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Mujeres de Maiz Opportunity Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Civil Rights, Education, Educational Services, International, Women, Womens Rights

Mission: We are dedicated to partnering with and empowering indigenous women in Chiapas, Mexico, by providing them with access to education. Our goal is to help break the cycle of poverty, build self-esteem, and create positive role models.

Results: In August of 2013, we will be welcoming 24 girls and women on scholarship. We are funding three full year children's programs to strengthen academic skills, develop creativity and foster environmental stewardship. We also fund an adult literacy program, now in its second year. We fund workshops, provide eye exams and glasses, toothbrushes and toothpaste. We have donated a laptop to each community. We have just completed our capital campaign which has enabled the cooperative to fulfill a dream of their own center and a legacy for their daughters. Our new composting toilet project is underway in 3 communities.

Target demographics: Indigenous women and children who live in poverty.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Approximately 155.

Geographic areas served: 12 communities in the highlands of Chiapas, Mexcio

Programs: Scholarships Zinacantan Saturday Children's Project Crucero Saturday Children's Project Altamirano adult literacy program Ocosingo Children's Project Eye exams and glasses Computers Eco-friendly composting latrines Twice a year toothbrushes and paste

Community Stories

90 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization uses every donated dollar better than any non-profit I know which is important to me when I consider donating to important causes.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The board works so hard that I know my donation dollars to Mujeres de Maiz will go further than at any other charity.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Mujeres de Maiz Opportunity Foundation was born in and of the hearts of just a few women from Sequim, WA, who saw a need in Chiapas, Mexico. These women do an incredible job, but that’s because their hearts are in it. They money they raise goes a long way because they know how to maximize it, and they know what is most important. They have improved the lives of not only the women and girls who they’ve assisted and educated, but also the lives of their families and their communities. The scholarships and training the organization provides are like pebbles dropped into the water—the ripple effect keeps on going. Girls who have gone thru schooling now help instruct others. Those who have received, gladly decide to give back. It is a continuous cycle of education, hope and caring. I whole-heartedly support this organization and what they do.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Mujeres de Maiz Opportunity Foundation is an amazing grassroots organization. When I donate money and time, I know it is going directly to educate young indigenous women on many levels. They are given opportunities they wouldn't normally have, and with their education they are also able to give back to their communities, encouraging others to further their education.
Also, when board members take trips to Chiapas (at their own expense), they transport much needed donated items (i.e. toothbrushes, eyeglass frames) to the communities they visit and are able to see the effects of the foundation's efforts firsthand.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been proud to be a board member of Mujeres de Maiz Opportunity Foundation since its inception. All of us on the board have traveled to Chiapas, Mexico at least once, where we have had the opportunity to connect with the women who are being empowered to further their education and share what they know with the other members of their communities. 91% of the money we have accumulated with our fundraising efforts goes directly to the women. Each time we visit Chiapas we are able to see the number of scholarship recipients growing and an increase in programs and educational opportunities that the women are initiating in their communities and with each other as a sewing cooperative.

Donor

Rating: 5

As a former teacher, I want to support a charity that is efficiently run and that empowers women and girls through education. Mujeres de Maiz is just such an organization. The board members all volunteer considerable time and energy on fundraisers in order to provide scholarships and educational programs for the women and children of Chiapas, Mexico. The foundation distributes an annual newsletter to supporters clearly depicting programs and services provided by the donations. Mujeres de Maiz is an excellent foundation and very worthy of support.

Donor

Rating: 5

I continue to be amazed by the work Mujeres de Maiz has done over time.
They currently have 21 girls & women on scholarship. Education is changing their lives & positively benefiting indigenous communities in Chiapas as the scholarship recipients share information & teach children. The boardmembers do not take salaries so all their fundraising goes for the benefit of the program.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been fortunate to have traveled to Chiapas to see the work of the foundation firsthand. I witnessed those that had received scholarships from Mujeres de Maiz and graduated from school, return to their community and are now teaching others. While I visited, a pediatrician from the US which had worked with Doctors Without Borders was teaching the woman about prenatal care and answering questions. The foundation continues to supply tooth brushes and teach dental hygiene. They also provide optometrist visits so those that may have never had the opportunity to get glasses can get them. The foundation has not only provided a path for individual growth, it has created an environment where students become the teachers and continue supporting their community.

