15th ANNUAL ZIHUA SAILFEST ~ 2017
Monday ~ February 6th
Sunday ~ February 12th
Since 2002, our annual Zihua Sailfest benefit festival has built 102 classrooms, bathrooms,
kitchens and playgrounds for disadvantaged children at more than 30 schools, including 14
brand-new schools in partnership with the local community. Nearly 5,000 bright-eyed young
scholars have benefited from your Sailfest participation.
Sailfest 2016 raised an astonishing $1,394,000 pesos, including generous grants from the Bellack Foundation, volunteer Jane Fiala and cruiser Pete Boyce. Local and international Rotary Clubs contributed an additional $44,250.usd in support of Sailfest’s vision of providing an educational opportunity to all of Zihuatanejo’s children, regard of income level or social status.
This Summer, in collaboration with the city government and local businesses, Sailfest/Por Los Niños built the first new high school in Zihuatanejo in nearly 20 years. This Colegio de Bachilleres opened in August with 130 eager students, and is expected to grow rapidly. We also built an additional classroom at each of 3 Sailfest kindergartens to address increased enrollment
Sailfest/Por Los Niños awarded 45 English language scholarships to Niños Adelante scholars. Thanks to the generosity of the Plymouth-Foothills and Zihuatanejo Rotary Clubs, 48 English language scholarships were awarded to local teachers; and 51 Hospitality English scholarships were awarded to school parents to enhance their opportunities for employment. The Rotary grant also provided a fully-equipped computer room at a Sailfest primary school.
Carol’s “Beans & Rice” program, co-funded by our sister foundation, Los Ninos, Inc. in the United States, fed more than 30,000 nutritious meals to the very poorest of our students who would otherwise go hungry. Grade point averages increased dramatically.
The State Secretary of Education has stated that the Zihua Sailfest is the most successful educational fundraiser in Guerrero. Our Municipal Director of Education estimates that approximately 2,500 disadvantaged children are attending school each year because of the cruiser’s dedication to Zihua’s bright-eyed young scholars.
Zihua Sailfest begins each year with a Welcome Dance Party on the Monday following Super Bowl.
Please join us for a week of great fun and heartfelt volunteerism.
Zihuatanejo City Of Peace
EDUCACION PARA PAZ
THE UNITED NATIONS
In partnership with the United Nations Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo has certified Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo as a "Community of Peace";
the only city in all Latin America to be so honored. As the UN theme for 2013/2014
is "Education for Peace", the Mexican government has asked Por Los Ninos de
Zihuatanejo, and our Zihua Sailfest committee, to host the presentation ceremony
on Sunday, February 9th. We were honored and thrilled to accept; it will be our
closing event. National and International dignitaries will attend. We local Sailfest
volunteers are planning a charming welcome for them. This is a really big deal for
sleepy Zihuatanejo. Please join us for the exciting celebration!