Dear TEN friends,
I write this our second newsletter with much pride and admiration for Nir, Idit, Yarden, Hagar, Dyonna and the whole Project TEN team and Exec Committee members.
We are coming to the end of our first year, and are very proud to have achieved our goal of opening four TEN Centers this year.
The fourth and latest Center to open is located in Pluma Hidalgo, a town in the county of Oaxaca in south-western Mexico.
This small mountain community sits in the center of a coffee and cocoa growing region, and is very lush and pleasant on the one hand, and very poor on the other – children usually don't have enough time for schooling, as they need to work on the farms, and those that do manage to study, choose to leave for the big city.
Project TEN is cooperating with the CADENA Jewish non-profit organization in establishing and running the center, which received its first cohort on June 3rd. This group of 18 young Jewish volunteers includes 10 Israelis, 6 Mexicans, 1 Canadian and 1 South African. We anticipate welcoming two missions to our centers from the Jewish community of Miami
The projects include establishing a "school kitchen" that provides children with a hot meal and a lesson, empowering teenagers to stay and improve their home community and decrease negative immigration, and providing women with tools to improve their marketing techniques for their produce.
The TEN–Cadena Center has only just begun operating, and has already excited the interest of partners and communities all around the world, and you are welcome to take a look at the "In the Press" section in this newsletter and on our website to learn more.
To our staff, partners and participants - ¡Buena suerte!
Chair, TEN Executive