We are an educational and humanitarian relief nonprofit that focuses on prevention, provision, and action. We believe in sharing tools with our underserved Mexican neighbors through our local partners. We believe in creating bridges of opportunity, growth, and development through education and love. Ama sin fronteras (love without borders).
Currently, we have monthly sponsors which help us run the program as well as child sponsors for 7 children we support. Our model is both casework and an overarching program of sustainability. We just shipped 10 computers which will provide a space for the children to obtain computer literacy and experiences they would never have given their current economic status.
We are constantly researching grants, profit sharing, fundraising, and developmental opportunities. The people we serve are extremely poor. Think no electricity, no running water. However, to prevent toxic charity we are developing programs to create accountability and an extremely small fee to use some of the facility programs. We understand that empowerment and personal responsibility are essential to breaking cycles of poverty. Our biggest challenge as a local nonprofit which supports programs in Mexico is finding foundations that donate to our niche of international programming. Often, they are restrictive to the local community only. Which begs the question, who will help our neighbors to the south?
On November 30th a team of 10 American volunteers will head to Mexico and will spend 5 days serving in the town of Santa Marina Xadani, Oaxaca in southern Mexico near the Guatemalan border. The team will be camping on government property and will use the time there to work through Ama’s areas of focus: PREVENTION, PROVISION, & ACTION.
Our goal is to bring education to a population that is extremely poor and indigenous. We hope to respectfully open up opportunities for learning and growth through some of the community services we will provide while there. In this area of Mexico, there are many practices and social norms that hurt women and children. Education is a powerful tool in breaking those cycles as well as promoting literacy. We are partnering with a local pastor, judge, and municipality on this project. While they have no way to help us fund the project, they are protecting us while there, facilitating the project, and are excited to manage the library once we leave. We are desperately needing funding to complete the library project. A portion of the Bibles and other Christian literature transported into Mexico will have a home in this library, along with other educational books we’ve purchased or have been donated.
Health and Wellness
Education: Women and children are at a high-risk for domestic violence, incest, rape, and male dominance in this region. One of our goals is to provide education for these women and children that will empower them and help prevent further attacks.
Medical Care: Our medical team of a doctor, physician’s assistant, and two nurses will set up a “pop up” medical clinic to provide much-needed health care with a full pharmacy. Each individual will be given instructions on safety and preventative health practices.
Dental Care: Our dental team of three dentists and an oral surgeon will provide emergency dental relief services to those in need and distribute the over 4,000 toothbrushes which were donated to Ama.
Community Bathroom/Shower: Our goal is to install a public bathroom shower facility for our partners to operate when we leave. The displaced individuals in this area have been living in make-shift housing for the past two years without access to adequate bathrooms. By building this facility we will offer this group of vulnerable people dignity.
Micro-business Classes: We will be bringing several small business owners with us on the trip to run training workshops for the women in the town. This will serve as a means for them to find identity, independence, and empowerment in a male-dominant society. Teaching skills like sewing/repurposing, artisan pastries and cakes, facials/pedicures, and how to create a business plan.
Children’s Outreach: We will offer a day of fun and excitement for the children in the town. We have a small team of clowns coming with us to make this day extra special for the children. This will serve as a tool to reach the parents and implore them to get connected with the library. During this event, we will giveaway several humanitarian supplies raised in the last year.
It’s important you know this is not a one-off trip to this region. We have partners who will stay there and we intend on staying engaged and connected in this community.
We are an educational and humanitarian relief nonprofit that focuses on prevention, provision, and action. We believe in sharing tools with our underserved Mexican neighbors through our local partners. We believe in creating bridges of opportunity, growth, and development through education and love. Ama sin fronteras (love without borders). We are faith-inspired but are registered as a public charity 501c3. Recently, we transported $45,000 worth of donated brand new Bibles and Christian literature, donated by CRI Ministries, into Mexico through a local (Grand Rapids) and international (Reynosa, Guadalajara) effort. We will be bringing Bibles to Oaxaca to distribute them while there.
$25 provides meals for a local volunteer for a week (goal $2000)
$50 will help us reach our goal of $1000 to build a restroom/shower facility for the displaced individuals to use
$75 will allow us to purchase much-needed antibiotics and topical creams to use in our medical clinics (goal $2500)
To contribute: Mail a check to Ama Intenational Inc to 7449 Bronco Dr SE Caledonia, MI 49316 or select any of the options below. All donations are needed by November 28th. Thank you!