May 15, 2006-- The Zapoteca Indian who has made a plea for money donations so he can buy a mountain bike to ride to school and begin racing is still waiting. Although more than $60 was raised for Celestino Lazo from cyclists in April, the total is stil short of the $400 goal, the cost of a bicycle in Mexico. Celestino Bautizo Lazo, was raised as a traditional Zapoteca Indian in the village of Teotitlan del Valle, about 10 miles outisde of the city of Oaxaca, Mexico (he is pictured at left herding one of the family's cows).
Celestino is currently studying accounting at the Autonomous Benito Juarez of Oaxaca University.
As he noted previously, "I ride the bus to and from Oaxaca city to go to school every day, but many times it never comes or comes too late so I have to look for a taxi."
He also wants to start providing bike tours to gringoes from the United States, such as ourselves, particularly up the 8-mile climb that starts from the back of his village to Benito Juarez National Park.
Benito Juarez has been named by the World Wildlife Fund as one of the most diverse ecological locations in the world, boasting thousands of unique plants, and an extensive array of pine trees deemed essential to world ecology.
In addition to doing a good deed, if you visit Celestino, he will invite you into his house, and show you how his family weaves rugs, makes corn tacos from scratch, and tends to their farm animals. Their house is clean and has a large bathroom with running water located in a separate building .
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