I am thrilled to report that I was recently invited to join the Board of Directors for One Town at a Time and would like to introduce you to this amazing organization.
Created and founded by veteran Mexico traveler, travel writer, author and visionary, David Simmonds, One Town at a Time is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization addressing the living conditions of underserved villages in Mexico by providing families in these areas with the tools for achieving sustainability.
“I am really pleased, excited and honored to have Susie join the Board of Directors. She brings an enthusiasm and energy to the program that will be essential to meeting our goals,” said Simmonds.
Other Board members include long time friend of Simmonds, Chris Hogan, a construction contractor who has helped the organization evaluate the rainwater-harvesting situation and identify needed supplies.
Currently, the organization focuses on the area of Cabo Corrientes on the Pacific coast of Jalisco, about 45 minutes south of Puerto Vallarta. It marks the southernmost point of the Bahia de Banderas and includes towns like Yelapa, El Tuito, Chacala and among many others.
One Town shares and provides technology that enhances the ability of villagers in Mexico to improve and expand their current farming, trade, and communication practices in a way that honors their rich cultural heritage and brings them closer to the global socioeconomic realm.
In addition to projects like ‘Rain Water Collection Systems for Homes’, one of the main areas of focus is the ‘Computers to Classrooms’ project.
“A primary benefit of introducing computers and computer games into the primary school classroom is that students start learning how to use a computer at an early age,” said Simmonds. “Students who have computers in their classroom learn about various aspects of the technological world at an early age, allowing them to become comfortable with more advanced computer related concepts as they get older.”
The proven benefit of introducing computers to students is that students show an increased interest in learning and education. Additionally, the ability to interact with other kids worldwide in the digital age opens up opportunities and imagination, creating a learning atmosphere far beyond village life. It creates hope and a chance at a better life.
Simmonds also gives special thanks to Brad Wollman (Palapa in Yelapa /Back Road Cultural Safari/Seldom Seen Tours) who was instrumental in helping him to identify these areas of need.
One Town at a Time will be announcing an exciting new computer campaign soon. But you can make a difference now in a child’s classroom just by sitting at your computer. Please consider making a tax-deductible online donation (no amount is too small) or by joining us online at:
One Town at a Time on Facebook
Official site of One Town at a Time: http://www.onetownatatime.com.