Kyäni’s philanthropic arm, the Kyäni Caring Hands Foundation, was recognized by top government leaders in Mexico, including Marcelo Ebrard, Secretario de Relaciones Exteriores de México, and the Governor of the state of Chiapas, Mexico, Rutilio Escandón Cadena, for its efforts in education within the indigenous communities in Chiapas. Erich Diestel, Director of the Kyäni Caring Hands Foundation who also lives in Chiapas, was honored for his strategic development in the program and the relationships he has built withing the Chiapas communities.
Caring Hands has worked in Chiapas, Mexico for eight years to improve access to nutrition, sanitation and education for children in the region. The organization has worked closely with COBACH, a government institution that oversees public high school education, and UNACH, the largest accredited online university in Chiapas, to bring online access to university degrees to remote areas and reduce the cost of obtaining a degree by 95%.
“This honor from the highest officials in the country is due to the model of success that Kyäni Caring Hands has created,” said Kyäni Caring Hands Executive Director Andrew Mangeris. “We are incredibly honored to have received this recognition, and we are proud of the opportunity we’ve had to create lasting change in the lives of thousands of people. We thank the many generous donors who support our efforts to serve those in need.”