Mujeres de Maiz Opportunity Foundation is also one of the few nonprofits that directs nearly all donations to the people it's meant for. Expense of running the foundation is kept to a minimum with none of the foundation members receiving salaries for their time and efforts.

I am fortunate and proud to have had the opportunity to experience firsthand what a wonderful organization Mujeres de Maiz is. I have and will continue to donate my time, money and resources to this foundation as it continues to support the education of others and uses the donations it receives to directly benefit the people it's intended for.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In December 2010 I had the pleasure of traveling to San Cristobal where I had a wonderful experience learning more about the work the Mujeres De Maiz Opportunity Foundation performs. The educational opportunities reach not only the local woman but the lessons learned are taken back to multiple states within Mexico. The outreach and focus to work with a culture and not change it was great to see. The foundation is truley there to support and educate. Mujeres De Maiz Opportunity Foundation might be a smaller organization but its ability to change so many lives it grand.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've attended fundraisers for Mujeres de Maiz, and have seen how hard the board members and other volunteers work. They listen carefully to the women with whom they work, and then partner with them to develop the programs that are most needed.
By funding scholarships for girls and women in rural Chiapas, Mujeres de Maiz is helping provide the tools for community development -- on the people's terms. The "scholarship girls" know best what their communities need, and when they are fortified with education, they are able to address those needs. So the scholarships benefit the whole society.

Margot H.

Donor

Rating: 5

A true ""local" success story that shows how much a few dedicated people can accomplish.
I look forward to the annual fund raising dinners and the inspiring reports and slides from their most recent trip to Chiapas.
I hope to become more involved in the future.
Margot Hewitt

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Donor

Rating: 4

Every year at the annual (delicious) fund raising dinner we hear success stories of girls and women in Chiapas who have continued their education thanks to help from Mujeres de Maiz.This is important because woman are more apt to return to their home village and educate and support other women.

Margot Hewitt

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The results of the work that happens from this organization has been astounding to see over the years. Several of the original scholarship recipients have gone on to university and have brought back their knowledge to the communities and have gone on to provide more education to their small communities. The seeds have been planted and have flourished due to our original support and the opportunities provided to the indigenous women. I LOVE supporting this organization!

Donor

Rating: 5

I can't think of a charitable organization where the donated dollar goes further. This group has funded so many indigenous women and girls through their education. These scholarships follow their recipients for as long as the women stay in school. This has been such a life changer in these communities. Perhaps best of all, the local peoples are asked what they would like help with, instead of having outsiders impose projects on the communities. I can't recommend this organization highly enough.

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Donor

Rating: 5

One of the qualities that I love the most about this organization is that they LISTEN. Instead of coming into a community and announcing what they will provide, they take the time to hear what is needed. What an enormous contribution they have made by listening and serving!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have just returned from Chiapas where Mujeres de Maiz Opportunity Foundation partners with indigenous Mayan women by providing educational opportunities to individuals and groups. Over the last decade plus, the women have taken advantage of the support our donors give them. Among the scholarship recipients one can find a university graduate in nursing, another in English, and a third in computers, as well as several younger girls who are just finishing elementary or middle school. The effect of the success of these women encourages other girls to pursue what, at one time, might have been a dream but now can become a reality for them. However, what our supporters don't get to experience first hand is the heartfelt gratitude the women and their families express in words and hugs and sometimes even tears to us fortunate enough to be able to meet with them every summer. Mujeres de Maiz OF is a frugal organization. Our donations go a long way in providing the women with a path to a better life for themselves, their family and their community. Mujeres de Maiz is a top charity to support if you value education and gender equality and if you continue to have hope that everyone's future deserves to be better.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Mujeres de Maiz OF continues to give opportunities to indigenous women and their families in Chiapas, Mexico, through education. We continue to help individuals by offering scholarships for secondary through university level work. In return several of the recipients give their time to the children of their communities by conducting Saturday schools. The children receive remedial help as well as enrichment activities. We are pleased that this year another community has joined in this project. One of the strengths of Mujeres de Maiz OF is letting the women in Chiapas decide what their needs are. Due to a solid group of supporters, we feel grateful that we have been able to see through completion all proposed projects as well as continue to fund ongoing scholarships and workshops. As a board member, I feel privileged to be able to visit the women at least once a year. I am awestruck by how confident and well-spoken the women have become. Change began as a hope and now change is an ongoing reality.

