San Pablito may be lacking many things, but it has an
abundance of bright, independant, delightful children. There
are close to 1,000 children enrolled in the local schools,
making school children 20% of the town's entire population.
This past school year, the Parents' Committee decided to
form the first high school, paying the teacher out of their
own pockets. Up until this time, kids had to attend school
outside of the community at private schools if they wanted
anything beyond junior high school.
The bilingual elementary school began as a two room, one
outhouse facility on the outskirts of town. Some six years
ago children were first given this bridge between the
Ñañhu language spoken at home and the official
school curriculum. Until then they had simply struggled and
often dropped out of school forever. The school is now a six
room facility with real indoor plumbing. More and more
parents are sending their children here every year.
The community has shown exceptional initiative in
overcoming the obstacles that face indigenous children
seeking an education in Mexico. Still, only a dozen or so
residents currently hold degrees. Education and training are
crucial to the self-determination and advancement of this
The bilingual elementary school is
awaiting the much needed expansion to accomodate more young
students. A high school has yet to be built here, but
classes are already being taught.
We are currently looking for support for these
schools and for these students. If you can provide any of
the following, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
- School supplies - computers and computer
supplies, which will be used at a central resource room
on the main plaza, pencils, notebooks, educational videos
and video players, globes, microscopes, books in Spanish,
- Pen pals - Spanish students and Spanish
speaking students, especially other indigenous people.
Please contact Maestra Leticia Escarcega at
- Children's Vitamins - Chewable vitamins with
100% of vitamin A make a big difference in children's
development and keeps them healthy and alert to get the
most out of school.
Children here are bright, imaginative
and independant enough to both help in family chores and
invent their own toys, such as this hot air baloon.
Families in SanPablito may not have a
great deal of material wealth, but they work hard to take
care of their children and support their local schools.
- We are also seeking support for an exchange
program between US colleges and high school graduates
from San Pablito. While here, the student from San
Pablito would make cultural presentations and attend
Native American events as well as plan a community
development project with other students to be carried out
by all of them in San Pablito. Please contact us at: