In 2019, the Mexican Government started a grant program ("beca") for low income students who were studying in primary, secondary and high school, as well as full-time university students (at certain institutions).

Education Funding

But many of the students who finish high school in these rural, close-knit communities, cannot think far enough ahead to plan for 4 years of study at a university, and the cost of transport, accommodation as well as fees and books, are beyond their means, even with assistance.  Many have rarely been outside their own towns.

Being part of the Brigada has given these youth the opportunity to visit other places, such as Ajijic and Chapala, where there are educational possibilities, without going to a major city, far from family and friends.  So it has given them confidence to aim higher!

Margrita Xochtil and her grandmother at
Here is Xochtil at her graduation ceremony in becoming a paramedic with Cruz Roja (Red Cross), with her grandmother and her sponsor in December 2019.  St. Andrew's Outreach Program also helped Xochtil with her High School expenses.

Since then, Xochtil has been the main medical person in San Pedro, helping people through Covid, renal failure and minor medical emergencies as well.  She has been a volunteer at the Tepehua Community Center in Chapala, helping and learning from the nurse and doctor there.

In November 2021, Xochtil found a sponsor to allow her to apply to the University in Guadalajara to become a doctor! 

She will probably be the very first doctor from San Pedro, and the first women for sure!

Also in November 2021, we found a donor who would support Samuel and Clement finish their on-line high school studies.  They have to take exams and tests in Poncitlan as part of the program, and they receive coaching from Fernando, the teacher who comes to San Pedro for the literacy classes.

If you are interested in helping a student, please contact us as soon as possible.  Any support you can provide is most gratefully accepted.