Where We Teach

Map of Where Responsibility Teaches - Mexico and Nicaragua

Tijuana, Mexico - Escuela David Lynch

Kindergarten and Computer / Art / Tutoring Schools:

Our main emphasis at Responsibility is education for the children living in the dirt-floored shacks around the Tijuana municipal dump. That is where we operate a preschool/kindergarten, a computer lab for children and adults, art classes for aspiring artists, and a place for tutoring.


Summer School/ Camp:

This summer you sent 60 children from the old Tijuana garbage dump to camp. Our kids had classes in art, computers, English, sports, and tutoring. Afternoons were spent at museums, parks, and the kids’ favorite place, the beach. This past year, with our combined programs, we had close to 175 students.

Matagalpa, Nicaragua - The Robert Keenan Family School

Kindergarten and Elementary Schools:

The 2011 school year had an enrollment of 176 students, 90 kindergarten students and 86 elementary school students. In the morning we have kindergarten classes. In the afternoons, we have an elementary school specifically for children who work and had dropped out of the public school or had never attended. This describes most of the kids who scavenge the city dump for survival.

The Drinking Water Project:

We are now providing drinking water to roughly 600 children. 

The ground water is contaminated so drinking water is trucked in.

Scavengers of the city dump:

Eighty percent of the municipal dump scavengers are single mothers with four to eight children. The mom takes all her children to work. Babies come in cardboard boxes and a laid next to the mother while she scavenges for recyclables. Together a family earns about $1.50 a day. Along with recyclables, they usually find breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

United States Educational Programs

Along with our teaching the children in Mexico and Nicaragua, we have been providing educational programs for American students. David Lynch is often a guest speaker at all levels of schools.

On year, Tanner Simmons, a junior at Poway High School in San Diego, California, arranged for David Lynch to speak to the students at the Park Village Elementary School about life in third world countries. The school is following up with a fund raiser to send one child to our Tijuana kindergarten for one year. The goal was to raise $1,400. This entire project was organized by Tanner, a high school junior.

The amount of American students who have gotten involved, visited our school, or attended a lecture is 25,000 students over the past 40 years.

I was attracted to Responsibility for two reasons - I love the Mexican Culture and I believe that education is the key to success and social change.
Marilyn Simon
Board Member