The proceeds from the sales of these books benefit the Amigos de Educacion program in Alamos. Education in Mexico is free to all children up until the eighth grade. Beyond that, the cost is roughly three thousand pesos, or around three hundred US dollars to put a teenager through the high school system for half a year. So, understandably, many children do not go beyond the eighth grade. The Amigos program gathers donations and other money through book sales and various fundraisers such as yard sales, Valentine's Day dances and Wednesday afternoon bingo through out the year.
However money is not just given freely to students. The process can be tough, students must apply and meet high critera, such as consistent grade point averages, and letters of recommendation will be needed. Once the initial criteria is met, students apply for beccas, or scholarships, in order to receive assistance. Amigos helps many students through the four years at COBASH, the local high school, and continues to provide further help as students leave Alamos for trade schools or even higher education in larger cities such as Navajoa and Ciudad Obregon.
So back to my quick fix antojito. If I need a book, I go to Kathy's Korner. But there is much more to do there. There many good antojitos.
If I need a gift for someone, I can buy a packet of beautiful cards, handmade by local artist, Joan Gould Winderman. Some of the cards are photographs of Alamos and some are collages of handmade paper and feathers and fabric. All are beautiful.
I might stop for awhile to work a cross word puzzle or to help complete a large jig saw puzzle.
Now, that is what I call a 'quick fix.' My antojito.