100 Women Who Care Funds Libros sin Fronteras
By Lee Bellavance
“We are thrilled to receive the funding!” Linda Carol Curran of the San Miguel non-profit Libros sin Fronteras exclaimed when 100 Women Who Care voted to award the group 62,100 pesos to fund literary projects.
The three main objectives of Libros sin Fronteras (www.librosparaninos.org) are to establish libraries in schools, to teach English, and to help train and support teachers. The organization runs a school that provides English instruction in Colonia Guadalupe, trains interns in a multi-sensorial teaching approach, and provides books to students in rural areas.
In their presentation to the group, Aurora Trujillo Lopez and Linda Carol Curran spoke of the need for the accessibility of books of various genres in the classrooms of the schools in the outlying areas of San Miguel. “We are working on diversity, currency, and organization of book delivery,” Curran explained. Libros sin Fronteras needs a vehicle to distribute books. They plan to create a mobile library. It is for this project that they will use the funds awarded to them at the July 27 meeting of 100 Women Who Care.
Although they operate locally, 100 Women Who Care in San Miguel is one of 350 chapters world-wide in the 100 Women Who Care Alliance. Started only a few years ago by American Karen Dunigan, it has spread around the world because the concept is simple and effective. Part-time resident and steering committee member Jody Feagan brought it to San Miguel.
In San Miguel, women pledge 1,000 pesos quarterly, either individually or in teams. Any member may nominate a non-profit group to be awarded the money. The list of nominees is put in a hat at each meeting, and three finalist non-profits are drawn. After listening to a report from the previous meeting’s winner, a representative of each of the three finalists makes a pitch for their group.
Ballots are then filled in, collected, and tabulated. Within an hour of the meeting’s convening, the winning organization leaves with cash in hand. There is no more red tape for them except for the five-minute report due in three months.
Women interested in joining are invited to attend the next meeting, or to visit the organization’s website at www.100womenwhocaresma.com for more information. 100 Women Who Care will meet again at the Rosewood Hotel in San Miguel on October 19, 2015 starting with a social hour at 3:30pm. Check-in for members, and registration for new members, begins at 4:30, and the meeting begins promptly at 5 and is over by 6. We are grateful to the Rosewood Hotel for donating their ballroom for our four meetings per year.