New Year’s Update

On December 16th, our students’ families received a Christmas Food Basket. Some families struggled to get to school due to the rainstorm, and other families could not even leave their houses or walk through their streets because of mud and flooding, they received their Basket on the 19th. Whether the families received their Basket on the 16th or 19th, they were all grateful towards the sponsors who made it possible.

Our staff, even in the rain, was also thankful and happy to work in order to accomplish this goal for the 45th consecutive year.

During winter break, Mr. Mauricio Medrano, our repairman, worked on needed repairs to our school’s building.

On January 4th, our students and staff went back to work with good news: one of our graduates will help our school by teaching 3 classes, his name is Guillermo Diaz Rios and he has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. We are always happy to see our graduates succeed in life and return to Panamerican Institute to give back what they received when they were teenagers.

Our job of helping students from the poorest families in Tijuana never ends; we continue to improve for them. Here are other ways you can continue to help:


Hungry students cannot learn! We have an average of 20 days of classes per month and our school schedule is 7:30am until 4:30pm.

  • $20 per month or $200 per year to provide daily breakfast at $1 each day.
  • $40 per month or $400 per year to provide daily breakfast and lunch at $2 each day.
  • $5 per month or $50 per year to provide a fruit snack at $0.25 each day.


Our refrigerator is not working properly, and we need to keep our students’ food fresh and healthy for them, it costs $1,500.


Our Computer Laboratory is 9 years old, and so are the computers. A computer’s life span is between 3 and 5 years and even though we tried to repair them, they need to be replaced. Sponsors have donated 24 computers and now we only need 6 more, each costs $450.

Uniform shoes

At this time of the school year, students outgrow their school’s shoes and need to buy new ones, each pair costs $30 for 1 student.

Bus fares to attend school

  • $30 per month or $300 per year.

School supplies

  • $500 per year to purchase school supplies for 12 subjects. Includes monthly replacement of supplies and ribbons for typing classes, paper and toner for printing in computer classes and for homework of other subjects.

At $10, $20, $50, $100, $500, $1,000 or any other amount you wish to donate.

Send your tax-deductable donation to

Panamerican Institute
P. O. Box 433872
San Ysidro, CA 92143

Altar of the Dead

Third students, with the help of their Civics teacher Maribel Bañuelos, built an altar for two of their parents who passed away. This activity helps them learn about Mexican traditions. Here are some photos:

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Christmas Food Baskets 2016

Last December your kindness gave us the opportunity to provide a Christmas Food Basket to our most needed families at Panamerican Institute.

Each basket contained: pinto beans, rice, wheat flour, sugar, salt, canned tuna and vegetables, margarine, cereal, cooking oil, tomato sauce, cookies, pastas, gelatin, jelly, toilet paper, soap, tooth brushes and paste.


Panamerican Institute is thankful to all sponsors who made possible the 2015 Christmas Basket Program.

Our families receive enough food for up to two weeks and for a nice Christmas dinner!

Please allow us to continue with this Christmas tradition for the 45th consecutive year.


Mail your needed donation to:
Panamerican Institute
P. O. Box 433872
San Ysidro, CA 92143

You can also donate through PayPal HERE on our webpage.

May this Christmas and New Year bring you and your family
Joy, Health, Peace and Prosperity.


Back-To-School Update

 Dust is wiped off desks, curtains are opened and our students’ laughter is heard in the hallways again.

Our 2016-2017 school year has started with 24 first year class students who need sponsors to provide them with one of the two meals a day and, as needed, help for transportation or school supplies. Most of our second and third year class students already have a sponsor. If you wish, you can “adopt” a student for only $35 dollars a month or $420 a year, which represents 25% of the total cost to educate one student.

During summer break our staff was busy getting all the work done before students came back.


Mr. Mauricio Medrano, our repairman, built a room for speech therapy and psychology sessions that, one of our graduates, Psychologist Alma I. Calles provides to our students; this room will also be used for tutoring students.



Our teachers and Principal spent a week developing new strategies to help our students learn better and more at school since our Mission is to create self-sufficient people who want to improve their lifestyle by continuing their education and also help their community.

Our building was fumigated against cockroaches and termites; we need donations to repair, as soon as possible, the damage caused by the termites as well as some repairs our building needs since it was purchased in the mid 60’s.

Other opportunities to help teenagers complete secondary school:

  • Provide accident insurance at only $8 per student for the whole school year.
  • Help students purchase their daily uniforms at $75 each. Or P.E. uniform at $30 each, or school shoes or tennis shoes at $30 each.
  • In December, provide Food Christmas Baskets for students at $50 each.

Or help purchase any of the following items:


  • Class materials
  • Office and school supplies
  • Paper, ink & toner for Computer Laboratory
  • Materials for Science Laboratory
  • Building & equipment maintenance
  • Utilities

At $10, $20, $50, $100, $500, $1,000 or any other amount you wish to donate.

Send your tax-deductable donation to
Panamerican Institute
P. O. Box 433872
San Ysidro, CA 92143

or through PayPal at
Submitted by,
Laura Ramírez Santos
Adopt-A-Student Program Coordinator

Emotional Intelligence Workshop

There was a workshop March 21st – 23rd, most of our students came to school during vacations to work on developing skills and social competencies, personal advancement, their faith in values of excellence, effort, personal and collective spirit of self-improvement.

The students had fun, they danced and most important: they learned to deal with everyday problems.

Teachers helped with the activities and preparing the food.

Here are some pictures of those days:

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RYLA Conference

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a leadership program coordinated by Rotary Clubs around the globe. Tijuana’s Rotary Club of Hipodromo came to our school to give the students a conference.