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CASA Rural Library dedicated to Mel Kliman

By Cassie Brandes

On February 20, the Centro para los Adolescentes de San Miguel de Allende (CASA) joined with the charity organization Amistad Canada in the dedication of the Mel Kliman Rural Library in the community La Regalada. Local children, mothers, members of Amistad Canada and CASA staff gathered at the rural library in a touching ceremony honoring the people who made its existence possible.

Specifically, a plaque was placed near the entrance, which dedicated the library to Amistad Canada’s Mel Kliman, a former president and an integral component in the establishment of the charity and realization of its various projects. This particular project helps spread literacy in communities where books and other learning materials are fiercely needed. The library at La Regalada is one of CASA’s 13 completed rural libraries that has provided hundreds of children with learning opportunities since 2012.

This event is only one of many since the local nonprofit organization, which benefits community youth, and a group of volunteers from Toronto, Canada, began collaborating more than 20 years ago. This group paved the way to the establishment of the official NGO partnership between Amistad Canada and CASA in 2010, when their first formal joint project commenced.

The relationship between these two groups has been highly beneficial for all involved, as CASA receives needed funds from Canadian donors to continue its important work in San Miguel and surrounding communities, while Canadians, through Amistad, may obtain Canadian Income Tax Receipts for their generosity. Amistad Canada currently funds two rural libraries, including that of La Regalada and its first library in another community, called Rancho Viejo.

If you are a Canadian donor interested in supporting one of Amistad Canada’s projects with CASA, you can receive a Canadian Income Tax Receipt. Contact Nina Weber, at with any questions.


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