In the distant shadow of an active volcano, in a small village where
dogs and chickens run free, sits the home of Project Amigo. Each
year, about 170 volunteers from the US and Canada descend on
Cofradia de Suchitlan to help provide much-needed services and
encouragement to the poor children of the region. "What an
overwhelming experience," said Eileen Factor, a volunteer from
Long Beach, CA. "I got so much more out of helping those kids
than they ever got from me! I can't wait to come back again, and
again and again."
Project Amigo is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to
enable poor children of the State of Colima, Mexico to achieve
their highest potential. It achieves its mission by providing the
children educational opportunities, material support, enrichment
activities and medical and dental services otherwise not
available to them.
"It was a wonderful way to spend my vacation," said Bart Woods
from Cedar Rapids, IA. "I was able to do so much for the children
and at the same time, be treated like a much-valued guest.
My definition of 'vacation' has changed forever. I can't
wait to bring my family back with me."
Project Amigo facilitates partnerships between North American
and Mexican Rotary Clubs, as well as between individuals from the
US, Canada and Mexico, to sponsor projects that benefit the
children and their families. These projects have included
building Colonia Rotaria (low-cost housing for poor families),
and the installation of libraries and computer labs in children's
group homes and poor rural schools. Many of the projects depend
on the hands-on labor of volunteers from the United States and
Canada. They also depend on skills as simple as reading to
children and providing nurturing support to vulnerable youth
whose lives have been rife with abuse and neglect.
"When we arrived, I was surprised by how nice the facilities
were. Everything was first-rate. The food was out of this world.
I loved the charm and ambience of the little community. Everyone
was so friendly and welcoming. But most of all, the faces of the
children we helped are indelibly etched in my mind. I'll never
forget them," said Bruce Powell from Utah.
For information on how you can change lives forever with your
donation or by volunteering, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or
visit the website at www.projectamigo.org.
We look forward to hearing from you soon -- or better still,
to seeing you soon.
Baja Bound is proud to be working with Project Amigo as the
insurance provider for their vehicles and recently sponsored two
children from Cofradia de Suchitlan, Colima. Our sponsorship
money is being used to create better educational opportunities so
these children will have a more successful future.
Updated: Feb 10, 2011 10:42 AM