Sponsor a Student (BECAS)

On a mission trip in 2012, a group of American high school seniors met Moises, a Mexican high school senior while they were helping build a new dining hall for the Mayan Children’s Village.  They were so impressed with Moises’ story–coming to the Children’s Village from a peasant farming family and working hard for six years to graduate from high school.  They decided to sponsor him to continue his education, moving to the Merida Student House to attend college.  Grassroots efforts like these teenagers’ have inspired us to start a more formal sponsorship program so that more people can get personally involved in supporting Acción’s student homes.

Building Educational Chances through American Sponsors (BECAS) is Acción’s sponsorship program. In Spanish “beca” means “scholarship.” BECAS helps you make a difference in the life of a child!  BECAS is a way to provide a scholarship and personally connect with one of the students that Acción supports in our Mayan Children’s Village or Merida Student House.

For $140 per month, you can cover the full cost of hosting a child at our educational homes, or you can provide a partial scholarship–any amount you can give will be greatly appreciated. Children who live in housing provided by Acción are given the chance to get an education that they would otherwise never be able to receive. This is a transformative experience that will benefit them and their families for the rest of their lives. One child at a time, Acción Ministries is breaking the cycle of poverty for Mayan Mexicans.

Please join us in this effort by sponsoring a child. Simply look through the list of our current students below and pick one whom you would like to support, then make your BECAS pledge using the form at the bottom of this page.  You can communicate via email with your sponsored student and you will receive updates each semester about him or her.  If you would like to print information about the BECAS program, you can click here to view our brochure.

Current Residents at the Merida Student House (2015-2016 school year)

Daniel is an 21 year old from Comalcalco, Tabasco. He is in his fifth of nine semesters of an electrical engineering degree. He has been at CEM since August 2012. His religious affiliation is Presbyterian.

Daniel says, “I come from the town of Ignacio Zaragoza. My parents are [the directors of VIM]. The standard of living for our family is low but God is always with us. In my spare time I take the opportunity to nap, then spend a lot of time studying and listening to music. I like to play the drums and draw. CEM is a good place to live and a great opportunity God has given to us.” His personal philosophy is, “the opportunities are few, do not let them go.”

Daniel is currently sponsored
 Jose Esteban is an 21 year old from San Juan de Dios, Quintana Roo. He is in his fifth of nine semesters of a civil engineering degree. He has been at CEM since August 2012; before that he lived at VIM and completed his high school degree. His religious affiliation is Presbyterian.  Jose has three brothers and his parents cannot afford to send him to college.

Jose says, “I never thought I’d have this opportunity to continue studying, because my parents do not have the resources to pay for school.  Thanks to those who are giving me this opportunity to continue my education, live with the other kids, and be more responsible.”  Jose’s life philosophy is “He who is not against us is for us.”

Jose Esteban is currently sponsored
Jose Guadalupe is a 22 year old from San Juan de Dios, Quintana Roo. He is in his fifth of nine semesters of an environmental engineering degree. He has been at CEM since August 2012, previously he completed his high school degree living at VIM. His religious affiliation is Presbyterian.  Jose has 3 brothers and 4 sisters; his father is a peasant farmer.  His village has only an elementary school.

Jose says, “God allowed me to be at VIM for my high school studies.  CEM has impacted my life greatly.  I thank God for having come here.  In my spare time I play music and sports, read and draw.”  Jose’s life philosophy is “Failure is not a defeat, it is a pause in the race to the finish.”

Jose Guadalupe is currently sponsored
Moises is a 22 year old from San Juan de Dios, Quintana Roo. He is in his fifth of nine semesters of a civil engineering degree. He has been at CEM since August 2012. His religious affiliation is Presbyterian.

 Moises says, “I grew up in a humble home.  It is a blessing from God to live at CEM; I never imagined having this opportunity.  Being here, I learn new things every day.  In my free time I play soccer, run, and draw.”  Moises’ life philosophy is “slow but certain.”

Moises is currently sponsored.
Cristian A M C Cristian Alejandro M.C. is a 23 year old from Ticul, Yucatan. He is in his seventh of nine semesters of high school. He has been at CEM since August 2012. His religious affiliation is Presbyterian .

Cristian says, “CEM house is very important to me because it is helping me a lot.  Here I learned respect and how to be responsible.  I’m happy I’m here. My personal philosophy is ‘although we are faithless, God remains faithful.'”

Cristian Alejandro M.C. is not yet sponsored
Jose Emmanuel is an 21 year old from Ignacio Zaragoza, Quintana Roo. He is in his fifth of nine semesters of a civil engineering program. He has been at CEM since August 2012. His religious affiliation is Presbyterian.  Jose has two sisters and his parents could not afford to send him to college without CEM.

