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Project Amigo


Project Amigo 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 susan@projectamigo.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.

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