Celebrating Milestones »

One of Back2Back Cancun’s tutors, Ersy, stood in front of the crowd at the graduation ceremony. “This next student,” he hesitated because of emotion, “will always have a special place in my heart. Maria, come on up.” The crowd clapped enthusiastically as Maria made her way up front to accept her diploma. She gave Ersy […]

Family Fun Nights »

Three older girls run up to Matt as he gets out of his truck. “When is the next family fun night?!” they ask excitedly. He laughs, “Not this weekend, but soon!” They run off to finish their math lesson, and Matt smiles to himself as he follows behind. Since December of last year, Back2Back staff […]

A Budding Artist »

Precious’ head was bent low over the familiar, lined paper. She carefully ran her pencil across the page, then chose a crayon before adding in the color. Two other children looked over her shoulder in curiosity. “Hey, Precious,” one of them asked softly, “when you’re finished, can you draw a photo on my sponsor letter?” […]

Building Community »

On Children’s Day in Mexico, the Community Center of Tres Reyes was bustling with activity. Superheroes greeted the children as they entered the community center and were split into several small teams. “Children from all Strong Families Programs were invited to the celebration,” shared Rodo Arguello, Back2Back Cancun Director. “A new relationship with a local […]

A Humble Learner »

Stephen headed towards Blessing’s house and prayed about the conversation he would have with her family. Blessing, a young girl newer to attending Igmin Kibe Education Center, recently took a test to determine grade placement at her new school. Before she attended Igmin Kibe, Blessing was in the sixth grade. Blessing’s test scores at the […]

Fresh Paint and Brighter Rooms »

The boys filed into the room with wide eyes. They recognized their beds and personal items, but their surroundings looked unfamiliar. What was once a dark grey room with murals all over the walls, was now bright with fresh paint, welcoming the boys home. “The boys’ room always made me think of institutionalized living,” shared […]

A Memorable Mother’s Day »

Everywhere you looked at the community center, you could see groups of teens busy at work. One group was picking up trash, another was setting up tables and chairs under the palapa. A few girls worked on decorating, while another group wrapped gifts and made personalized nametags for their guests. Inside the community center, a […]

Receiving the Care He Needs »

Thirteen-year old Luis Fernando limped to a spot in the grass to rest. His foot was hurting, but he hadn’t twisted it. He went to his caregivers with concern in his voice. “My foot is hurting badly; I can’t walk on it, but I don’t know what’s wrong.” After looking at his foot, caregivers realized […]

Overcoming Obstacles »

The warm, yellow room is filled with the sound of fingertips hitting keyboards. Miss Sandy, Back2Back staff, paces back and forth behind them, ensuring they’re staying on track, ever present to answer questions. It’s not a conventional classroom, but the four students sitting in front of the computers are full-time students in pursuit of a […]

A Friendly Face on the Way to School »

“Alright, everybody!” Alphonsus calls out to the children sitting behind him on the bus. “We’re here. Have a good day! Be respectful, pay attention!” He smiles at each child as they exit the bus in their school uniform. They turn and wave goodbye to him, knowing they will see him in a few hours for […]

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