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CIELO Communities Foundation

Fundacion Comunidades CIELO

about


We are part of the greater Cielo Family, a group of organizations that share the same values and philosophy. Our Cielo Family includes: Cielo Hammocks (Formerly Hammock Boutique), Cielo Hamacas, Cielo Foundation and Cielo Adventure (in the works). 
Cielo Foundation is instrumental to our award-winning Social Impact model by Google, VentrueScale and ANA "SHE Network" (Sustainable Holistic Empowerment Network). Our Sustainability reflects on our ability to run a profitable business allowing us to generate sources of income to ~900 families (and growing) who hand weave hammocks from home. The Holistic component comes for our integrated approach of not limiting ourselves to just create jobs but also work with the local governments, academic institutions, private sector and NGOs to improve overall living conditions. Empowerment comes for the economic independence that results from being lifted out of poverty. Finally, the Network represents the families of weavers, their communities and the institutions that make this possible. 
Our holistic approach looks to empower women through education and professional development. We also work with the younger generations of Mayan people ensuring access to more opportunities via advanced education. Lastly, we work closely with local government officials and higher education institutions to improve living conditions and generate sustainable job opportunities.
 Some of our workshops and programs include sexual education for teenagers, literacy classes for adults, English for children, training for midwives, drug, violence and alcoholism workshops, scholarship funds for advanced education, amongst others. 
 Our goal is to alleviate poverty and end the generational cycle of poverty in artisan communities across the globe.

Cielo Communities Foundation (Cielo Foundation - Fundación Cielo) is a non-profit registered in USA and Mexico.  Our vision is to alleviate poverty, promote gender equality and inspire social entrepreneurship that transforms society. Our work, for now, is mainly focused on native Mayan communities in the Yucatan peninsula. We strongly promote Education as a mean to advance society.

 

We work closely with local government officials, NGO’s, Academic Institutions and the private sector to improve living conditions, generate sustainable job opportunities, promote formal education and environment conservation.  

our story

Cielo Foundation was officially launched in the summer of 2014 by Constantino and Josefina Urzaiz. 
We are social impact entrepreneurs who recognize incredible economic disparity in Mexico and the world and have set ourselves to do our part starting in our community.
We have launched a group of organizations with the goal of driving social change by disrupting poverty and promoting gender equality.

Cielo Communities Foundation (Cielo Foundation - Fundación Cielo) is a non-profit registered in USA and Mexico.  Our vision is to alleviate poverty, promote gender equality and inspire social entrepreneurship that transforms society. Our work, for now, is mainly focused on native Mayan communities in the Yucatan peninsula. We strongly promote Education as a mean to advance society.

 

We work closely with local government officials, NGO’s, Academic Institutions and the private sector to improve living conditions, generate sustainable job opportunities, promote formal education and environment conservation.  

our philosofy

Cielo Foundation has a strong focus on Education. 
We believe that only through formal Education we can truly transform systemically society.

We are looking for lasting change that will provide opportunities to the children of our artisans. Access to quality education will make community members more competitive for higher paying jobs, lead the communities to be more self-sufficient, and improve community health through knowledge of preventative health measures.  

We run an intensive summer program with the collaboration of volunteers from around the world. Our selected summer volunteers come and live in our communities of weavers in the center of the Yucatan peninsula for approximately 10 weeks. Interns help
Fudacion Cielo's staff run programs that include educational children's activities, a mentorship program for high school students interested in continuing their education, a Health Fair, sports league's, literacy classes for adults, amongst others. 

Our Volunteer Summer program is a great success. If you are interested in being part of our Summer 2018 Internship program, check back in January 2018 for application details. We hire undergrad or 
graduate students with a strong interest in social sciences, development, healthcare, and Spanish

The Fundación Cielo Team