Mission: 1) To enable the poor children of Colima, Mexico, to achieve their highest potential by providing educational opportunities, material support, enrichment activities and medical and dental services.
2) To provide opportunities for volunteers from developed countries to help and become friends with disadvantaged children in Mexico.
3) To foster friendship and understanding between children and adults from developed countries and their peers in Colima, Mexico.
Results: 34 college graduates; more than a thousand children and youth enabled to progress through primary, secondary and high school education; hundreds of children each year receive free dental and vision screening and treatment.
Target demographics: children and youth continue their schooling
Direct beneficiaries per year: more than 400 children and youth stay in school and progress toward their dreams of a better life.
Geographic areas served: West-central Mexico
Programs: incentive programs for more than 300 K - 6 children and scholarship support for more than 110 students a year, including at the college level. We also host on-site volunteer Work Weeks in west-central Mexico that change the lives of both our Mexican youth and the volunteers who visit from elsewhere.
I became involved with Project Amigo in 2005 with my first visit. I was so impressed with what I observed. You could see what Project Amigo accomplished with the children. We visited a migrant labor camp (who knew there were migrant laborers in Mexico) where Project Amigo had built a school and provided the teacher. What a difference in these kids lives. We also provided books to schools and even a "book of ones own" to school children--something that had been out of their reach. It's been ten years since my first visit and I go back every year to see how my donations get to the children that need them.