Posted by Heather Flynn
Santiago Foundation awarded grant from Rotary Foundation.  The Santiago Foundation operates community centers in two small villages outside Manzanillo, Mexico.  In addition to elementary and secondary education for orphaned and abandoned children, technical skill development is provided for adults to improve employability.  Here are some recent graduates.
The annual graduation ceremony on February 23 was held at the Francisco Villa Center. Santiago Foundation Board members and friends were treated to impressive displays of carpentry, jewelry, pinatas, music, clothing, beauty (hair, nails), balloon art and cooking. Behind the tempting array of desserts, stood the cooking class sporting new aprons proudly displaying our logo. We also were guided to the various displays by members of the English class who explained what we were seeing and answered questions. We were very impressed and they enjoyed showing off their English skills.