Jose says, “I grew up in a poor family but I never give up.  I like to keep my work areas clean and in my free time play music.  Being at CEM is a blessing and opportunity from God.  Thanks!.”  His life philosophy is “giving is receiving.”

Jose Emmanuel is not yet sponsored
Julio Antonio is a 25 year old from Bolonchen, Campeche. He is in his eighth of nine semesters of an environmental engineering degree. He has been at CEM since August 2009. His religious affiliation is Catholic.

Julio says, “in the course of my life I have learned that if you want to achieve you mush strive to do so.  My stay at CEM has helped me in all aspects.  It has given me the opportunity to study a career, know more about the Word of God, and to live healthily with others.  I am grateful to Christ for leading me to this place.  In my free time I listen to music or environmental documentaries, or visit friends.”  Julio’s life philosophy is, “Faith is the link of life.”

Julio Antonio is not yet sponsored
Sergio Jesus is a 21 year old from Bolonchen, Campeche. He is in his second year of maintenance studies program. He has been at CEM since August 2011; he graduated from high school in 2014 and began his university studies still living at CEM. His religious affiliation is Catholic.

Sergio says, “I like to study; I want to have a profession. Thanks to the support of CEM, I can keep studying and be able to achieve my goals. When I lived in my town I had no education. In Merida I feel happy because every day I learn many things I never could have learned in my town. In my free time I do my chores for CEM; I like to run and play soccer. My personal philosophy is ‘health, respect, and joy in everything'”

 

Sergio Jesus is not yet sponsored
manuel Manuel is a 21 year old from Acanceh, Yucatan. He is in his third of eight semesters towards an elementary school teaching degree. He has been at CEM since August 2014.  His religious affiliation is Catholic.

Manuel says, “I want to succeed and have a profession.  Thanks to the support CEM is giving me, this house is wonderful.  My family is supporting me in many senses, mostly in giving me advice about how to behave here with all these guys.  In my free time I do my chores, and run or play soccer.  Being here at CEM is quite a dream. My personal philosophy is ‘more giving than receiving’.”

 

Manuel is not yet sponsored
gadiel Gadiel is a 21 year old from Tecax, Yucatan. He is in his seventh of nine semesters towards a business administration engineering degree.  He has been at CEM since January 2014. His religious affiliation is Presbyterian.

Gadiel says, “I am privileged to be born under the wings of my local church along with my brother.  I want to have a career and appreciate your support to reach this dream.  In my free time I play the piano, listen to music, read, and work out.  I enjoy living at CEM, it’s become a part of my life. My personal philosophy is ‘you get the best out of others when you give the best of yourself’.”

 

Gadiel is not yet sponsored
david jonatan David Jonatán is an 20 year old from Ticul, Yucatan. He is in final semester of a mechanic program. He has been at CEM since August 2010.  His religious affiliation is Presbyterian.

David Jonatán says, “When I finished high school my parents did not have enough to support me in my studies, but thanks to CEM and a government scholarship I can continue studying.  In my free time I like playing soccer, reading, listening to music and being with family and friends.  At CEM you learn a lot about how to live in groups. My personal philosophy is ‘work on your present for a better future'”

 

David Jonatán is not yet sponsored

Current Residents at the Mayan Children’s Village (2015-2016 school year)

Gustavo Orlando is not yet sponsored

David is a 19 year old from Valladolid Nuevo, Yucatan. He is in his first semester of high school and has been at VIM since August 2007. David is at VIM because his mother and his aunt who used to take care of him have died, and his father is an alcoholic.  His religious affiliation is Presbyterian.

David says, “VIM has given me shelter, food and lodging, and because of that I can move forward and continue studying.  In my free time I like listening to music and playing soccer.”

David is currently sponsored
Abelardo Dzib Hau cropped Abelardo is a 15 year old from Constituyentes, Quintana Roo. He is in his third and final year of middle school and has been at VIM since August 2013. Abelardo is at VIM because his family are peasant farmers and cannot afford to send him to school. His religious affiliation is Christian.

Darwin says, “My father sent me to VIM because he believes the work in the fields is not a good future for me. I enjoy being here and playing with my new friends here. I am going to take advantage of this opportunity that has been given to me. My personal philosophy is ‘take advantage of opportunities to have a good future.'”

Abelardo is not yet sponsored
aureliano cauich nahuat cropped Aureliano is a 17 year old from San Juan de Dios, Quintana Roo. He is in his third of six semesters of high school and has been at VIM since August 2013. Aureliano is at VIM because his family cannot afford to send him to high school. His religious affiliation is Catholic.

