Ayudanos a ayudar is a program created by Sandos Hotels & Resorts which, in cooperation with the local organization Xyaat, supports Mayan communities of the beautiful Zona Maya area. This region is filled with Mayan towns just a short distance from our Riviera Maya resorts.
The Xyaat organization began in the traditional Mayan village of Señor and works to promote the Mayan culture throughout the Riviera Maya in order to benefit local Mayan communities and schools while showing tourists how modern day Mayans live.
General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Chalk, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Rulers, and Solar Calculators
Art Supplies for Artist Initiatives and Community Produced Projects:
Craft Scissors and Watercolor Brushes and Paints
(English and Spanish) Dictionaries
Bananagrams, Chess Sets, Connect Four, Puzzle, Scrabble, and Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys
Frisbees, Inflation Pumps, Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, Team Uniforms/Knits for Soccer, and Tennis Balls
New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes, T-Shirts, Flip Flops, and Hats
Bath Towels, Bed Linens, Light Blankets, Linen Sets, Mosquito Nets, and Pillows
Bowls, Pans, Plastic Serving Bowls, Plastic Serving Cups, Plastic Serving Plates, Pots, Serving Spoons, and Spatulas
Band-Aids, Combs, Hair Brushes, Hair Pins and Elastic Hair Bands, Toothbrushes, and Toothpaste
Candy and balloons are not on the needs list as they are harmful for the children and the environment for the following reasons:
• Few of the children benefiting from these projects have access to toothpaste, toothbrushes, or a dentist. The candy promotes cavities.
• The balloons once they become deflated are a choking hazard for local wildlife.
Instead of taking candy or balloons, use that space for additional requested supplies, as they are priceless.