– Judy Peterson, legal representative
re: M&C International Children’s Foundation
Mike & Cathy McLeod, sv ORION
Our educational programs have been supported by one or more of these organizations since 2003.
CEMEFI (Centro Mexicano para la Filantropia) – Since we joined in 2007 we have learned how much we didn’t know about running a non-profit in Mexico. Dulce, Veronica, Andrea and Judy took courses on fundraising, administration, filing tax returns and importation of donated items, among other things. Also, thanks to their platform, we have been able to stay up-to-date through their Member Forums, which permit us to attend from afar. Dulce also completed a course on running a civil association for which she received a diploma from Technologia de Monterrey in 2009.
We also received certification in 2009 from CEMEFI of our “Institucionalidad y Transparencia,” (transparency) which gives us the right to use the logo you see to the right on our home page and letterhead. Niparaja and FANLAP are the only organizations in Baja California Sur to have this honor.
Club Cruceros de La Paz – www.clubcruceros.net – a Mexican non-profit civil association, often contributes to help our educational program, normally $5,000 pesos annually.
Rotary Clubs – Two of the La Paz Rotary Clubs, Club Rotario Bahía de La Paz and Club Rotario La Paz Balandra, have collaborated with us through the years. Among their activities, we can include dental health visits and clinics, support for our Scholarship Program, visiting eye consultations and delivery of contact lenses, as well as weight/height measurements for recipients of our dining room services.
Universidad Mundial – This educational institution has supported us throughout the years in many ways, from the donation of community food baskets to that of school supplies for our Scholarship Program, as well as designing and carrying out programs where students can complete their social service requirements with us. These include their presence in the dining room, where students of nutrition from this university have delivered talks about nutrition and also performed basic nutritional evaluations such as weight and size assessments. Another means of support included attendance of psychology students who have presented talks and workshops to our members and their families.
Tenaja Holdings – a member of the Innovaciones Alumbra family of organizations
Candeo Fund provides charitable support through ICF to nonprofit organizations and charitable causes along the Baja California peninsula, Sea of Cortez and Central America.
Sociedad Cultura y Medio Ambiente (SOCUMA) – https://es-la.facebook.com/socuma/ SOCUMA is a civil organization that supports other organizations and social groups. FANLAP has benefitted by attending diverse shops and classes throughout the years, such as Fundraising, Strategic Planning, Legal and Fiscal planning for Social Organizations, Institutional Development, Network Formation, Human Impact and Social Projects, Incidence in Public Politics, among others. We have also attended their annual event “Encounter for Organizations of Civil Society in B.C.S.”, which has served for the exchange of experiences and communication between distinct organizations of our local community.
Biblioteca Infantil Abrapalabra – https://www.abrapalabra.mx/en/english/ When Biblioteca Infantil Abrapalabra, A.C., opened its doors on Calle Guillermo Prieto, their board had a dream of opening branches in low-income neighborhoods in an effort to instill the joy of reading and learning in small children in those “colonias.” To that end, we of FANLAP signed an agreement with them to open their first such branch in our dining room/library/learning center building. We had a room which they had remodeled with an entryway exclusive to Abrapalabra, and they also hired a teacher for the children. At this time children from ages 3 to 12 attend classes from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. 5 days a week. We are grateful to Abrapalabra for helping in our efforts to offer children of impoverished neighborhoods the opportunity to learn.
Raíz de Fondo (Program for the Rescue de Foods) – https://www.raizdefondo.org/ Raíz de Fondo is a non-profit organization that holds among its objectives, the safe preparation of food and good quality of living through community gardens, courses and shops. Fanlap has participated with its own community garden in central La Paz and has supported talks and shops about safe eating, compost elaboration, among other things. For several years Fanlap has been a beneficiary of its Food Rescue program, in which we receive weekly donations of fruits and vegetables to be used in our community dining room and distributed among local families which we support.
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