaj Skov | KKIS Students | La Brocherie Rotisserie Francaise Gourmet | La Cueva del Chango | Lara & Luca | Latitude 20 | Laura Dolton | La Verbena | Legally in Mexico | Lido Beach Club | Living Dreams Mexico | Manne’s Biergarten | Mary Reilly | Mike Grabow | Mimi Heffernan | Monica’s Bags Marc | Muller Properties | My Tours Riviera Maya | NAS | Papa Charly | Patanegra | Paul & Jane Romeo | Piola | Playa Tours & Transportation | ResPrecision Pilates | Quintana Cakes | Romeo’s Trattoria Pizzeria | Rosewood Mayakoba | Royal Haciendas Resort | Sanimal | Sarah Cox | Shellie Noyes Art | SIMCA | Stone Wolfsong | Suzanne Filsinger | Terracotta | Terry Pattenden | The Admiral | The Beauty Room | The Bric Spa | The Reef 28 | The Reef Resorts and Spa | Thompson Hotel | Tiny Tiki Hut| Viceroy Hotels and Resorts | WestJet | Yoga by the Sea | Zenzi Beach Club

Thank you all!