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What is the Maya Hinterland Project?
Under the umbrella of the Maya Hinterland Project are several programs along the Ruta de los Cenotes, in Puerto Morelos and Leona Vicario.
All programs are aimed at the betterment of the Maya communities in the Riviera Maya and the Yucatan Peninsula.
The Maya Hinterland Fund exists to strengthen and support connections between Maya children, youth, families, and community through advocacy, environmental education, and sharing of Maya culture.
Is one of a healthy community where Maya children and families, through family, community and cultural support, reflect pride, respect, and self-esteem, and realize their full potential. With the creation of a protected Nature reserve we will raise awareness for the need of protection of their ancestral land.
Who is supported through the fund?
Mostly the Maya communities.
Even before the Covid crisis these little villages struggled with supporting their families and education for their children.
We deliver food and donations to these small villages, support community projects and environmental awareness efforts such as providing school uniforms and organizing educational trips to Chichen Itza.
We also support the maintenance of our Nature Reserve.
Over the past several years more and more jungle is sold to developers.
This resulted in the loss of the ancient land of the Maya as well as in loss of sustainability for the Maya beekeeper.
Through our support this Nature Reserve is kept from being developed and serves as and educational tool
for the Maya children.
What is the most current program?
The Maya Education program.
This program consists of 3 parts.
Part One: The Maya Library
The Maya library.
We created this library at the Maya Museum Tuukul Taam in Leona Vicario.
We filled it with coffee table books from around the world and a 30 year collection of National Geographic Magazines.
This library furthers the curiosity of the children and shows them that beyond their small communities is a big, wide world.
Part Two: The Maya Theater
During the Maya Theater events we show the Maya children educational films about Maya history and mythology.
With this the children learn about their ancestry, how beautiful it is to be Maya and how important it is to preserve the Maya culture.
These films are all in the Maya language and respected elders give the introduction in Maya as well.
Part Three: The Maya Sanctuary
We are creating this sanctuary at the edge of our Nature Reserve between Puerto Morelos and Leona Vicario.
The purpose of this sanctuary is to introduce the Maya children to the land of their ancestors and to the need for preservation.
Once finished we will have traditional Maya huts there. Elders will pass on their knowledge of traditional Maya beekeeping, medicinal plants and the Maya lifestyle.
International biologists and environmentalists will instruct the Maya children in a modern approach to conservation.
Currently we are raising funds to:
- Employ local Maya people to help with the maintenance of the service road into the reserve.
- Clearing a path around and into the Sanctuary
- Building a traditional Maya hut at the Sanctuary that will serve as a meeting place and a place for lectures.
- Building a Maya hut for the groundskeeper.
- Building housing for volunteers to help with cataloging the flora and fauna within the reserve.
- Maintenance of our pick up truck, rent for the office and internet costs.
I am asking you to keep supporting this Fund and to become part of a truly worthwhile and needed cause.
A win for the Maya HinterlandUpdate posted by Maya Hinterland Fund at 02:17 pm
Years ago we started to bring the honey of Don Israel and Doña Martina to town directly.With this the clients receive a hundred percent pure product for a fair price.The profits for their labor don't disappear in some corporate coffers but stay in the community.After years of hard work Don. . . . .
Protecting the Nature Reserve.Update posted by Maya Hinterland Fund at 05:21 pm
When we first created the nature reserve along the Ruta de los Cenotes as part of the Maya Hinterland Project, we thought that I should live right on the north-east corner aka the entrance of the reserve.We were jokingly saying that one day this reserve will be like Central Park. . . . .
What we have achieved so far this year.Update posted by Maya Hinterland Fund at 02:50 pm
Where are we?With many tasks at hand it is sometimes easy to forget how far we have come already with the Maya Hinterland Project.I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank everybody who has supported the Maya Hinterland Project.We all are looking forward to your continued support and. . . . .
Renovation of the Maya Museum Tuukul TaamUpdate posted by Maya Hinterland Fund at 02:43 pm
The Maya Museum Tuukul Taam in Leona Vicario, Mexico got battered during last years double whammy hurricanes.So far there weren't enough funds to get the necessary renovations started.With a grant from the Maya Hinterland Fund this renovations are now underway.Thank you to everybody who contributed to this fund.
The broom making venture.Update posted by Maya Hinterland Fund at 02:23 pm
Since we started this broom making venture we now have orders for hundreds of brooms.Big hotel chains have approached us with orders as well. They say that their staff prefers those brooms and that they want to give back to the Maya community. We are now at a point where. . . . .
We started with the 3rd part of the Maya Education ProgramUpdate posted by Maya Hinterland Fund at 05:44 pm
Part one and two of the Maya Education program are completed and we started with the third and final part.We have designated the area where we are going to build the Sanctuary at the edge of our Nature Reserve and we have completed the driveway from the existing service road. . . . .
The "mobile" Maya TheaterUpdate posted by Maya Hinterland Fund at 03:28 pm
The Maya Theater has gone mobile.When this idea of a Maya Theater was conceived first it was always the purpose to go out to the Maya communities and tell them about their awesome ancestry.A project came together and with the help of the good people Elizabeth, Jesus and Candelario from. . . . .
The Maya Jungle SchoolUpdate posted by Maya Hinterland Fund at 07:05 pm
Kick-off for our Maya Jungle school project.With the available funds we could start to build the road in the jungle. It is about a 200 yard road from the existing maintenance road to where we are going to build the school.Once more funds will be available we will start clearing
The Maya School in the jungleUpdate posted by Maya Hinterland Fund at 03:34 pm
We created the free library for children at the Maya Museum with photo books from around the world. There the children can learn that beyond their small communities is a big wide world out there. We created the Maya Theater where we show educational films about Maya history. With this. . . . .
First Event at the Maya TheaterUpdate posted by Maya Hinterland Fund at 03:57 pm
A dream came true.We had our first Maya Theater event at the Maya Museum Tuukul Taam in Leona Vicario last evening.The goal of this program is to introduce Maya children to their ancestry.Professor Fernando who is a teacher at the school in Leona Vicario moderated the event and he could
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