Friends Of Puerto Aventuras
CENTRO DE EDUCACION COMUNITARIO
- FRIENDS OF PUERTO AVENTURAS -
growth in the Riviera Maya has provided job opportunities for many
Mexicans as numerous families move to this area in hopes of improved
well-being. Many visitors to Puerto Aventuras are unaware that over 5000
employees and their families presently live in the Poblado de Apollo
(Support Community) located across the highway. In the early 80ís, a
small area of jungle was cleared and a staff-housing unit was built. It
is now becoming a real village with schools, churches, stores, services
and a police station.
Originally a local union donated the use of a building and a
generous developer provided the initial funding for basic education
programs. From that beginning, Friends of Puerto Aventuras (F.O.P.A.) was
founded in order to provide community assistance to the Poblado de Apoyo.
The EDUCENTRO (Community Education Center) was established to provide
opportunities needed for individual well being and contributes to a
community which all can be proud of. Local children and adults now have
many more opportunities open to them. Through the help of F.O.P.A., they
are able to enrol in free educational programs to better themselves.
into consideration the influx of the tourism trade in this area, it is
clear how speaking even some English would improve ones opportunities.
With funding by those who reside within or visit Puerto Aventuras,
F.O.P.A. has been able to provide the continued financial support needed
for the popular English Language Program. Over the first 8 years, more
than 600 students have taken the initiative to develop and improve their
English conversational skills and many have obtained employment
previously unavailable to them. The number of people helped,
continues to grow.
F.O.P.A. provides a liaison between employees and employers. Human
Resources Departments are now able to advertise through the EDUCENTRO
when searching for qualified staff. A job list is updated and posted at
the EDUCENTRO bi-weekly. This idea is also aimed at showing potential
employees the opportunities available through the education programs
offered at the Center.
Twice yearly, donations of clothing, furniture and household items are
collected at the center and a bazaar is held. This has become a popular
tradition and line-ups are usual at opening time. All low-income
families have equal opportunities to benefit from the super cheap prices
of the sale.
More than 250 Spanish language books have been donated or purchased.
Kids and Adults alike have the opportunity to sign-out books or hang out
and read at the EDUCENTRO. On occasion, FOPA organizes "Story Times"
where a local senior reads to, or makes arts and crafts with pre-school
Please visit our web site for more information. Click on the photo
at the top of the page or follow this link
Friends of Puerto Aventuras
Board of Directors:
Mexico 52 984 873-5459
USA 1 303 325-5800
Canada 1 403 775-7028
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