The personal benefits of a vacation are well-known. Vacations reduce stress, can rekindle relationships, and physically rejuvenate your mind and body…but what if your Riviera Maya vacation could make a difference to others as well? If you are visiting the Mexican Caribbean for the holidays, consider broadening your Christmas vacation into an opportunity to touch the life of a needy child.
Sustainable tourism seeks to provide travellers with an exciting holiday that is both educational and enriching, and also of benefit to the local people of that destination. There are opportunities to improve the lives of these children and their families all year ’round, no matter when you are visiting the Mayan Riviera.
Here on the coast, there are several charitable organizations dedicated to giving Mexico’s less fortunate little ones a Feliz Navidad. Pick just one Cancun or Mayan Riviera charitable organization with which to share your good fortune, and your holiday vacation will surely hold a little new meaning…and if you are visiting with your children, this is a wonderful way to share with them the true meaning of Christmas.
Give Holiday Joy to Cancun and Riviera Maya Kids
Casa Hogar Para Niños Esperanza, “House of Hope for Children”, is a Christian based orphanage in Cancun. Friends of Casa Hogar (FOCH)
is a group of people joined together by a desire to help these children and those who care for them. Casa Hogar Para Niños Esperanza receives no government funding and relies entirely on the kindness of others. FOCH provides a holiday dinner and Christmas gifts for all the children and their caregivers.
Many children in the Mayan rural villages in and around the Riviera Maya have never experienced the joy of receiving a toy for Christmas. The residents and the tourists who visit Akumal during the holiday season want to change that. The Akumal Toy Drive
is held each year to collect toys for impoverished boys and girls so they too can experience the joy of the holiday season. If you are visiting for New Year’s week, you can still participate. These toys are delivered to children on Three King’s Day, January 6th. Toys can be dropped off at the Akumal Dive Shop in the center of town.
in Akumal throws a Christmas party for the pueblo children each year. The party includes food, music and even Santa makes an early appearance to give gifts to all the good little boys and girls. If you are planning to be in Akumal December 21st, bring a toy and join in the fun!
Dreams for Mayan Children
is an organization that supports schools in Tulum, Coba and Punta Laguna. They help the teachers and families of primary school students find the best way possible to provide the children with learning materials as well as a safe, clean classroom environment. An education is the best chance at a brighter future for these children and their families.
Find out more about sustainable travel
and how your vacations can benefit the places you visit!