About us


Our foundation was created in 2006 by José Shabot Cherem. He has always had a great entrepreneurial spirit, while working at a construction site, José realized that many of his fellow bricklayers could not read neither write. For that reason, in 2004 our founder started to deliver on-site lessons to construction workers. In so doing, they would be enabled to obtain a better quality of life.

This is how Construyendo y Creciendo was created. Its main objective is to provide education and job training to construction workers. We install classrooms in their own workplace.

In 14 years, we have a track record of 120 classrooms installed over 16 States of Mexico. We have benefited more than 25,000 workers.

As well, we install Mobile Classrooms in public places. This sort of classrooms has allowed us to benefit entire communities, and not only construction workers.

Since 2017, BSc in Architecture, Roxana Fabris, became our Executive President.

About us

Organizational Ideology


Our mission is to offer quality, formal, and comprehensive education to construction workers in order to provide them with personal and professional development opportunities capable of transforming their quality of life and triggering a positive social change tin their closest circles.


To be leaders in combating educational backwardness of construction workers, encouraging them to finish their primary and secondary school, so they can achieve personal, social, and economic development opportunities for them, their families, and our Mexico.


Construyendo y Creciendo programs are based on the values of respect, fairness, justice, solidarity, honesty and integrity.

We work with the support of INEA and different partners, such as local authorities, in order to guarantee that our educational services are official and of quality.
Classrooms of Construyendo y Creciendo
Our classrooms are conditioned areas at the construction site. These count with computers, internet access, and all the necessary supplies for learning. It facilitates assistance as these are located within workers’ workplace.
The learning process
Because we work with adults, our educational methodology is focused on providing workers with basic concepts for daily life, allowing an effective and lifelong learning. Our vision is that adults can manage their own learning and develop it in an experiential, active, and participative manner, as they already possess prior knowledge, skills, experiences, and values.
Due to our learning methodology, students can complete educational levels, from alphabetization to secondary school, within periods of four to six months.
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José Shabot Cherem begins teaching lessons to his colleagues and creates a Foundation to provide education to construction workers.

October 6, 2006

Construyendo y Creciendo, A.C. (Civil Association) starts operations.


INEA grants official recognition and certify our teachers.


Alliance reached to offer high school education.


The National Council of Education for Life and Work (CONEVyT) recognizes Construyendo y Creciendo as a Civil Society organization for their commitment to education of construction workers.


  • Awarded by the Mexican Center for Philanthropy (CEMEFI) for its solidarity, philanthropy and social co-responsibility; .
  • Construyendo y Creciendo is constituted as I.A.P. (Private Assistance Organization) under the name «Construyendo a México Crecemos I.A.P.»
  • 2015

    Opening of the first mobile classroom in a public place, aimed to reach the entire community.


  • Nominated by the UNESCO for the Confucius Prize for Literacy;
  • José Shabot Cherem is granted the Alberto Santos de Hoyos Award for the social entrepreneur of the year due to his work through Construyendo y Creciendo.

  • 2017

  • Alliance reached with AT&T to provide technological services in different classrooms.
  • Signing of a collaboration agreement between the Mexico's Labor Department in CDMX, Quiero Casa and Construyendo y Creciendo Foundation.
  • Signing of an agreement with FOVISSSTE to continue combating educational backwardness in construction workers.

  • 2018

  • Construyendo y Creciendo is granted the Marcos Katz Award (2nd place)
  • Signing of a collaboration agreement with CANADEVI.
  • Expansion of the foundation's presence to the northeast and south of Mexico.
  • The first photographic exhibition "Under Construction" is held with photos taken by the students

  • 2019

  • Construyendo y Creciendo is granted the Viva Schmidheiny Award for the NGO with social impact category;
  • Operations begin in Jalisco, Quintana Roo and Chiapas
  • Renewal of the agreement with the National Institute of Adult Education (INEA).
  • The first graduation gala is held where 50 construction workers participate.

  • 2020

  • Construyendo y Creciendo is granted the Honorary Award by Vivanuncios;
  • Construyendo y Creciendo is granted the CEMEX-TEC Award for the Social Entrepereneurs category;
  • Shortlisted in the Top 20 of the UNESCO-King Sejong Literacy Prize;
  • Awarded the Catalyst Fund by The Roddenberry Foundation;
  • QS Reimagine Education Awards, Silver Award for the Pr’esence Learning category;
  • UBS – Visionaris Social Entrepreneurship Awards, shortlisted (Top 5).

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