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Cathy V.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Mujeres de Maiz (women of corn) Opportunity Foundation for a number of years, beginning with a trip to Chiapas with the founder and board chairman, Judith Pasco, where we visited the programs supported by the foundation. I later joined the board of directors. Volunteers and supporters raise money to help pay for education for indigenous women and children in the poorest state in Mexico. I have seen how these women live, been to their homes and eaten with them, and I have seen what a difference education makes for them and for their families and communities. The ripple effect of education for women is impressive, and Mujeres helps make it happen in an efficient and cost-effective way.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

A Spanish teacher from Washington, while traveling in Mexico, saw a need and came home to begin the process that led to the Mujeres de Maiz Opportunity Foundation. Indigenous women and girls in Chiapas, the poorest state in Mexico, rarely continued their education beyond elementary school. Their talents, skills and confidence weren't given opportunities to grow and develop. Through the efforts of that teacher, the board members, volunteers and donors, scholarship students now continue in school, some through college, and also share their new skills and knowledge with their local communities. Educating girls and women pays off. I have seen this first hand when I traveled to Chiapas with Mujeres. This is a well-run organization with very low operating costs and high payoff.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mujeres de Maiz does more with the money they receive than any other non-profit we donate to.
They have an all-volunteer board and exceptional community support. As a non-profit working in Chiapas, Mexico, Mujeres does not decide what to fund. The women of the weaving cooperatives decide what their needs are. Mujeres de Maiz has funded education for women and children, helped in procuring a permanent building designed by the women for workshops and meetings, provided eyeglasses, helped with a latrine building project and much more. One of the rewarding things that has happened is that some of the “girls” who were provided scholarships have returned and are working to support the programs. The participants decided they needed to help in developing and instructing a children’s program. The programs continue to grow for a population that is often neglected in their own country. I am proud to be a volunteer and donor of Mujeres de Maiz.

Martha23

Donor

Rating: 5

After 11 years, Mujeres de Maiz continues to change lives of, not only indigenous women, but entire families and communities in San Cristobal Chiapas, one of the poorest countries in Mexico. Providing scholarships to continue education after 5th grade is life changing. As the young women have continued their education, they have started children's programs in their own communities. I am thrilled to know the impact that my donations make.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Mujeres de Maiz is an organization that not only changes lives it speaks to the soul of those on both the receiving side and the giving side and you wonder who's really giving and who's really receiving. I have been involved with Mujeres since it's inception and friends with Judith Pasco even longer. I have been down to San Cristobal several times and have experienced the beauty, the poverty, the injustices and the dedication the young women in the cooperative have to better themselves. The day we took them for eye exams, and most were fitted with new glasses, was literally eye-opening for them and humbling for us. It was a day filled with giggles! You donations will be honored and well invested in helping to change lives of these remarkable indiginis women with compassion respect. If you haven't already, I encourage you to read "Somewhere for my Soul to Go" by Judith Pasco, then you'll get it.

cblaze

Donor

Rating: 5

Mujeres de Maiz gives people hope and fosters the determination needed to plan for a future. Many of these women never anticipated a better life for themselves and/or their children. It is such a heart warming experience knowing that Mujeres de Maiz provides education and a attainable goals for these families. My life is enriched by associating with the board and Judith Pasco. What an inspiration!

