What Motivates Us
A year’s worth of school supplies for one child cost’s on average, 240 pesos or $20 USD. For many of the working poor, this is a week’s worth of wages. There are children who are not going to school because their family can not afford school supplies. And those that do attend, often do not have a pencil or paper to write with. How do they learn when they don’t have tools?
What We Do
Playa del Carmen’s municipal social services agency (DIF) recommends to KKIS, schools having the highest percentage of in-need students. At the beginning of the school year, KKIS volunteers give bags of grade-specific schools supplies to students.
It takes a full year to raise the money, order, receive and pack the school supplies, but the joy on the faces of the students and the tears in the eyes of the mothers and fathers looking on makes every last challenging minute worth it!
We have a proud tradition of expanding this program every year. It is the first program that the KKIS Project undertook in 2011 when it gave 258 backpacks full of school supplies. In 2017, 2,917 students received school supplies!
Approximately one quarter of the school supplies donated in 2016 were in-kind donations.
How Does it Help?
In addition to providing financial help to families, teachers report that the children receiving a years worth of school supplies (something completely unheard of in these parts) are inspired and engaged like never before!
We need your help!
Donations of all size 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.