Isla Mujeres UPDATE:
Dear friends of Keys4Life,
We trust that you are safe, healthy, and spending as much time as possible with loved ones during these challenging times!
We want to give you a realistic look at what’s happening these days to the families in Isla Mujeres that you so lovingly and generously have supported.
As you know, the island survived what could have been a catastrophic hurricane as Delta approached with sustained winds in excess of 145 MPH! At the last minute those winds lost velocity and turned south resulting in minimal property damage and no loss of life. The storm surge, which was predicted to climb up to 11 feet and swamp the entire island, never materialized. ♥ It was a miracle! ♥
Less dramatic, and much less publicized, is the surge in COVID-19 cases in combination with the onset of the seasonal flu that has indeed materialized and is now spreading throughout the island! Many hundreds of residents have been infected. Officially there have been very few deaths. But these numbers don’t paint an accurate picture. Lots of people are dying in their homes. And these deaths don’t enter the official tally.
The surge in COVID-19 cases comes as Isla Mujeres is opening itself up to tourism again, the very of backbone of the local economy. Some tourists have been trickling in during the traditional “low season” of September and October. However, the near universal unemployment among the struggling families whose wage earners are waiters, cooks, store clerks, housecleaners, gardeners, fishermen, and construction workers, has left a very large portion of the population without income and food for over six months. They have no savings, no regular paycheck, inadequate health insurance coverage, and mounting bills that have gone unpaid.
As a result, the whole situation is an unpublicized tragedy that is quietly escalating in the colonias of Isla Mujeres.
Here at Keys 4 Life, we have always focused our efforts on improving the lives of impoverished families in Isla Mujeres. Now these families are faced with a calamitous situation where government assistance is no longer available, jobs are non existent, and putting food on the table is a challenge that often cannot be met.
We are putting out an urgent call to you, our dear friends, for emergency funding to feed families that are suffering from malnutrition and depressed immune systems vulnerable to COVID-19.
Thanks to the dedicated work of our Project Manager Dany Trejo, we have been able to provide more than 1575 bags of food to these families since the government assistance has ceased over the summer. Each pantry contains enough food and household supplies to support a family of 4 for three days at a cost of $10.00 USD per pantry. Many families stretch this out to last a week or more.
Our goal is to raise $30,000.
With the help of many charitably-focused restaurants, hotels, local markets & private donor groups, we will be able to keep food on the tables of many desperate families. This will help them survive until tourism revives, short-term residents return this fall, and the job market begins to open up.
We deeply appreciate any help you can give us to address this severe humanitarian crisis on our beloved island of Isla Mujeres.
To send a donation via PayPal click on the button at the top of this page. You can also send a check to Keys 4 Life, 5213 - 217th St. N., Forest Lake, MN 55125. Keys 4 Life is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and all donations are tax-deductible in the United States.
Together we can bring hope to those who need it most!
At Keys 4 Life, we aim to rebuild hope where it's been damaged or lost. We work with those in need, those who are underprivileged, and those who are under served. Our focus lies on community efforts including small scale construction projects, painting and cleanup, providing shelter and food, aiding in spiritual awareness, and affording educational opportunities.
To provide resources for children from low income families to access proper nutrition, basic human needs, educational opportunities, and leadership training in the four "KEY" areas of life: Spiritual, Educational, Emotional, and Physical.
"People do not live by bread alone..." -Luke 4:4 NLT
Spiritual nourishment is essential for children and adults to experience an abundant life.
"If you teach a man to fish...."
Education gives everyone the tools they need to succeed throughout their lives.
Increasing self esteem and self reliance builds confidence for a better future.
Empty stomachs hurt. They break concentration and make the future seem impossible. Giving food, clothing, and shelter is essential to creating a healthy life.
Watch our video of Keys 4 Life at work in Isla Mujeres, Mexico
Volunteers at our Middle School Painting Party!
Thank you to all the volunteers who spent their morning scraping, sweeping, cleaning, brushing, pouring and rolling PAINT at the Isla Mujeres Middle School! Our group gave a sweet makeover to the outside of two classroom buildings and half of another. We also painted the inside of the boys and girls bathrooms. In addition, we hired a plumber to fix all the toilet flushing mechanisms which were broken, and replaced the main water pump and pipes supplying water to the school campus.
For additional pictures.... click HERE
"Love Your Island Day" a Huge Success!
There's a special bonding that occurs when people from different walks of life and different cultures come together to work side by side for a common goal. It's been wonderful to experience the camaraderie that's developed between members of the expat community and local residents who teamed up to improve the quality of life for everyone here on beautiful Isla Mujeres. Whoever thought that picking up garbage would be a fun group activity! 63 jumbo garbage bags were filled that morning. We've made a good start, but there's much more work to be done.
For additional pictures.... click HERE
Additional clean-up days are being planned.
For more information contact Robb Sals at: firstname.lastname@example.org.