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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Elementary & Secondary Schools, Literacy

Mission: Our sole mission is to provide Oaxacan children living in extreme poverty the opportunity for an education. At our center, we provide nutritious meals, medical care, tutoring, school enrollment assistance, and all support necessary for more than 600 children to attend public school.

Target demographics: The Poorest of Children Obtain and Education

Direct beneficiaries per year: 600+ students attend school in Oaxaca City and the surrounding area.

Geographic areas served: Oaxaca, Oaxaca

Programs: Oaxaca Streetchildren Grassroots is a bi-national non-profit organization devoted to improving the lives of marginalized youth of diverse backgrounds in Oaxaca City, Mexico by giving them access to an education. With boards in Mexico and the United States and a broad international base of financial donors and volunteers, we provide nutritious meals, medical care, public school tuition and extracurricular academic support to over 600 Oaxacan children. Our historic center in Oaxaca City serves as a place of extracurricular learning for the children we serve, as well as a site of inter-cultural exchange for the many international students and volunteers who contribute to our grassroots mission. We believe that every child has a right to an education and we support the rights of Indigenous youth to an education that is culturally appropriate.

Community Stories

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This centre provides the perfect blend of what is needed to assist Oaxacan children to discover who they are, where they want their life journey to lead them and the tools to get there; supportive leaders and volunteers, nutritious meals, school supplies, tutors, activities and fun. Volunteers and visitors are warmly welcomed to see the program in action, changing children's lives, one child at a time. My family sponsors a student and have had the pleasure to meet him and his family. Last week we received a Christmas note with a hand written letter from our 'child', along with his school report. This organization is the answer to those who want to give of themselves, their time or their monetary donations.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great organization for the street kids of Oaxaca. Every time I visit, I see young people learning in the computer lab and doing Spanish-English interchange with short term or long term volunteer adults. I've volunteered here in the past when I was just a visitor to Oaxaca and I now I've been in to volunteer as a Oaxaca resident. Visitors can just pop in for the day and spend time on whatever is needed as help on that day.

Board Member

Rating: 5

With my yearly visits to Oaxaca I am reminded just how important the work of Oaxaca Streetchildren Grassroots is. In January we visited a family served by the center and the conditions of their current life in poverty reminded me why helping children who seek an education is so important. The center continues to do good work and I look forward to my visit next year. The center continues to fill a significant need in Oaxaca City and the surrounding area and is serving the children who need it most.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Oaxaca Streetchildren Grassroots for nearly 20 years. The transformation in the children we serve is amazing. When I first went to Oaxaca the street children we seek to reach were shoe less, hungry, malnourished, and often in need of medical attention. Through our grassroots effort in Oaxaca hundreds have attended school and we have gone from zero university graduates at inception to more than 70 today. Through the generosity of people from around the world children who would have never had the opportunity for an education are fulfilling their educational dream and, in turn, having opportunity they never imagined.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with OSCGR for over a decade. It is rewarding to watch the institution grow, yet remain true to its mission of giving access to education to the marginalized youth of Oaxaca. I am excited about its future and proud to be a member!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Oaxaca Grassroots makes a difference in the lives of hundreds of disadvantaged students. The volunteers, workers, and contributors to the organization help them towards their goal of fulfilling their dream of completing an education through the university level. Without that support many would lack the opportunity to have a professional career. The valuable time, resources, and contributors to the organization make an incredible difference in the lives of the children and the future for them and their families. Among the best rewards for making even the slightest offer of assistance is to see the children's appreciation, their eagerness to learn, and their accomplishments. It has been a pleasure to work with the children and sponsor a child. It has encouraged me to return many times to the city.

Regina18

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first volunteered with this organization in 1997, back when fewer than 100 children were involved and there was not yet a physical center to care, feed and nurture the many children who urgently need support to attend school and thrive. The organization's growth over the past 20 years has been remarkable, and I'm proud to continue my support. Its leaders are dedicated to the communities it serves, and work tirelessly to give participants every opportunity possible. I will continue to support Oaxaca Street Children and urge others to do the same.

2 Kathy227

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a great little organization...enables street kids in Oaxaca to go to school and cares about their futures. School is something taken for granted by most--but not within reach of many. Peter and I have sponsored a child for maybe ten years now...such a rewarding and affordable way to make a difference! We visited this happy place a while ago and found the atmosphere to be full of joy and promise. Check them out and see for yourself. Do it!
--Kathy in Vermont

1 Marilyn Horn

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a sponsor of this wonderful organization since 2000. I also make frequent trips to the city of Oaxaca and have seen first hand the excellent and important work done to make education available to Oaxaca's poorest children. The huge number of yearly volunteers is one very important aspect to keeping the staffing costs at a minimum. The majority of the funds raised by Oaxaca Streetchildren Grassroots goes to enrich the lives of our 600+ students, from primary school through university studies for those who wish to continue beyond high school. I am constantly heartened by the stories of young lives who have been definitely changed for the better!

W. David S.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I first went to Oaxaca City more than 20 years ago. At that time street kids were everywhere downtown begging. These children often had no shoes, were malnourished, sometimes sick, and had no opportunity. The only source of money for their families was to beg. Since
that time, the situation has changed for the better with the help of Oaxaca Streetchildren
Grassroots. Children that would be out begging are now in school and have a chance for a bright future and a variety of opportunities afforded to them through education. Visit or volunteer at the center in Oaxaca and see for yourself.

Marlene N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently visited Oaxaca for the purpose of seeing this center in action. I was so impressed. The people who run the center are very warm and welcoming, and they genuinely care about the future of the children in the program. It's obvious that the children love being there as the place is filled with excitement and laughter. I am looking so forward to returning in future years, and I would recommend this experience for anyone interested in improving the life of a child.