DIF’s Second Report of Activities
By Antonio De Jesús Aguado
Karla Ramírez, president of the municipal DIF (Family’s Integral Development Department), presented her second report of activities where she highlighted the credibility and confidence that the system has generated for those most vulnerable in town. Ramírez started her speech remembering the political campaigns when she was working in rural communities with her husband (mayor Mauricio Trejo) and she realized that the communities had so many needs; so she started to get involved in the DIF duties and explore how she could help sanmiguelenses after winning the election. “I fell in love with the DIF before being the president,” she said. Ramírez confirmed that 165 days of this year have been designated to visiting communities in extreme poverty, where the DIF gave larders, blankets, sweaters, toys for the children, and also hemodialysis.
This year, she reported, the DIF system kept providing milk to children’s and old age homes. She also remarked that all those children who benefited from surgery from Kids First were rehabilitated in the facilities of the DIF, at no cost.
With the help of the Group of Voluntary Women of that institution, Ramírez organized a fashion show with clothing of local designers. From that event they got enough financial resources to improve children’s play grounds in rural schools, and there was money to build a classroom for the kindergarten of Presita de Santa Rosa. This year, the DIF organized a luncheon for more than 300 moms to celebrate Mother’s Day, “because they are those who encourage their children to follow their dreams and be better people,” said Ramírez.
This year the DIF gave more than two thousand larders to different rural communities, and in the urban area, the system also distributed consumables in 47 communities to feed more than 3,000 students daily. To support education, 1,187 scholarships were awarded. In the winter time, Ramírez personally donated 8,500 blankets.
The president thanked sanmiguelenses for trusting the municipal DIF, which had had a bad reputation, but now that has changed, and consequently, more sanmiguelenses attend to find help and solve some of their problems. “We always say yes, we can help you, even before listening to their problems. We never say “no,” remarked Karla Ramírez. In the end, she thanked her daughters for sharing their mom with San Miguel’s people, young and old.