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Educate Deaf Children in Mexico

by Escuela de Educacion Especial de San Miguel de Allende AC
Educate Deaf Children in Mexico
Educate Deaf Children in Mexico
Educate Deaf Children in Mexico
Educate Deaf Children in Mexico
Educate Deaf Children in Mexico
Educate Deaf Children in Mexico
Educate Deaf Children in Mexico
Educate Deaf Children in Mexico
Educate Deaf Children in Mexico
Educate Deaf Children in Mexico
Educate Deaf Children in Mexico
Educate Deaf Children in Mexico
Educate Deaf Children in Mexico
Educate Deaf Children in Mexico
Educate Deaf Children in Mexico
Educate Deaf Children in Mexico
Educate Deaf Children in Mexico
Educate Deaf Children in Mexico
Educate Deaf Children in Mexico
Educate Deaf Children in Mexico

It is sometimes hard to find good news and to be upbeat in these challenging times; the times of COVID-19.

But one thing that can give us all some comfort is to bear witness to how well children who are Deaf deal with the tough hand they have been dealt. Most often they do not complain, they are open to many changes and challenges, show amazing resiliency and, best of all, offer us all hope that a better future is within reach.

We invite you to read on, to learn firsthand how Laurita aspires to continue her education, to create a better life for herself while displaying courage and perseverance in the process.

It is also worth mentioning that all students, teachers, staff and their families at Escuela de Educación Especial de San Miguel de Allende are doing well while following “stay at home” practices during the school's temporary closure. 

EEESMA is proud to announce that Laurita has registered in Utel University's on-line program for a Bachelor Degree in Education. The program begins June 1st, 2020 and runs for 2 years 8 months. She will be tutored by teachers at EEESMA offering translation from Spanish to Mexican Sign Language to assist Laurita to better understand and complete assignments.

Following her graduation from high school at EEESMA last March, and after spending several months working with Directora Juaniz as a teaching assistant, Laurita realized that she had a lot to offer children who are Deaf by pursuing a career as a teacher. Through this work, she has demonstrated strong abilities to work with young Deaf students.

Described as a bright, warm, enthusiastic and caring young woman, those who know Laurita are confident she will make a great teacher and an amazing role model for all young Deaf people. During the temporary closure of school, Laurita has continued to work alongside Juaniz in an impressive way to support students with their virtual studies. Please join us in wishing Laurita well in the pursuit of her dreams of attaining higher education and becoming a teacher of the Deaf.  

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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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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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Elena Instructs Fellow Student
Elena Instructs Fellow Student

Two short years ago, Elena, a young woman of 27 years, was curious about the school for special education, Escuela de Educación Especial in Spanish, which had recently opened its doors in her community. She learned about the school from friends taking classes there. Because, like her friends, Elena is deaf she explained to us in Mexican Sign Language “I was unsure how I would fit in. I was afraid that my sign language would not be good enough”. Overcoming her fear, Elena got up the courage to ask if she might be considered for a part-time cleaning job at the school. The school’s staff were more than pleased to give Elena the opportunity and she certainly didn’t let them down. She proved herself to be conscientious and dependable and her sign language skills were indeed good enough, in fact, more than good enough to communicate with others. This opportunity gave Elena, for the first time in her life, the chance to earn a little money of her own to contribute to her family.


A few months later, Elena enrolled in adult education classes at EEE with the aim of obtaining her primary school equivalency certificate, a dream she had thought would never materialize. For the first time she was attending literacy classes specifically designed for the deaf and, we are happy to report, is making good progress. Elena’s self-confidence and happiness is in stark contrast to what it was when she first knocked on the school’s door. It is obvious to all those who see her smiling face every day that she has found a place where she can come to feel valued, appreciated and be in the company of others who understand her. The school is a special place made up of some very special people, who apart from teaching academics, encourage all who are deaf or hard of hearing to join together in a culture and community that is uniquely their own.


Recently EEE began offering vocational training classes to the older students to teach skills with the view of giving these eager and ambitious young people a better chance of acquiring future employment. It was a surprise to everyone when Elena demonstrated an amazing talent for sewing! She had been taught to use an electric sewing machine as a young girl by volunteers from the United States but had never put the skill to good use. In fact, Elena is such a talented sewer that the school has offered her the paid position as a sewing instructor to the other students. What could be better than one deaf young woman teaching her special talent to other deaf young women?


Elena has experienced many “firsts” since coming to school and in the process has found her calling while living her dream of attending school and improving her sign language skills. Elena comments “I love coming to school every day”.
Thank you for your generosity in supporting EEE and making these important “firsts” happen for Elena and her fellow students. We would be happy to hear your comments and suggestions. Please email us at info@eeesma.com

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Proud Pre-schoolers Graduate to Kindergarten
Proud Pre-schoolers Graduate to Kindergarten

Thanks for your ongoing wonderful support and encouragement!

2015 continues to be very productive, educational and joyous for the students of EEE! Aside from regular classroom learning activities, the school continued with professional Mexican Sign Language classes conducted by Laura Navarro Tejeda, professional sign language interpreter from Universidad Politécnica de Querétaro, as well as with internet conferencing with Professor Tricia Wilmore from Flagler College, St Augustine, Florida and with our newest sign language instructor Ernesto Escobedo Delgado of Mexico City.

The Vocational Training Program continues to flourish with some excellent volunteer support from various skilled craftsman and instructors. The vocational programs focus on sewing, carpentry, silversmithing/jewelry and cooking. The older students are becoming very proficient in many of these areas and we can hardly wait to introduce for sale many of the crafts that they have designed and made by with their own hands.

The students and faculty are now on summer vacation after celebrating 2014/2015 graduation ceremonies on July 3rd. This year's event was a big success with all of our students progressing into new levels and with two of our students, Laura and Juan, graduating from middle school. Your generous contributions through Global Giving have made this possible. We hope that you enjoy viewing some of the smiling faces of students at the graduation event and will have a moment to view others at: https://www.flickr.com/gp/ronfel/0258H2 .

The new school year begins on August 22nd, and we can hardly wait!

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Escuela de Educacion Especial de San Miguel de Allende AC

Location: San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato - Mexico
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Sharon Doherty
San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato Mexico

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