Aureliano says, “I am the third child in my family, and am happy to make the most of this opportunity to study that my parents have worked hard to provide for me. My personal philosophy is ‘To go far, you must first trace out the path'”

Aureliano is not yet sponsored
benita cauich kauil cropped Benita is a 15 year old from San Juan de Dios, Quintana Roo. She is in her third of six semesters of high school and has been at VIM since August 2013. Benita is at VIM because her family cannot afford to send her to high school; her father passed away and this education will prepare her to help her family in the future. Her religious affiliation is Catholic.

Benita says, “I like music and helping my mother with household chores when I’m at home. I am just starting to live at VIM and I am very happy with my large new family. Here they take care of us, give us advice, and talk to us about the Word of God. My personal philosophy is ‘Perseverance is vital to reaching a goal.'”

Benita is not yet sponsored
darwin ricardo dzib hau cropped Darwin is an 18 year old from Chemax, Yucatan. He is in his third of six semesters of high school and has been at VIM since August 2013. Darwin is at VIM because his cannot afford to send him to high school; there are 5 children in his family, and work is hard to find for his parents. His religious affiliation is Presbyterian.

Darwin says, “With this opportunity to study, I can become someone in life and help others. I already feel as though VIM is my home. In my free time I read, play soccer and do exercise. My personal philosophy is ‘with God nothing is impossible, if God is with me, who can be against me.'”

Darwin is not yet sponsored
daniel ayala balam cropped Sergio Daniel is a 17 year old from Guadalupe Victoria, Quintana Roo. He is in his third of six semesters of high school and has been at VIM since August 2013. Daniel is at VIM because he comes from a large family of peasant farmers who cannot afford to send him to school. His village is very small and only has an elementary school.  His religious affiliation is Catholic.

Daniel says, “I have enjoyed meeting new friends at VIM and they help me just like a family. I enjoy volleyball and music. I look forward to improving myself so that I can help my family. My personal philosophy is to ‘be thankful in everything.'”

Daniel is not yet sponsored
edson rodrigo angulo chi cropped Edson is an 18 year old from Valladolid, Yucatan. He is in his third of six semesters of high school and has been at VIM since August 2013. Edson is at VIM because his family cannot afford to send him to high school. Edson has 3 brothers and sister; his father is a peasant farmer and occasionally gets work from tourism. His religious affiliation is Presbyterian.

Edson says, “VIM is an important change in my life; the system of life here is good and has good discipline. I am a patient and happy person. In my free time I play soccer, study, and hang out with friends. My personal philosophy is ‘Everything is possible if you want it badly.'”

Edson is not yet sponsored
karla maria cahum poot cropped Karla is a 17 year old from Valladolid, Yucatan. She is in her third of six semesters of high school and has been at VIM since August 2013. Karla is at VIM because her parents are peasant farmers and not able to support her high school education. Her religious affiliation is Jehovah’s Witness.

Karla says, “In my home there are five of us; sometimes we have money but other times we must go without necessities. VIM has had a positive impact on me because we are treated well and there is discipline in daily life. My personal philosophy is ‘to have a promising future, you must apply discipline in your daily life.'”

Karla is not yet sponsored
marco antonio cauich cauich cropped Marco Antonio is an 18 year old from San Juan de Dios, Quintana Roo. He is in his third of six semesters of high school and has been at VIM since August 2013. Marco Antonio is at VIM because his family are peasant farmers and cannot afford to send him to high school. His religious affiliation is Catholic.

Marco Antonio says, “My family is of humble means, but we work hard and help others in life. I am tall, chubby, and had problems at birth. My favorite school subjects are chemistry and physics. VIM has given me a beautiful place to live and have fellowship with others. My personal philosophy is ‘when I study I can make myself better each day.'”

Marco Antonio is not yet sponsored
nehemias isai cocum hau cropped Nehemias is a 17 year old from Ignacio Zaragoza, Quintana Roo. He is in his third of six semesters of high school and has been at VIM since August 2013. Nehemias is at VIM because his family is poor and unable to support his education. His religious affiliation is Presbyterian.

Nehemias says, “I am here because of the help of many great people, including my family. My family is not wealthy, we forgo many necessities, but my parents work hard to give us a better life. In my free time I enjoy reading and watching television. VIM has been a positive impact in my life. My personal philosophy is ‘The future will allow us to do the impossible.'”

Nehemias is not yet sponsored
omar marin poot cropped Omar is a 15 year old from Nuevo Xcan, Quintana Roo. He is in his third of six semesters of high school and has been at VIM since August 2013. Omar is at VIM because his father abandoned his family when he was five. He lives only with his mother and she could not support his high school education. His religious affiliation is Presbyterian.

