100 Women Who Care meets at Rosewood

By Susan Page

100 Women Who Care will hold its fourth meeting on October 21. This remarkable, relatively new organization has already raised more than 100,000 pesos for San Miguel nonprofit organizations that serve poor communities around San Miguel. We have helped to provide scholarships for high school students, free day care for the children of working mothers, and purified water for rural communities previously drinking contaminated water. And we are just getting started!

100 Women Who Care
Mon, Oct 21
3:30pm mix and mingle
4:30pm sign in
5pm meeting begins
Rosewood Hotel
Nemesio Diez 11
All women are welcome.
You may visit, or join at this meeting.

Does our work require a large Board of Directors, an expensive staff, costly administrative expenses? None of that! Raising this money could not be simpler. Here is how it works: We meet four times a year for one hour each time. At each meeting, several nonprofit organizations are nominated. Three are drawn out of a hat. We hear a short presentation on each of the three, and then we vote. Each woman (or team of women) has pledged to donate 1,000 pesos to the winning organization. When we achieve our goal of 100 women, we will raise 100,000 pesos for one of San Miguel’s hard-working nonprofits, offering this to a different nonprofit four times each year.

To join this heartwarming group of women, all you have to do is show up at a meeting, sign a pledge agreement, and then attend every meeting if you are in town. If you cannot attend a meeting, you must leave your donation before the meeting at any La Conexión location addressed to Susan Page, Box 549.

You may join as an individual, pledging 1,000 pesos four times a year. Or, you may form a team of friends (up to four total) who together pledge this amount. One team member must be responsible for assembling the team’s 1,000-peso donation for each meeting. When it comes to voting for the winning nonprofit each time, there is one vote per 1,000- peso donation, so each team must first agree and then cast only one vote.

CATIS was selected in July

At our July meeting this past summer, the winning organization that received our donation was CATIS, The Center for Appropriate Technology and Indigenous Sustainability. They have developed an inexpensive, highly effective ceramic water filter that they are making available to families in rural communities whose water is heavily contaminated with fluoride, arsenic and bacteria. These water filters are manufactured by CATIS using environmentally sustainable, low-impact methods and are distributed cost-free to families and schools, along with education about the importance of their use. According to CATIS Executive Director, Dylan Terrell, 100 Women Who Care’s donation enabled CATIS to distribute 150 of these water filters, instead of the 30 they had planned for their first phase! Safe drinking water from these filters is 100 times less expensive for a family than bottled water in large garrafóns would be.

CATIS also encourages schools and families to use rainwater catchment systems. They found that some schools that had rainwater cisterns were not using them for drinking water. So they also provide educational meetings and workshops for schools as well as enough filter systems for their cisterns to provide a bacteria/pathogen/arsenic/fluoride-free source of potable water for the students and faculty. According to Dylan, “All of the testing on our filters, both in-house and by third parties like independent labs in Mexico and universities like Columbia in the US, have shown that our filters consistently reduce bacteria to the “No Detect” level, regardless of how contaminated the input water is. And they do this at a tiny fraction of the cost of bottled water.” For more information about CATIS’s extensive programs, visit their website at www.catis-Mexico.org.

Meeting October 21

We invite all women who care to attend the meeting on October 21 at the Rosewood Hotel. We are grateful to the Rosewood for their admirable community spirit in donating the space for our meeting. You are invited to arrive at 3:30pm for no-host cocktails and a chance to mix and mingle. Joining (for new members) and signing in with your donation begins at 4:30pm. The meeting will begin promptly at 5pm and will end by 6pm.

Reminders: If you are a member of a team, please designate one team leader who will be responsible for assembling and presenting your team’s donation. If you have signed a pledge and you cannot be at the meeting, you must drop off your donation in a sealed envelope before the meeting at any La Conexión location, addressed to Susan Page, Box 549. We cannot be responsible for getting your donation to the winning organization after the meeting.

100 Women Who Care has chapters in several US cities. Jody Feagan founded the San Miguel Chapter by assembling a Steering Committee of Kathy Devine, Alice Garcia, Marty Kimmel and Susan Page. For more information and for the form you need to nominate an organization, visit our website at www.100womenwhocareSMA.com.


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