Posted on May 12, 2017
Lisa Martin - Build Bridges, Not WallsFormer Club member, Lisa Martin, described her journey from tourist to committed activist, starting with her vacation in Zihautanejo, Mexico, where she first encountered some of the indigenous children who were not allowed to attend the Mexican schools. This led to her meeting Marina, a local woman who had started an informal school to educate these children, most of whom do not speak Spanish as their native language. Lisa gave up her comfortable life in Massachusetts to help Marina develop with the assistance of Rotary an NGO called the Netza school. The resulting school now has a brick and mortar presence and 400+ students. The journey has not been without hurdles. Lisa was sidelined for two years, recovering from a serious car accident. The school was taken away from Marina by the Mexican government. However, Marina decided to start a new, private school and Lisa has documented all of this in her recently completed book, "From A to Zih".