Lake Chapala´s Charitable Youth Organization
Have Hammer…Will Travel is a Mexican charity that teaches valuable life skills to Mexican youth and adults through woodworking and carpentry. Located on the shores of Lake Chapala, in Riberas del Pilar, Jalisco, Mexico. Have Hammer exists because of community donations and committed volunteers.
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HHWT serves as a resource for any citizen who seeks to explore, develop, or enhance one´s career and technical skills and experiences.. These learning opportunities provide a critical choice especially for youth who have few other positive options; 65% of youth in Mexico do not continue schooling after 9th grade for a variety of reasons. Only 36% of Mexicans have earned the equivalent of a high school degree (OECD, reported in New York Times, 19 November, 2013)
Each year, approximately 30 male and female students attend either Level I classes (ages 10-14) or Level II classes (ages 15 and above). They come from all the villages in the municipality of Chapala, where the majority have low economic status.
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Your generosity makes our work possible. Whether you contribute financially or as an advocate for good, you make a real and lasting difference in people’s lives.
Your help is needed to maintain this valuable Program. By making a $ donation (link below), by donating machines or tools, and/or by volunteering, you, too can ensure that this valuable program continues in place.
Our latest activity
Each year, Have Hammer…Will Travel hosts an Open House (in summer) and a
dinner/dance fundraiser (February). Both events help inform the Lakeside community
about the program and solicit varied forms of donations, such as silent auctions, gross
receipts from ticket sales, and bar sales.
In addition, the Have Hammer Gourmet Club arranges a catered dinner about once a year as a way to galvanize more financial support for and awareness of the program.