Last May Carnival Ecstasy crewmembers reached out to sponsor an orphanage in Merida, Mexico, which is a 40 minute drive from the cruise ship's port of call in Progreso. Home to 50 children from ages 6 to 15 years of age, the orphanage is run by two priests as well as local volunteers.
The crew's project is two-fold: to renovate the facility and supply materials to help in the day-to-day operations at the orphanage. In addition to hiring contractors to upgrade the plumbing and other building projects, the crew has pitched in to paint and perform general maintenance. They also share their onboard skills, such as teaching personal health and hygiene (ship's nurses), cleanliness and housekeeping (stewards), and nutrition (chefs).
It hasn't been all work and no play. Not only do crewmembers travel to the orphange, they have also hosted the children on the ship for a fun day in port. Visit their website at Crew Cares 4 Kids...Making A Difference to follow their progress.