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100 Women Who Care SMA Awards 52,000 pesos to Casa Hogar

By Lee Bellavancde

In its fourth round of funding since forming a year ago, 100 Women Who Care awarded their pooled donations of 52,000 pesos to Casa Hogar Santa Julia Don Bosco during a meeting at the Rosewood Hotel Monday afternoon, October 21.

Immediately after the announcement that the orphanage had been selected, Casa Hogar Operations Manager Barbara Rueda said, “It means so much that we will be able to feed our girls for four months.” The Dominican Sisters of Mary, who run this home for girls who are orphaned or cannot live at home, are not government funded and rely on donors and volunteers to provide both long- and short-term help, including schooling from kindergarten to university.

Other award recipients have been Mujeres en Cambio (37,000 pesos), Casa de Los Ángeles (51,900 pesos), and CATIS (49,900 pesos) for a grand total of 190,800 pesos distributed as of Monday to local nonprofit organizations to help fund specific projects in the community.

A dozen nonprofits were nominated for funding in this round. The names of three nominees were pulled from a hat and representatives from the charities, CASA and San Miguel Angels for Education as well as CASA Hogar, presented information about their projects. Then the 100 Women Who Care group voted to support Casa Hogar.

The 100 Women concept first started in Michigan in 2006 but has quickly grown to include groups around the world. When part-time local Jody Feagan decided to start one here she enlisted the aid of Kathleen Devine, Marty Kimmel, Susan Page, and Alice Garcia. Soon the group started funding local charities.

A highlight of Monday’s meeting was the report from the previous quarter’s grant recipient: The Center for Appropriate Technology and Indigenous Sustainability, CATIS. Sixty ceramic water filtration systems were installed in two San Miguel area neighborhoods with the funds provided by 100 Women Who Care at its last meeting in July, according to CATIS Executive Director Dylan Terrell.

An appealing feature of the program for many donors is that 100 percent of the donation goes to the charity. The donation has an immediate, direct and positive effect. Participant Alexis Hercules commented, “I just think it’s wonderful. The whole concept is great.”

Women may join individually or in teams of up to four members with each individual or group pledging to donate 1,000 pesos each quarter. But what is exciting is what happens next: individuals or teams then nominate local nonprofits for the funding. Some participants even engage in low-key lobbying during the group’s meet-and-mingle hour before the one-hour business session begins.

The process, according to Rueba, is very efficient. “We love it. It’s fast and it’s to the point,” she explained.

The next meeting for 100 Women Who Care San Miguel is slated for January 13, 2014, once again at the Rosewood Hotel, which has generously donated the space for the meetings as well as the no-host cocktail party before the meeting begins. The group’s goal is to raise 100,000 pesos each meeting, four times a year, so consider joining this heartwarming group at the next January 13 meeting. For more information, visit the web site:


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