About us

History

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

MISSION

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.

VISION

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.

values

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

History

Chronology

2004

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.

2007

INEA grants official recognition and certify our teachers.

2011

Alliance reached to offer high school education.

2013

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.

2014

  • 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.

    2016

  • 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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