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Issue 6 – Summer 2007 La Manzanilla, Jalisco, México  

La Catalina Educational Foundation welcomes Dean Klompas, our new intern from Vancouver , Canada , who will be assisting with the project coordination of the community educational center we will be constructing, along with other educational projects.  To learn more about Dean and his interesting background, please check out his bio on our volunteer staff page or keep reading below...

Q: Why did you choose to come to La Manzanilla?

A: I chose to come to La Manzanilla to help La Catalina Foundation continue and succeed with their mission to bring educational and economic equality to the local residents of La Manzanilla and to develop certain skills that are crucial when working in the non-profit arena.  

Q: What are your career aspirations?

A: After having great success in the corporate world I knew that it was time for a change. My heart has always led me to areas where I can help people who want help the most. My career aspirations are to follow my current path, become a director of an NGO and then become a founder of various NGOS continuing on with my philanthropic pursuit. As learning is very important to me I will also seek to continue learning and advancing my education.

Q: How do you see that you can add to La Catalina Foundation’s vision?

A: The Vision of La Catalina is one of great importance and wonderful intent. I know I can help La Catalina keep up their current momentum and act as a catalyst to achieve certain milestones and goals.

Other news….


On the English class front, we finished off a successful year with our English programs in the schools and a 3-week summer school program at La Manzanilla Primary School for children entering grades 2 to 6, to offer a continuation of English and art opportunities during the summer break.



La Catalina Foundation, through the generous $1000usd contribution from Duane & Cheryl Chaves of Silverton, Oregon, were able to launch our “Wings” Scholarship program to fund a full year of high school for a graduating student from our local middle school. The scholarship was awarded to Gaby Rodriguez, who was nominated by her teachers as a student with solid academic merit and high aspirations, but very limited financial resources to support her continued education due to the sudden and recent loss of her father in a car accident. Gaby is committed to continuing her studies, which would be difficult without financial assistance as she now even has a higher level of responsibility to assist her mother.





Another student we have been working with is Daniel. Daniel is another very talented student who was starting his first year of high school last year when he and some friends had a car accident, leaving him with spinal injuries and in a wheel chair. Although he has not been able to walk for over a year since the accident, the doctors have said he still has a 50% chance of being able to walk again. The foundation has been providing art classes for Daniel in his home, to help him develop his natural artistic abilities.





Additionally, we are looking for a sponsor to provide a new or used laptop and a printer for Daniel. We will provide classes and training for Daniel, but will need a sponsor to donate the equipment. Please let us know a.s.a.p. if you can assist with helping Daniel so he may have more opportunities for his future!



Finally, we are pleased to have made our website completely bi-lingual. To view the site in Spanish, click on the Spanish icon located on the home page. Thank you and happy summer to all! Please be sure to check our wish list this fall to help us gather supplies for the schools and foundation programs.

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