Who We Are
Rural Ed is a non-profit, altruistic organization, registered in Mexico an A.C.(Asociación Civil), a registered 501(c)(3) in the U.S. Mexicans and foreign residents formed this organization together in San Miguel de Allende, with the promise to redress the problem of educational inequality in nearby rural areas.
IN MEXICAN CITIES, ABOUT 60% OF YOUNG PEOPLE ACQUIRE AT LEAST 9 YEARS OF SCHOOLING. THAT FIGURE DROPS TO 12% IN THE COUNTRYSIDE.
ABOUT 65% OF YOUNG PEOPLE DROP OUT OF SCHOOL BY THE AGE OF 15.
THE AVERAGE EDUCATION LEVEL IN THE STATE OF GUANAJUATO IS BETWEEN 7TH AND 8TH GRADE.
In partnership with the community, the Rural Education Institute has converted community centers into classrooms with libraries and computer labs to promote literacy, English and computer skills.
In 2010, the Rural Education Institute of Mexico began to provide scholarships and/or direct resources to students wishing to continue their education through high school. Certain academic and financial qualifications are required, and once the students receive the scholarships, Rural Ed provides monitoring and mentoring throughout the high school process. Mentoring in fundamental and critical life skills provides a framework whereby these young people can seek opportunities within their own communities and country.
Since 2014, the Rural Education Institute of Mexico has been registered in the United States as a 501(c)(3) with U.S. tax deductibility status, and is working to obtain its Mexican tax deductibility status. As of 2016, Rural Ed has partnered with Amistad Canada which allows Canadians to receive tax deductions as well.