Jan 29, 2016

Cupcake Bakers Shine

Market Day
Market Day

Most everyone loves to eat cupcakes. Carla and Azucena love to bake and decorate them!

Since August 2015 Carla, the pre-school teacher at the San Miguel School for Special Education and her younger sister Azucena, a high school student at the same school, both of whom are deaf, have been working hard at perfecting recipes and decorating techniques for the cupcakes featured for sale in their new business.  The business is named "Cupcakes de Carla y Amigas". Following months of practice, the two young women with the help of a few friends from the school, debuted their beautiful cupcakes at the San Miguel de Allende Saturday Organic Market twice during the month of December. The cupcakes were well received by the community, selling out entirely both times, but no one was surprised. The cupcakes, apart from being light and tasty, are each a work of art and too hard to resist!

Volunteers, Laura Ramirez and Linda Slavin, were instrumental in setting the high standard of cupcake baking and decorating that was achieved by Carla and Azucena, providing many hours of hands-on demonstrating and gentle coaching...and also a little cupcake taste testing that happily goes along with the job.

Carla and Azucena's short term plans are to continue selling Cupcakes de Carla y Amigas at the Saturday market, however, their long term goal is to sell the cupcakes at a bistro/cafe managed and operated by them and other students of the school for the deaf. This would give the young women an even better opportunity to showcase their very special creations and would also give other students the opportunity for employment in a cooperative business.

We hope that you will share in the dream of these two fine young women and help to make the bistro/cafe business a reality. Your generosity will help make this happen.

Cupcakes on display
Cupcakes on display
Cupcake baking team
Cupcake baking team

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Dec 1, 2015

Thanks to all of you! We have reached our project goal!

Students and Volunteers Applaud Your Help
Students and Volunteers Applaud Your Help

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Our project "Educate Deaf Children in Mexico" is now fully funded! With donations received over the past year  scholarships for 8 students have been provided. These scholarships go a long way to helping Escuela de Educación Especial de San Miguel de Allende (EEE for short) continue its academic and Mexican Sign Language programs to educate deaf children and adolescents from low income families. And it is you who have helped to make this possible!

We will now turn our focus to a new project "Empower Deaf Women to Build a Business in Mexico" and invite you to visit the new project page to learn more. The women we refer to in this project are students attending EEE aged 16 to 27 years who are learning new skills in vocational training workshops after their regular morning classes. It is their dream to create a co-operative enterprise to sell their handmade crafts to the public and this new project will go a long way to making this dream a reality. Two of these women are sisters, Carla and Azucena. Carla is EEE's preschool teacher and has a passion to run her own cupcake business. With assistance from Azucena, who is completing adult education high school equivalency classes, and several dedicated volunteers, she is working hard to get this new venture off the ground. Although both Carla and Azucena are deaf, they are not letting that hold them back; they are focused only on their abilities, which in everyone's eyes, are quite amazing! The cupcakes they create taste yummy and look beautiful. Carla and Azucena recently debuted their cupcakes to the public at the local Saturday Organic Market and completely sold out all 300!

On behalf of the students, faculty, staff and volunteers at EEE, thank you for helping to educate deaf children in Mexico.

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Nov 25, 2015

We Are Grateful To You At This Thanksgiving

Mari Cruz
Mari Cruz

We wish a very Happy Thanksgiving to all our American friends and supporters, wherever in the world you might be!

We also wish to express our sincere gratitude to all our other friends and supporters and thank you for being there for us on Global Giving!

During this busy time of year, we hope you will take a moment to read a little about our plans at
Escuela de Educación Especial (School for Special Education) in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
to take part in GlobalGiving.org’s exciting End of Year Campaign. The campaign offers the school many unique opportunities to raise needed funds from individual donors and to earn bonus grants from Global Giving. It is also, we are proud to announce, the jumping off point for EEE’s new Global Giving Project...but more about that later.

Our current project, “Educate Deaf Children in Mexico” is close to being fully funded and we are very grateful to you for supporting this initiative since it began September 2014. On behalf of the students at EEE, thank you for your generous support. To ensure that you stay up-to-date on what is happening at the school, we invite you to sign up for regular on-line newsletters by visiting our website www.eeesma.com


To demonstrate how your past support has created a huge impact, please let me introduce you to 5 year old Mari Cruz. She and her brother Adan who is 16 years old, are both profoundly deaf. They live with their family on a ranch several miles out of town and travel with their mother a long distance by bus to attend school. But first they must walk 30 minutes to the bus stop to be there when the bus arrives at 5:30am, a time when it is barely sunrise. Despite these hardships, Mari Cruz loves to come to school. She is full of smiles and plays enthusiastically with her schoolmates. She enjoys story time, number games and her sign language skills are improving immensely. Your generosity has allowed Mari Cruz to be a part of a very important Deaf culture and community, one she would never have known if it were not for the school. The education she will receive at EEE will provide her with opportunities in the years to come she would never before have imagined. Again, thank you for making this all possible.

As mentioned previously, on December 1st which also happens to be #GivingTuesday, one of the biggest giving days in the United States, EEE is launching a new project titled “Empower Deaf Women to Build a Business in Mexico” on the Global Giving platform. We invite you to read about it by clicking on the direct link to the project page below. Global Giving is offering nine bonus grants to the top participating organizations during the End of Year Campaign running from Dec.1st to 31st. This campaign gives you the opportunity to top up your US charitable donations for the US tax year 2015 in a very meaningful way. To qualify for the bonus grants EEE must raise at least $3,000 from 30 unique donors. This target is clearly possible, but will only happen through your generosity. It will be especially helpful if you are able to share our fundraising effort with your colleagues, friends and family. There will be a Recurring Match Campaign running in tandem with the End of Year Campaign. Any donor who signs up for a monthly recurring donation to the project will be matched to a maximum of $200, so it is the perfect time to start a recurring monthly donation. Please help us to be successful in earning a bonus grant by making a donation on December 1st or on any day you choose in December.

Learn more about how to “Empower Deaf Women to Build a Business in Mexico” at:
https://goto.gg/21955

Thanks again for all you do!

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