Omar says, “I like to help other people, in my free time that’s what I do. The peace and tranquility at VIM is the best thing. Also, there is good Christian advice. My personal philosophy is ‘When you help others, you help yourself.'”

Omar is not yet sponsored
victor manuel tun cauich cropped Victor is a 17 year old from San Juan de Dios, Quintana Roo. He is in his third of six semesters of high school and has been at VIM since August 2013. Victor is at VIM because his family are peasant farmers and cannot afford to send him to high school in their village. His religious affiliation is Catholic.

Victor says, “VIM is a different experience than being at home because there are many youth here from many different towns. I’ve found the help that I need because my family doesn’t have very much money, and I can lead the way for my brothers. In my free time I enjoy soccer, volleyball, and listening to music. My personal philosophy is ‘love everything because love is powerful.'”

Victor is not yet sponsored
Wilberth is an 18 year old from San Juan de Dios, Quintana Roo. He is in his fifth of six semesters of high school and has been at VIM since August 2012. His religious affiliation is Catholic.

Wilberth says, “I am studying at the present and pushing my limits so I can help my family.  VIM is meaningful to me, I have received a lot of help and they treat us very well.  In my free time I enjoy playing sports and hanging out with friends.”

Wilberth is not yet sponsored
Miguel Angel Miguel is an 18 year old from San Juan de Dios, Quintana Roo. He is in his first of six semesters of high school and has been at VIM since August 2014. His religious affiliation is Catholic.

Miguel says, “VIM is nice. I like soccer and homework.”

Miguel is not yet sponsored
Jesus Alberto Jesus Alberto is an 18 year old from San Juan de Dios, Quintana Roo. He is in his first of six semesters of high school and has been at VIM since August 2014. His religious affiliation is Catholic.

Jesus Alberto says, “I come from a family of five but only two of us are studying.  I like to play volleyball and work.  My philosophy is ‘everything will be okay if we trust in God’.”

Jesus Alberto is not yet sponsored
jose armando Jose Armando is an 18 year old from Nuevo Durango, Quintana Roo. He is in his third of six semesters of high school and has been at VIM since August 2014. He is at VIM because he comes from a large family (6 siblings) and his parents are peasant farmers.  His religious affiliation is Catholic.

Jose Armando says, “It is wonderful to stay here; the people in charge are nice.  My personal philosophy is ‘tell me who you walk with and I’ll tell you who you are’.”

Jose Armando is not yet sponsored
Pedro Antonio Pedro is a 17 year old from San Juan de Dios, Quintana Roo. He is in his first of six semesters of high school and has been at VIM since August 2014.  His religious affiliation is Catholic.

Pedro says, “I come from a normal family.  My dad is a farmer, my mom a housewife.  My brothers and sisters are also studying.  My personal philosophy is ‘when you trust in God anything is possible’.”

Pedro is not yet sponsored
 Nazario Yanil Nazario is an 18 year old from San Juan de Dios, Quintana Roo. He is in his first of six semesters of high school and has been at VIM since August 2014. His religious affiliation is Presbyterian.

Nazario says, “VIM is a lovely place.  I enjoy playing soccer and volleyball and helping my mom in the kitchen and cleaning.  My personal philosophy is ‘God is Powerful.  He will help me walk with Him’.”

Nazario is not yet sponsored
 Carlos Daniel Carlos is a 17 year old from San Juan de Dios, Quintana Roo. He is in his first of six semesters of high school and has been at VIM since August 2014. He is at VIM because and his parents are peasant farmers.  His religious affiliation is Catholic.

Carlos says, “VIM has beautiful people.  The food is delicious and the people there as staff are nice.  My personal philosophy is ‘when you trust in God you can do anything’.”

Carlos is not yet sponsored
Gerardo Gerardo is a 16 year old from San Juan de Dios, Quintana Roo. He is in his first of six semesters of high school and has been at VIM since August 2014. He is at VIM because he comes from a large family (7 siblings) and his parents are peasant farmers.  His religious affiliation is Presbyterian.

Gerardo says, “VIM is a lovely place to stay.  I like to live with my roommates.  In my free time I enjoy playing soccer and volleyball.  My personal philosophy is ‘you take care of me and I’ll take care of you’.”

Gerardo is not yet sponsored
Marco Antonio Marco C.M. is a 17 year old from San Juan de Dios, Quintana Roo. He is in his first of six semesters of high school and has been at VIM since August 2014. He is at VIM because he comes from a large family (8 siblings) and only 3 of the children are able to attend school for financial reasons.  His religious affiliation is Catholic.

Marco C.M. says, “People here are nice, everyone treats each other well.  I love playing soccer and studying.  My personal philosophy is ‘don’t leave for tomorrow what you can do today’.”

Marco C.M. is not yet sponsored