We had a meaningful Day of Service with our partner Dreams for Mayan Children in the near by traditional Mayan community, Dos Palmas! We broke out into groups and began the day by breaking ground to prepare the schools garden beds, then planted seeds and small plants for the children to watch grow and care for. The groups got on their way, some started a painting project in the school itself to make the classroom more bright and cheery, another group started a mural on the side of the school, while others cleaned up the grounds and a soccer field.
When our work was done, we headed down the road to a village area where we were greeted by a local musician, local crafts were being sold and a tortilla making class was underway. People were able to hop in a cenote for a dip in a gorgeous cavern like body of very refreshing water to cool off after all their hard work. We were then treated to a traditional Mayan lunch that was prepared by a local chef. We closed out the day with a traditional Temazcal ceremony and a musical performance by the school children. We would like to thank our partners for hosting us, the Castaway fans for joining us and the community members for participating in this memorable day! You can enjoy more pictures HERE!
We are pleased to announce that Positive Legacy was able to raise over $29,000 in this year’s silent and live charity auction! The auction proceeds will go to support Positive Legacy’s environmental & humanitarian projects such as Dreams for Mayan Children. Thank you to all of the One Big Holiday fans who bid in the auction. A special thank you to the musicians and their management, the fan/artists for supporting the auction with their custom donations and to Josh Timmermans and Dave Vann for their amazing photography.
Thank you to everyone that donated to the Positive Legacy donation drive this year! Some of the donations collected during One Big Holiday were disbursed to the children during our Day of Service and the remainder will be sent into rural communities in the interior of the Yucatan to children who aren’t able to attend school. Your donations will make their lives a little brighter and we thank you for that!
A special thank you must go out to this year’s hosts with the most, Eric Mayers, My Morning Jacket Management, for helping create a very entertaining game of pool side BINGO, an afternoon benefitting Positive Legacy. Many thanks to all of you who joined in for the fun and shenanigans while supporting a great cause.
Positive Legacy and Trees, Water & People made it easy to travel responsibly, by offsetting the emissions from your travel to Mexico for One Big Holiday. We appreciate those that donated $15 to the carbon offset program, which supports a community tree nursery that is producing 10,000 trees a year for rural communities on the north coast of Haiti, providing the sequestration of thousands of tons of carbon dioxide emissions. If you were unable to offset you footprint at the event, please take this opportunity to feel empowered post event and leave your own positive legacy fromOne Big Holiday by making your donation HERE!
In October 2016, Positive Legacy awarded Dreams for Mayan Children a $9,400 grant to support better educational outcomes and complete necessary renovations for the U Sasil Kaan School in Campamento Hidalgo, Mexico. Campamento Hidalgo a small indigenous village with a population of 200 people located in the Eastern Yucatan Peninsula. It is a true living Mayan community, where ancient traditions still exist and the Mayan language is commonly spoken, but has mostly been forgotten by the outside world.
In partnership with Positive Legacy, Dreams for Mayan Children’s Project Caring will address the community driven goals of building a block wall that will enclose the school, allowing the children to play safely and prevent vandalism, improve the school’s dining structure so they will have a clean & sanitary environment, as well as restore the basketball court and soccer goal posts. With the support of their families and teachers, we will create an appropriate space for their development so they have a better educational experience!
Dreams for Mayan Children is a small but dedicated group of people with a strong belief in giving the children the chance of a better future. They work to provide Mayan children and teachers with learning materials, build playgrounds and community infrastructure, provide volunteer opportunities and keep the Mayan language and culture alive in the Yucatan Peninsula where rural communities have very little or no support at all. For more information on DMC please visit their website HERE.