Help get twice as many students into after school programs in Zinacantán!

Double the capacity of the Yo'onik Learning Center!

$8,200 raised

$25,500 goal

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We're fundraising to build a second floor to the Yo'onik Learning Center!

In 2014, Natik supported two visionary Mayan leaders, sisters Xunka and Yoli, to actualize their vision to create a community learning center in Zinacantán.

The Yo'onik Learning Center houses two Natik partner programs: Yo'onik Learning Center which provides both after school and summer programming for younger students and scholarship support for high school students, and the Mujeres Sembrando La Vida (MSV) women's weaving collective. These programs bring much needed support to the families of Zinacantán and use two of the most effective ways to stop the cycle of poverty: education for children and economic empowerment of women.

The Yo'onik Learning Center empowers approximately 60 children in after school classes and summer programming, as well as supports 8 high schoolers to continue their education through scholarships. Yo'onik is offering a new summer outreach program this year to outlying communities which will provide workshops and activities to approximately 50 additional students, but they need more space in order to do this. In addition, with the second floor, the center could provide the much needed meeting, office and commercial space for the 60 Mayan artisans from Mujeres Sembrando La Vida.

The space also serves outside organizations that offer programs that benefit the community, such as early stimulation classes for mothers and their infants, and teen language and leadership training. The entire community will benefit immensely from this new addition!

In four years, Xunka and Yoli's programs have already outgrown the space. There are simply more children and women who want to access these programs than can fit in the building!

Our goal is to raise enough money to build a second floor to the building - effectively doubling the potential impact of these already very successful programs. Help Natik support Xunka, Yoli and the community of Zinacantán to expand the valuable work that they are already doing!


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