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Patronato Pro Niños Tours Change Campo Lives One at a Time

By Patrick Green

My name is Patrick Green, and I lead historical walks for the NGO Patronato Pro Niños

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(PPN). During my walk introduction, I always take a moment to explain the PPN mission, which is that we provide much-needed medical and dental care to children from economically disadvantaged families in and around San Miguel de Allende so that they can lead healthier, fuller lives. I always show my group a photo of one of our four customized vans that contain a dental chair and a fully provisioned dental office.

Recently, I was privileged to travel in one of those vans with a dentist, a doctor, and PPN’s director on a scheduled visit to a pueblo in the rural communities near San Miguel. The drive took 90 minutes, and for the last 30 minutes, we were on a rutted, dusty dirt road. We pulled up to the local school and were greeted by the contact person, a lone schoolteacher in a village of perhaps 200 people. There were concrete block houses scattered about behind mesquite and pepper trees. The teacher escorted us to the edge of a soccer field, where 30 women and children were gathered, sitting on a bleacher. As the PPN director talked with the group, I strolled back to the vans and looked in on a young muchacho who had his mouth open wide under a dentist buzzing away. Also in the van was a doctor talking with a young mother about the health of her six-year-old daughter, who was sitting close by. It was the little girl’s first physical exam and the beginning of a file that would chart the history of her relationship with PPN.

Later on, I summoned the courage to engage a few of the mothers in conversation with my rudimentary Spanish. I managed to tell them how proud I was to be a member of Patronato Pro Niños and they repeated gracias numerous times. Mostly, we just smiled.

I came away knowing that there are real people behind those introductory words that I so casually deliver at the beginning of each walk: real people with real needs as well as a huge family of PPN volunteers providing real solutions with real results that improve lives one at a time. Since that trip to the campo, I have noticed a bit more urgency creeping into my voice as I describe the mission of PPN to each group I take out. I have no doubt that urgency will remain for some time to come.

Patronato Pro Niños invites you to join its historical walks. All donations and tips go to support important work. For 49 years, this nonprofit organization has been providing medical and dental services to children in San Miguel. In 2018, it served 7,636 children—more than 600 per month!

All walks are conducted in English. Private tours can be arranged. Contact Christina at 415 152 7796 or email historicalwt@patronatoproninos.org

 

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Patronato Pro Niños Historical Walk

Every Mon, Wed, and Fri, 10am

Please arrive by 9:45am

Donation: 300 pesos per person

No reservations needed; payment taken onsite

All walks are conducted in English

 

 

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