Amistad is a registered nonprofit organization in Canada whose mission it is to improve the lives of Mexicans in need through better health, education and social justice. It is an all-volunteer organization (same as Mujeres en Cambio) consisting of Canadians who spend time in Mexico.
Amistad Canada provides Canadians with a charitable framework within which they can more effectively lend a hand to those in need. To that end, Amistad Canada undertakes projects with local community-based partners to address and help close gaps in services.
In early 2019 Mujeres en Cambio was invited to submit a project to Amistad Canada. In April Mujeres en Cambio proposed Empowerment through Education, which would result in raising funds from Canadians to provide scholarships to educate 28 of our Jr/Sr high school students and 10 of our university students for a year. Approximately $25,000 CAD.
We were very fortunate to have been selected as an Amistad Canada partner organization in June, and on July 1, 2019, (Canada Day) we began our relationship with Amistad. MeC Board Member Stephen Bresolin from Ottawa, Canada is our Amistad Project Chair.
We will be undertaking a number of fundraising activities aimed at building on-going support for Mujeres en Cambio and building relationships with local Canadians who live either full or part-time in San Miguel de Allende. As well, we will be developing support from Canadians who live in Canada but want to support our scholarship program in Mexico.
So, if you are reading this and you are a Canadian anywhere in the world, you can make a donation and receive a tax related receipt by visiting Amistad Canada.
Please be sure to specify Mujeres en Cambio as your donation recipient.
We thank you in advance for your support!
Lacewing Foundation is an international non-profit organization dedicated to improving health and education for women and children.
Lacewing believes that good health and education are basic necessities crucial to creating positive change in the world.
Who We Are
Lacewing Foundation began in 2004 with the goal of identifying tools we could offer to women and children to help them improve their lives. We strive to help women around the world to be safe and healthy and to be able to feed their children. We further seek to provide children and their families with quality education, nutritious food and safe water.
Lacewing Foundation believes that meaningful change can take place when people are provided with the right tools and opportunities.
WHY “LACEWING” FOUNDATION?
We often get the question,” What is a Lacewing?” Green lacewings are small, net-winged insects that are found all over the world. They are desirable because of their extreme ability to eliminate harmful insects from gardens and fields. Lacewings feed on both plants and animals. They are also very effective pollinators. We were very attracted by their ability to help gardens of all kinds grow and thrive. Their lacy wings are beautiful and very feminine as well. Hence, Lacewing Foundation.
We are proud to share some of the many wonderful outcomes of our current projects. We support several scholarship and curriculum programs in Nicaragua, Mexico, Tanzania, and Cambodia. We also support healthcare projects through clinics, surgical centers and shelters globally.
THE COVID 19 EFFECT
Year 2020 was a very difficult one for all our grantees. Just as this year was a tough one for most people around the globe. They have lost government funding. They have lost donor funding. Some had to move their students back to their parents’ homes until such time as they could come back to school safely. Many had fewer students, and fewer teachers. Some children had no source of replacement food that was normally provided by school breakfast and lunch programs. Many people became even more trapped in slavery, not able to reach out for help. Their futures all seemed unstable.
Gratefully, the human spirit rises to the occasion. The children were able get back to school.
The doctors kept doing surgeries. Babies are being born to women who understand the process of pregnancy and delivery. Young men are graduating from high school. Young women are looking forward to the possibility of attending university.
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of SMA
“Mujeres en Cambio are to be congratulated for all the great work you continue to do for the betterment of our community.”
of San Miguel de Allende
Rug Hook Project
In the small village of Agustin Gonzales located in the central Mexican highlands near San Miguel de Allende, 15 women spend what little free time they have hooking rugs. You will find them working late at night by kitchen tables after children are asleep or perhaps you will see them sitting under a tree in the hillside tending the cows and working on their rugs. Their subject matter is the life around them, mountains, cactus, cows, horses, burros, flowers, a small house, a church, ducks, rabbits, chickens, roosters or fish.
The people of the area are subsistence farmers who grow corn, beans and squash. Each art piece is entirely unique as is the skill of rug hooking in Mexico.
The project was begun in 1996 by Mujeres en Cambio. The primary purpose of Mujeres now is fundraising to provide scholarships for girls living in rural communities. Many of the women’s daughters have been recipients of these scholarships.
The proceeds from selling these art pieces help with paying for additional food, children’s schooling, doctor visits and other family needs.
Many of the women are the sole support of their families.