From the President

July 2021

We often quote Kofi Annan who famously said, “To educate girls is to reduce poverty.”

Current UN Secretary General António Guterres has gone much further: “There is no development tool more effective than education of girls.” That is because educated women have fewer children, improve the economic status of their families, and become better stewards of the world’s natural resources.

This has been a rollercoaster year for all of us. Nevertheless, we have continued to assist 157 deserving girls and young women in our program. Many had virtually no classroom time in the past 16 months. The infrastructure for virtual learning in many of the villages we support is abysmal. Too many girls have no internet connection at home. Some are sharing devices to learn online. It will require much effort to recoup the loss of educational instruction during this time. We are confident our girls are up to the challenge.

Our mission remains singular and focused: We empower girls and young women with educational scholarship assistance. The funds we collect from you go directly toward educating girls from poor rural villages around San Miguel de Allende. Too many girls with great potential see their dreams crushed because their families cannot afford to pay the extra schooling costs. Your support through Mujeres en Cambio is often their only hope.  

We are proud to share with you what experts from the Lacewing Foundation say about our work: “For an all-volunteer organization, you do an exemplary job supporting these young women. Lacewing is happy to be able to help you in your work.” Lacewing has supported Mujeres en Cambio with generous grants since 2008. 

We need your financial help so our girls can realize their educational dreams. We are asking you again to dig deep and help us continue this important mission. Please donate generously so we can get our students firmly back on their educational journeys. Thank you!

Donald Caldwell, President

Pakina Fernandez, Founder and Don Caldwell, President at the May 2021 beca distribution at the Instituto Allende

We are proud to share with you what experts from the Lacewing Foundation say about our work:

For an all-volunteer organization, you do an exemplary job supporting these young women. Lacewing is happy to be able to help you in your work.

Lacewing has supported Mujeres en Cambio with generous grants since 2008.

Success Stories

Maria Guadalupe

Neither of Maria Guadalupe’s parents have more than an elementary school education, but she completed high school with Mujeres en Cambio in 2012. She successfully completed undergraduate university on her own, but came back to MeC in 2018 for help when she wanted to pursue a masters in Organization Development. She has excelled in her studies and is now in her final stages of receiving her titulo. 

Ana Patricia

Ana Patricia comes from a family of 15 children with a long Mujeres en Cambio history – 5 of her sisters have studied with us. As with many other students, she took some time after prepa to make some money before university. When she was ready, our class was full and her past grades were not stellar so we said we could not help. Undaunted, she found a way to enroll without our assistance to prove herself and in her first semester her 10.0 GPA proved to us that she warranted our support.

Erika Paloma

Erika Paloma is from Banda, one of San Miguel’s poorer villages. She is 13 years old and in 8th grade. Her father is a farmer, her mother a maid. Erika is interested in studying natural sciences. She represents the class of 2024 and another Mujeres en Cambio scholarship recipient who is the future of Mexico. 

Recurring (Sustained) Donation

Budget for a regular monthly charitable donation, and your giving will become so much more intentional—and more consistent.

“As the name suggests, sustained giving is designed to ‘sustain’ the mission over time.” Sally Heaven, np Engage

The recurring monthly donation model allows you, the donor, to decide to give money throughout the year without having to go to a donation form online and give again. So, subscribe to a dollar amount. As a budgetary element, Mujeres en Cambio can now count on $50 a month for the next twelve months from you!

Give a One-Time Gift

A financial donation in any amount will help Mujeres en Cambio reach their annual goal of raising $90,000 USD for the beca (scholarship) fund.

One Year of Junior High & High School

A $300 USD donation will educate a young girl for one year in either junior high or high school.

One Year in University

A $1,200 USD donation will educate a young woman for one year in university.

Give Online

Your $100 monthly donation keeps a girl in university for one year!

By Check

US Dollar Check
Please write your check to
Mujeres en Cambio and mail to:

Mujeres en Cambio
220 N. Zapata Hwy, #11
PMB 646B
Laredo, TX 78043 USA

or

Mujeres en Cambio
La Conexión, Aldama #3
PMB 646B
San Miguel de Allende, GTO  37700 MEXICO

A receipt for a US tax deduction will be sent to you.

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14-2530 Sixth Line
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