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Mujeres de Maiz has improved the lives of so many women and girls. They now have hopes and dreams that will become a reality. As they strive to attain their educational goals, they are role models and tutors for the younger generation. Entire communities can begin to sustain themselves. The ripple effect brings promise and fuels the desire to reach for a better life.

It is my pleasure to support this fabulous foundation; it truly Makes A Difference in all the lives it touches.

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puzzlejan

Donor

Rating: 5

I continue to donate to this organization because they have a proven record of making a difference in the lives of indigenous women in Chiapas, Mexico. They have provided opportunities for women to access education, and their program includes provision for recipients to pass on what they learn to other members of their community. They have built a program designed to meet specific needs identified by the women of the community, and they have built a local leadership base. The work of this foundation is a good model for other programs.

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Donor

Rating: 5

As a retired social worker, I recognize the qualities of an effective organization, and Mujeres de Maiz Opportunity Foundation provides assistance in an effective and empowering manner. The organization focuses on needs identified by the women they serve, and these women are involved in the design and review of these services. Women in the community receive support in attaining their education, and then they are expected to provide assistance to others through teaching Saturday school, through leading workshops, and through participation in community events. The wholistic programs serve the academic needs of the scholarship recipients, the physical needs by funding eye glasses, the social needs by providing community events and a community center, and the wellness needs by funding eco-friendly latrines.

Donor

Rating: 5

Judith Pasco, a Spanish teacher, founded Mujeres de Maiz 11 years ago to help impoverished, undereducated women in Chiapas, Mexico. This local charitable organization has grown over the years, providing scholarships for education, offering literacy classes, reading glasses, computers and classes in using them, and training local women to do most of the teaching and now managing the ongoing daily work of the organization. ALL of the money raised by Mujeres de Maiz goes to the work in Mexico, as the founder and board in the U.S. have always worked as volunteers.
I have given to many different non-profits over the years, but this is the most worthy of them all, in my opinion. These devoted women have truly made a positive difference in the lives of rural girls & women in Chiapas, Mexico, empowering them to make a lasting difference in their communities.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

For many years now, my sister has been involved with Mujeres. We have talked often of her experiences--visiting Chiapas, local fundraising efforts, her Board responsibilities. Clearly, the Mujeres programs in Chiapas have a profoundly positive impact on that community. When my sister asked me last year if I would volunteer to keep the books for the organization, I enthusiastically agreed. I am proud to do my part to support the dedicated people that run this organization, all the volunteers, the donors, and especially the women of Chiapas that benefit so greatly from Mujeres.

Board Member

Rating: 5

It's impressive to see how many of the girls and young women have grown in confidence and maturity having participated in the programs sponsored by Mujeres de Maiz Opportunity Foundation. Some of the most shy, timid girls have gone on to lead educational projects in their own communities.

It makes me proud to be a part of this worthwhile organization.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am continually impressed by the results of this small nonprofit organization. They have a very specific focus: educate and empower indigenous women who have been traditionally discriminated against in the Mexican culture. With the education they've received through scholarships, many have advanced in ways they could not have imagined.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I år var jeg i Chiapas og så med egne øjne nogle af de projekter, som Mujeres de Maíz har startet der. Det var en stor oplevelse at konstatere, at projekterne ikke blot hjælper de mennesker, der er involveret, men også griber om sig og sætter ny ting i værk. Samtidig er det også vigtigt at se, hvordan projekterne er integreret som en naturlig del af og fortsættelse af pigernes og kvindernes liv. De får ikke en amerikansk uddannelse, men lærer at hjælpe sig selv og andre med den uddannelse, som de har valgt i det mexikanske system. Desuden var det for mig vigtigt at se hvor uselvisk og effektivt de frivillige amerikanere fungerer i den mexikanske verden.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I gør et fantastisk stykke arbejde som er helt uselvisk og som giver mening for den enkelte person som får glæde af jeres støtte og som samtidig er inspiration for andre til at følge op på jeres indsats.