Efforts of Local NGOs Recognized

By Karla Ortiz

On December 7, the NGO Liaison and Assistance to Foreigners Directorate gave a series of awards to some of the civil associations operating here. These independent organizations operate for one reason only, to help those who need it most, be they women, children, men, the elderly, people with disabilities, poor people, or animals.

NGOs are in charge of providing what is necessary to improve the quality of life of people and animals. These organizations, supported by volunteers and not looking for profit, usually seek financial support through donations, charity events, and collaboration with citizens. All the resources obtained are used to purchase materials to provide something to the applicant, such as crutches, hearing aids, glasses, etc.

On this occasion, an effort was made to recognize the city’s longest-running organizations: the San Miguel Lions Club with 68 years, La Biblioteca with 63 years, Rotary Club with 59 years, Patronato Pro Niños with 47 years, the Chamber Music Festival with 39 years, CASA with 36 years, the Fire Department with 34 years, the Society for the Protection of Animals with more than 35 years, Feed The Hungry with 30 years, San Miguel Community Foundation with 30 years, Charco del Ingenio with 27 years, the Children’s Support Foundation with 25 years, IREE Foundation with 25 years, and Asilo Alma with more than 21 years. Recognition went to Hugo Contreras for his contribution with the Consejos para la elaboración de “Mi Proyecto” workshop. The outstanding Civil Association of this year was the Cruz Roja Delegation SMA for its altruistic work and commitment to the community and its annual collection campaign. “This recognition is for all those who support and work in the Cruz Roja. Our work is done from the heart, and it is an honor to have the opportunity to receive this award. It is really the links with NGOs that have opened the doors and given us the tools to be able to carry out our work and achieve our objectives,” said Leticia Fernández, president of the Cruz Roja, who received the main recognition from Teri Kavanagh, director of NGO Liaison and Attention to Foreigners. The representatives of the organizations enjoyed a breakfast at which they could work on forming alliances and spreading the word about various projects through the media in attendance.


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