Project Amigo is a nonprofit based in Colima, Mexico whose mission is to enable local children living in poverty to achieve their highest potential.
In 1984 a native Californian named Ted Rose took the wrong bus on his way back from a hike to the Volcán de Colima, an active volcano located in the Mexican state of Colima. He found himself in a small poverty-stricken village called Cofradía de Suchitlàn. His experience with the local children moved him and two years later, he returned with his wife Susan and established the beginnings of what is today Project Amigo.
Project Amigo provides a range of services for the community in and around Cofradía. These include the following:
- Annual children’s programs, in conjunction with the Colima Rotary club, including a Christmas Fiesta and a day at the beach, where they take children who live within a few miles of the ocean but have never seen the beach on an activity-filled day by the sea.
- Scholarships for junior high and high school, as education after grade school is not free in Mexico.
- University scholarships and a boarding home near the university for scholarship recipients.
- Volunteer work weeks that provide services and supplies for tackling specific issues such as literacy, hearing, dentistry and vision. (see video below)
To find out more about how you can join Project Amigo in providing life-changing opportunities for young people and their communities, including donation and volunteer opportunities, click here.