SurfAid USA Announces Two New Projects in Honor of World Malaria Day

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

SurfAid USA is pleased to introduce our newest community partners – Raíz de Fondo and Amigos de los Niños. With the help of the International Community Foundation (ICF), SurfAid’s goal is to strenthen the capacity of their existing health services and continue our efforts in support of improving maternal and child health in our favourite surf communities.

 1) Raíz de Fondo

Raíz de Fondo Jardines y Educación AC

In 2011, the first community garden was opened in La Paz, B.C.S. to offer the community a chance to learn about organic gardening and offer local residents a space to plant their own garden with the help of volunteers.  The garden was well received by the public, so a year later Raíz de Fondo, Jardines y Educación A.C. became a legally constituted Mexican nonprofit, allowing the new organization to expand its activities beyond its garden borders.

Raíz de Fondo promotes the production of organic vegetable and seeks to improve the availability of fresh foods. It maintains two community gardens, provides educational programs partnering with schools and non-governmental organizations, offers workshops to the public and coordinates a post-harvest food recovery/redistribution program.

Current Programs:

Community Gardens:

The organization maintains 2 gardens open to the public and offers technical assistance in organic production. The gardens are the hub for many of Raíz de Fondo’s activities.

Education:

School visits to the gardens give children the opportunity to see and get hands-on experience harvesting vegetables. The program includes the life cycle of a garden and a nutritional component that allows the children to prepare a meal with the produce they´ve harvested. In 2018, the organization began working with public schools, aiding in the creation of gardens on school campuses. A 26-session program includes nutrition and food preparation with the students.

        

Nutritional Education:

Raíz offers a variety of nutritional and cooking classes. Classes serve a diverse range of people including children, individuals with chronic disease or other health problems, cooks from feeding kitchens/shelters and individuals with limited resources experiencing food insecurity, in addition to the general public.

Food Rescue:

The program works with farms in the municipality of La Paz, BCS, Mexico to collect left-behind produce that is not sellable (but still good for human consumption), and distribute it to nonprofit and government-run feeding kitchens and meal programs to increase the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables served to their beneficiaries.

Volunteer Participation:

Many of Raíz de Fondos activities would be difficult to carry out without the participation of volunteers.

Volunteer Activities include:
 - Assistance with workshops
 - Maintenance of the gardens
 - Organization of files
 - Transportation, packing and distribution of rescued produce

The volunteer season runs from October to June

For more information contact: raizdefondo@gmail.com

Facebook and Instagram:  Raíz de Fondo AC

www.raizdefondo.org


2) Amigos de los Ninos

Amigos de los Niños (ADLN) provides quality health care in Los Cabos to children up to the age of 18 who lack access to quality care, arranging for external medical consultations, organized clinics and assistance in setting up medical treatment for special cases of the severely ill or disabled.


Programs:

ADLN Free Clinics

From the beginning of the free clinic program in 1991, ADLN has counted on professional medical volunteers to provide pro bono service for clinics in many specialties such as: Pediatric Dentistry, ENT and Audiology with free hearing aids, Pediatric Cardiology, and Corrective Eye Surgeries for Strabismus. These are bi- and tri-annual clinics that serve children who could otherwise not afford these specialty medical services.

ADLN Special Case Children

ADLN’s “Special Case” children are severely ill or disabled and require long-term medical services and many times a search for physicians who can treat them.  


The majority of ADLN Special Cases are children with cancer. For over ten years ADLN has been helping these children and their families.  Initially ADLN was the on-the-ground organization working to establish pediatric oncology services in Baja California Sur, which was successfully accomplished in 2012 with the creation of the Pediatric Hemio-Oncology Unit at the public hospital in La Paz.  ADLN then took on the responsibility of purchasing the chemotherapy meds for Los Cabos patients and paying for their transportation to and from La Paz for treatment; and providing financial support to secure the pediatric oncologist at the BCS program.


Other Special Case Children are varied and have lifelong conditions (including cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, scoliosis, and diabetes) which require medicines, transportation and special treatment or diagnosis to reduce their symptoms as much as possible.


ADLN has been able to consistently provide and expand these programs during the last 25 years.


Volunteer Opportunities:


The main volunteer opportunity is for medical professionals for the ADLN Free Clinics in pediatric dentistry, audiology and pediatric cardiology. For more information, contact:


General Volunteer Inquiries: bajathatcher@hotmail.com

Medical/Dental:  mexicoprojects@hotmail.com