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Working Mom Working Overtime to Help Kids By Karly Mezera

Hello Again, From Karly Mezera.

If anyone read my last blog entry you would know that I was just having an event for our new school www.ixayaschool.com and it went really well.  We didn’t have the number of people that we would have like but the quality of people were amazing.

I want to share 1 quick story to show how a school like ours can help so many people.

We have a construction worker who is building an addition onto our house named Jaime (pronounce Hi-May).  Jaime has a daughter who is 15 years old and has been blind since she was 2.  It is really hard for her to learn in the public school system here in Mexico because they do not have a lot of special education classes like they do in other places in the world.

Jaime asked the other day if his daughter could attend our school.  Of course we said yes.  Jaime’s daughter wants to learn how to play the guitar.  My husband used to be in a rock band called Pure Dream Ladder, www.PureDreamLadder.com and he is excited to teach her.

Since the day we told Jaime that we would accept his daughter into our school, he beems with happiness.  His daughter is a very capable person already and now Jaime knows with a little bit of extra care, love and attention his daughter will be able to do whatever she wants with her life.

I hope to share a picture with you soon of Jaime’s daughter playing guitar with my husband.

This is just one of many stories that a project like our school will bring to the world.

See you soon.

Karly Mezera

www.ixayaschool.com

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The Most Important Event of My Life So Far by Karly Godoy

The Most Important Event of My Life (So Far)

by Karly Godoy

Getting married was a very big event for me.  I’m sure when I give birth for the first time that will be right up there as well.  But getting outside of myself and my own family “unit” I’d have to say that the fundraising event tomorrow night here at Tashirat in Tepoztlan, Mexico is the most important event of my life (so far).

Being a mother I feel deeply for the needs of my children and my husband.  Working at an orphanage for 4 years and working closely with poor communities in Mexico all of my life opens my vision and my heart to be a mother to all children and all families that need love and support.  The effect that this one event can have on so many people is overwhelming.

We are opening a school for approximately 75 children who have little to no chance of ever graduating from their current school and have little chance to do much beyond the poverty and joblessness they see in their neighborhood every day. 

These children will get the help they need.  These children will take this education and new vision for life and help their families.  The families that get helped will start to do the same for others.

Have you ever seen the movie “Pay It Forward” with Helen Hunt and Kevin Spacey?  This is exactly what is going to happen here.  1 fixed child = 1 fixed family = 1 more family that can help out those that are in need.

To quote Bono from U2, “There is so much stupid poverty in the world, how can we not do something. “

Most of the time people just need a hand to get on their feet.  They need encouragement that they can learn to read.  They need to know that there are possibilities beyond their current conditions.

Our goal at the Ixaya School Project (www.ixayaschool.com) reaches beyond the children that will walk through our doors.  Down the road we will open up a program where mothers and fathers will come to school with their children and in a separate facility will learn to read and write, learn new job skills, learn how to use a computer and learn how to take what they have been given and share it with others.

1 fixed child creates a ripple of positivity in this world that is unimaginable.

This event tomorrow night will help determine whether we can have a high-school or not this year.

This is why this event is the most important even of my life(so far) because of how many people it stands to affect.

If you would like to help us out in any way, please visit our campaign site at www.500together.com or our school project site at www.ixayaschool.com.

Until next week.

Wish me luck!!

Karly Mezera

About Me and Tashirat Kids by Karly Mezera

Yoga Tashirat KidsHello.  My name is Karly Mezera and I am a 21 year-old working mother with 6 adopted children and a wonderful husband named Chris.  I work at an orphanage my mother started 7 years ago in the mountains of Central Mexico in a s mall town called Tepoztlan.  We are about one hour south of Mexico City.

The orphanage we run is a private orphanage.  We are awarded children from the State run orphanage that are considered “unadoptable.”  These are children with many family members in the State orphanage system, teenage children or children with severe physical, emotional and mental handicaps.  Currently we have 20 children here.

Most recently we started a project to build our own school on the grounds of the orphanage.  The public educational system in Mexico is very poor and the private educational system is extremely expensive.  At first we wanted to build a school that our children could attend that would give them a proper global education.  Then we quickly thought to make the school available to the children of Santo Domingo, an extremely poor town that is 3 miles up the road from where we live.

In Santo Domingo the school and living conditions are very bad, probably on par with some of the worst conditions in all of Mexico.  The town is very poor, so little to no taxes are collected on properties.  With little financial support from the government the public school in Santo Domingo has to charge the poor parents of the children that attend for every little thing they do.

School books, gym class and class materials are all paid for by the parents of the children that attend.  Some parents have as many as 6 children in school at any one time and the weekly payments to the school can be financially devastating.  Most families live on a average of $50 a week for all of their expenses combined.  With the ability to serve this community how could we not open our doors to them as well.

We had witnessed over the past few years the miraculous transformations some of our own children have experienced while being home schooled at the orphanage.  All of the children came to us way behind in their academics.  Twelve year olds were reading at a 6-7 year old level.  Many of our children could not attend private school because of how academically behind they were.  After seeing the transformations in our own children we knew the same could happen for the Santo Domingo children as well.  In March of 2008 we decided to build a school for all of the children of Santo Domingo and are children as well.

What will follow will be a collection of stories about this process.  The difficulties in dealing with the local, State and Federal government with regards to the school and the every day life of my family.

I would like to invite you to visit some of our websites regarding the school project and our orphanage.  In order to open the school we need a monthly operating budget of $10,000USD.  We decided to run a campaign called 500 Together, where we would get 500 people to donate $20 a month to make the school happen.  So far we have 200 people and enough money for the elementary school.  We still need more to be able to allow the Middle and High School children.

The website for our school campaign is: www.500together.com

The school’s website is:  www.ixayaschool.com

Our orphanage website is:  www.tashiratkids.org

 

I look forward to sharing all of these stories with you and I’m sure you’ll be able to feel the emotions that I experience each and every day.  As a mother I not only want to help myself and my own children, but all mothers, families and children that need a helping hand in life.

A writer from Yoga Plus Magazine was nice enough to do a story on our orphanage.  The magazine should still be available throughout the world at large bookstores if you want to see it.

I look forward to sharing with you again soon.

With Love,

 

Karly Mezera

Motherhood Incorporated Welcomes Karly Mezera of Tashirat Kids

Karly Mezera is truly one of the most unique and outstanding working mothers that we have had the honor to feature. She will be writing blogs for us from the mountains of Central Mexico where she works with a private orphanage that raises children considered “unadoptable.”  Karly and her husband Chris have 6 adopted children of their own.

What is even more amazing about Karly is that she is just 21!

 Motherhood Incorporated is looking forward to hearing Karly’s stories about her life and her work – and raising 6 kids in the meantime.  Welcome Karly!

Can’t wait to see what she is doing? Check out their site http://www.tashiratkids.org.