Building on Success 

     From its beginning, the VCEP has responded with projects targeted to improve the lives and the standard of living of those living in Colonia Volcanes. A few examples are: 
     The programs, donations and services provided by the VCEP always include the input from the local Parents Association and continue to be fairly distributed within the community to eager families who never tire of volunteering at the VCEP School. 

A dream of a Volcanes Library 

     In early 2012, the Principal of the Volcanes Primary School approached the VCEP about her long held dream for a community Library at the school. Planning began and books were donated from across North America. With funding from various Canadian Rotary groups, the new Volcanes Library opened in November of 2013. But instead of a single classroom for the Library another adjoining classroom was included.  
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The fourth renovated classroom held the new Library space while the fifth became a new study room equipped with 20 donated laptops for use by Volcanes secondary students. Since it opened, the Library has become a haven of quiet, well-lit, and supervised study room equipped with Wi-Fi, computers and printers. For many Volcanes students, high electricity costs mean little if any lighting at home after sunset thus limiting their homework. The Library is now the center of the small Colonia’s activity as it serves as a public meeting spot, for adult education, and as a community movie theatre. 

Bursting at the Seams 

     Very soon after being built, the Volcanes Primary School was suffering under t
he shear number of students straining it past its capacity.  Over 550 students now attend school in the two separate sessions.  Over 250 go to school in the morning while the remainder attending in the afternoon with each having different teaching staffs.  Yet the school's lone small Principal’s Office plus an even smaller storage area was crammed full by the original Morning school teachers and Principal.  This left the afternoon Principal at a desk outside under the steps. 
     School overcrowding also increased the need for a Kitchen and for more storage. In Mexico, it’s customary for local mothers to come during recesses to feed their children yet this meant feeding children on a muddy lawn under the trees. By mid-2014, the VCEP had found sponsors and groups willing to construct a new building on School grounds to house the new School Kitchen & Principal’s Office and a small storage area.  (Click Here for information on the Kitchen Project)

Sewing Seeds 
     In late 2013, Art Fumerton of the VCEP found out about a Canadian Charity working to teach poor women in countries around the world.  They agreed to teach sewing skills to a group of Volcanes mothers in three separate two week training sessions held over the course of several months. Between training sessions, the trainees could continue to practice at the School to improve their sewing proficiency. At the end of their training, the graduates could then seek work within the greater community, work from home with the assistance of a micro-loan or join together in their own sewing company. 
     But instead of doing the training in a temporary location, the VCEP and Volcanes area leaders wanted an unused and abandoned day-care building to be re-furbished into a permanent Sewing school. This would allow local women to continue using the facility after their training to start 
their own Sewing Co-Op while also permitting the continued use of the facility to train women from other areas later on. This small building could become the 
start of permanent jobs within Volcanes for these women by allowing them to bring their toddlers with them to spend their day in the incorporated day-care.  
     By mid 2014, major funding to renovate the old Day-Care into a Sewing School had been found to complete the construction work as well as buying over 30 new sewing machines, desks, furnishings.  The renovation work also provided new lighting and air conditioning equipment to complete the project.  The grand opening ceremony was held in February of 2015 with the first graduates finishing their courses later on that year.  
    (Click Here for information on the Sewing School)

A Vision of Hope 
    The changes brought about by the support of the VCEP have touched almost every family in this small Colonia.   The parents have already started dreaming of their children’s future as they see things changing for the better in their lives.  All they need is a hand up from poverty and the VCEP has strived to continue offering them that hope since its inception.  
   But the VCEP needs help to continue making a difference to the lives of the families of Volcanes.  Can we count on your help?