Tijuana, Mexico - Escuela David Lynch
Kindergarten and Computer / Art / Tutoring Schools:
Our main emphasis
at Responsibility is education for the children living in the dirt-floored
shacks around the Tijuana municipal dump. That is where we operate a
computer lab for children and
adults, art classes for aspiring
artists, and a place for
Summer School/ Camp: This
summer you sent 60 children
from the old Tijuana garbage
dump to camp. Our kids had
classes in art, computers, English, sports, and tutoring. Afternoons were spent at
museums, parks, and the kids’ favorite place, the beach. This past year, with our
combined programs, we had close to 175 students.
Matagalpa, Nicaragua - The Robert Keenan Family School
Kindergarten and Elementary Schools:
The 2011 school year had an enrollment of 176 students, 90 kindergarten students and 86 elementary school students.
In the morning we have kindergarten classes. In the afternoons, we have an elementary school specifically for children who work and had dropped out of the public school or had never attended. This describes most of the kids who scavenge the city dump for survival.
The Drinking Water Project: We are now providing drinking water to roughly 600 children. The ground water is contaminated so drinking water is trucked in.
Scavengers of the city dump: Eighty percent of the municipal dump scavengers are single mothers with four to eight children. The mom takes all her children to work. Babies come in cardboard boxes and
a laid next to the mother while she scavenges for recyclables. Together a family earns about $1.50 a day. Along with recyclables, they usually find breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
United States Educational Programs
Along with our teaching the children in Mexico and Nicaragua, we have been providing
educational programs for American students. David Lynch is often a guest speaker at all
levels of schools.
This year Tanner Simmons, a junior at Poway High School in San Diego, California,
arranged for David Lynch to speak to the students at the Park Village Elementary School about
life in third world countries. The school is following up with a fund raiser to send one
child to our Tijuana kindergarten for one year. The goal is to raise $1,400. This entire
project was organized by Tanner, a high school junior.