Popular Educational Programs at La Biblioteca Funded In Part by Local and International Donors
By Katelin Cannon
Due to the generosity of local and international donors, La Biblioteca’s most popular community programs continue to offer children a safe place to foster their creativity, learn new life skills, and connect with peers and volunteers alike.
Programs such as Painting, Computer classes, Guitar, Arts & Crafts, English classes, Science Club, Math, and Literacy Appreciation are offered to local children free-of-charge, funded in large part by donations small and large made directly to La Biblioteca or through Amistad Canada. These tax-deductible donations are essential to keeping these programs free and accessible to all community children, many of whom travel great distances each day to attend.
Donors to these programs include many Canadians, Americans, and Mexicans, as well as individuals from around the world who recognize the importance of such community education services.Donations to Biblioteca educational programs range from $25 USD to $1000, and are vital to the longevity of such programs.
Many donors support La Biblioteca in person or on the website www.bibliotecasma.com, but altruistic Canadians are more frequently using Amistad Canada to direct funding to La Biblioteca and other charitable causes in San Miguel de Allende. Amistad Canada is a fully registered charity under Canada’s Income Tax Act that mobilizes donor-funded projects specifically in Mexico where, according to the Amistad website, “social services that Canadians take for granted are often unavailable.”
Without this support, programs Painting, Computer classes, Guitar, Arts & Crafts, English classes, Science Club, Math, and Literacy Appreciation would not be funded sufficiently to remain free-of-charge to local children, and the neediest would not be able to attend.
Amistad Canada President Jaci Winters knows how important such programs are to the community: she has worked with Amistad to fund various local charities like La Biblioteca since she first visited San Miguel in 2005.Says Winters, “The number of Canadians donating to La Biblioteca to support scholarships, educational classes, and Spanish library books has grown over three years and continues to play a crucial role in funding these programs and resources. Nearly 60,000 pesos have been contributed to these causes in the past three years by Canadians through Amistad.”
Easy, quick, and secure donations can be made through www.canadahelps.org (search “Amistad Canada”), a site which immediately sends tax receipts after a donation is made. Donors may also mail checks to Amistad Canada, designating La Biblioteca’s educational programs as recipient:
c/o The Tax Management Centre
14-2530 Sixth Line
Oakville, Ontario L6H 6W5
According to Winters, “Most donors visit San Miguel regularly, use the library services, and truly see the benefit of supporting Biblioteca programs. It is due to their generosity that so many local children have access to such potentially life-changing programs.”