El Colegio Patria: Las Varas, Nayarit, Mx

Update – July/2014 – Amigos of el Colegio Patria,

I am delighted to announce we have surpassed our goal on the Indiegogo campaign. $18,047, 2,670 website visits, 120 donors from 6 different countries.We could not possibly have achieved this without the support of every single one of you. We now have enough money to ramp up the school’s online learning program, PLUS we will be pilot projects for both Mexican and Discovery Education online courses.

I feel like an entrepreneur (some of my friends will ROAR with laughter) who spotted the coordinates of a great opportunity. The only thing lacking was capital. Thank you ALL for being our backers. We’ve got what we need now to open a window onto the world for these curious kids.

Watch our blog to follow our progress. kanayarit.wordpress.com I’ll keep in touch over the year and let you know what happens. It’s going to be exciting.

Smiles from all the team,



When our good friend, Leigh Pullen, asked  Greenangels to help with a project dear to his heart, of course the team said YES!.  Read below to find out about the wonderful work being done in Nayarit, Mexico.

When two women realized the need for better primary education in Las Varas, a small agricultural town inland from the Pacific coast of Mexico, midway between Puerto Vallarta and Tepic, the state capital, they started a school.

Edgar, their son and nephew, was failing in high school. He had attended primaria and secundaria (grades 1 – 9) in public schools in Las Varas, but when it was time for high school, his mother and aunt decided he should move 250 kilometers (155 miles) to Guadalajara for a better education. His grandmother moved with him and they found a small apartment. Edgar began to encounter difficulties due to his lack of educational basics. His mother, his aunt and his grandmother responded to the situation in two ways. First, they hired a tutor to help him succeed. Second, they founded a primary school in Las Varas to provide a better primary education to the children of their neighbours and their friends.

Since 2000, Colegio Patria has grown to include 170 students from pre-school to Grade 9. They all receive instruction in English and computers, in addition to the requirements of the state curriculum. The school’s motto, “Razón, Educación y Amor” (Reason, Education and Love), fosters an ambience of respect, cooperation and responsibility. The school ranks number 1 in its region.

As a private school, it receives NO financial help from the Ministry of Education. The directors must purchase all textbooks and teaching materials, including state mandated exams.

We have launched an Indiegogo Crowdfunding Campaign to buy 45 computers. If we get 715 donations of $25 each, we’ll have achieved our goal.

El Colegio Patria’s Khan Academy project is a success. Week by week we are hooking kids on math and online learning. We have 10 computers and 10 tablets, and class by class the student body is moving through the program. The Khan Academy project is a model for all rural schools throughout the vast heartland of Mexico.

To contribute equipment, financial donations or expertise, please contact Diane Douglas diane.douglas@shaw.ca or Betty Dunphy elizabethdunphy1@gmail.com . Or you can contact us through our website, http://kanayarit.wordpress.com/

We have charitable status for US donations but not for Canadians or Mexicans yet. Be assured that every peso donated will go toward the education of Mexican kids.

Thank you to all of you who have helped us get this far.


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