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Amiguitos  (EIN # 26-3394832) is a tax-exempt public charity that helps vulnerable children in Southern Mexico:  Transforming communities through the education of children.  Checks to "Amiguitos" can be sent to: Amiguitos; 3943 W 98th Ave; Westminster CO 80031 new.   Or click the "Donate" button below to give online.  You can even make this a recurring monthly donation.   Your giving is tax deductible.  Call us at 303-518-2446


New Address
Amiguitos has moved to facebook.   For regular updates "like" us at Facebook.com/AmiguitosMexico

Donations and correspondence can now be sent to our new address:

Amiguitos
3943 W 98th Ave
Westminster CO 80031

We will continue to have this website for donations and other information to enroll on work trips. 


June 2014 Work Trip is forming
Amiguito's 13th work trip to Veracruz will be held June 7th to 28th.    Applications and fees are due May 15, 2014.   Click below for work trip registration forms and information about Veracruz.  All are welcome.

View June 2014 Veracruz Trip Registration Forms (PDF)

Travel Information about Veracruz, Mexico (PDF)


December 2013 Work Trip a Great Success
The 12th Amiguitos work team worked in Veracruz June 2013 for two weeks of educational programs and a single medical clinic at the Laguna center. We had a great trip and enjoyed all the awesome work of the teens and kids.



2013-2014 School Scholarships Recieved

With your help, we sent 43 children to public schools this 2013-2014 school year.  We have more students than ever in Middle School (18), High School (10) and even a student starting University.    Since most students drop out of school before the 5th grade, this is amazing.  Thank you for  helping as families cannot afford the cost of uniforms and fees.

Here are the students you are helping this public school this year:


First Row:     Alejandra, Alexander, Andres, Antonio
Second Row: Augustin, Brayan, Cesar, Cielo
Third Row:    Danna, Diana Laura, Epifanio, Heidi
Fourth Row:   Jaqueline, Jesus, Jonathan, Jorge
Fifth Row:      Joselin, Juan Carlos, Leny, Magaly
Sixth Row:    Mariana, Maritza, Mauricio, Melani
Seventh Row:Melani, Miguel, Rafael, Raul
Eighth Row: Sulma, Uriel, Victor, Victor Chuy
Last Row:      Victor Santiago


Support checks to "Amiguitos" can be sent to: Amiguitos; 3943 W 98th Ave; Westminstrer CO 800. Or click the "DONATE"  at the left portion of this screen.

Thank you!!


2013-2014 Student Directory - Laguna Center

Click here to see the complete 2013_2014 Student Directory


2013 Alumni
There is a great deal of movement in a poorer community like Laguana neighborhood in Veracruz, Mexico.   Here are students that have been part of our Amiguitos programs in Veracruz who left the program this year.  We wish them all well and appreciate the time we had together.

Click here to see the 33 students that left the program in  2012_2013 


June 2013 Work Trip a Great Success

The eleventh Amiguitos work team worked in Veracruz June 2013 for two weeks of educational programs and a single medical clinic at the Laguna center.

Click here to see all the blogs and photos from the June 2013 trip

We also blogged on our Facebook page at
www.facebook.com/AmiguitosMexico

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December 2012 Work Trip

The tenth Amiguitos work team was in Veracruz December 25, 2012 to January 7, 2013 for educational experiences with the students,  celebrations, an excursion with the teens and a single medical clinic at Laguna.   Click below to see more photos and updates from the work team.


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Chamacos love McDonalds!!


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Victor Hugo loves tie dye!




FHAIM

Friends Helping Amiguitos In Mexico
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What is FHAIM?
It is a project of Amiguitos to provide a safe house to our at risk teens.

Amiguitos has recognized a new problem emerging in our community.  Some of our teens have been displaced from their homes and are in need of a safe place to live and allow them to continue their education. FHAIM was organized to repond to this problem.  The goal is to inspire teens in the USA to help these teens in Mexico. 

Funds are being raised by FHAIM to provide a safe home, to support  continued education and give a positive sense of family.

Checks to "Amiguitos"  memo "FHAIM" can be sent to:
 Amiguitos; 228 S Jefferson Ave; Louisville CO 80027. 

Click here to learn more about FHAIM







Pénjamo Amiguitos  assist blind children
Maria Elena's October 6, 2012 update: Pénjamo Center
I have been busy lately, as I am working alone in Amiguitos Penjamo, I have arranged help from other institutions, some students from the University are helping. We are continuing to work with elementary kids, and we have gone to CREHADEBI which is an institution for blind kids. I am excited because Amiguitos Penjamo is returning to its roots. It has been a wonderful experience. The students are working in a project so that we can help two mothers to buy special wheelchairs for their daughters, one of them.  Estrella besides being blind she has cerebral palsy, she is 6 years old  and her mother carries her in her arms all the time. We want to be able to give them  this special gift.
Some pictures are here.
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Estrella meets with the university students working with Amiguitos

Thank you for all your support.
Click here for more Pénjamo photos
Maria Elena



Student Directory 2012-2013
We start the school year with 107 students in our Laguna and Tarimoya centers in Veracruz, Mexico.  Each day in Laguna we have homework support and meal programs as well as conduct our Amiguitos School for those students not able to enroll in Mexico Public School.   Please keep our students in your thoughts and prayers this coming year.

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Ana is a High School Senior looking forward to college
Click here to see photos of all the 2012-2013 Students


New faces summer  2012
This summer we saw a lot of new faces in our programs.  Please help us welcome 24 new students !!!
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Alexander is a new student in our Laguna Amiguitos Center
Click here to see photos of all the new students


Alumni 2011- 2012
There are 59 students that due to a variety of reasons have had to leave our Veracruz, Mexico Amiguitos program  during the 2011-2012 school year (family moves or pressures to work).  Please help us say goodbye to our amiguitos as we add them to our alumni and keep them all in our thoughts and prayers.

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Omar graduated culinary school and now has left Amiguitos' program
Click here to see all 59 Students who left Amiguitos during 2011-2012


June 2012 Work Trip
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We had a great June 2012 Work Trip
Click here to see our June 2012 BLOG


Health Clinic for Students & Families
Goldi's September 8, 2012 update: Laguna Center-Veracruz, Mexico
During this week we had our normal activiades.  We had our classes for elementary school students and of course we have our high school students studying in the center each day. 

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Our first High School class!  Saul teaches Nancy, Ramon & Mauricio

We had normal homework support to all students as well as  English and computer classes.  On Friday we had a medical clinic for all the students and families.  Dr. Thomas (with arm in cast) came with his wife because he could not write. 
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Also this week we prepared our adult students for their final high school entrance exams.  Lucrecia, Sonia and Guadalupe Saturday took the  tests with the city education officials and hope everything has gone well.
On Saturday morning we went to the official event to receive Nancy's and Ramon's  Middle School completion certificates.   And we of course had a soccer match at night as part of the recreational league we participate in.   

And one last thing, we also added  new students to our Laguna program:
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A very busy week!  Thank you for your support.
Click here for more photos
Goldi


Parents receive clothing for their families
Goldi's September 1, 2012 update: Laguna Center-Veracruz, Mexico Thank you all for the help in this month.  I want to tell that the school children had their diagnostic tests at school and are ready for a new week of activiades.  High school students are preparing for their first midterm exam next week and also appreciated thier new uniforms.
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During this week also gave away clothing to the parents.  We had our customary activiades of computer and English classes, Saul went to a school board meeting at Alejandra's school. The student restaurant was open (Good Friend's Burgers).
The week's attendance was 85 children each day.
Click here for more photos
Goldi

Amiguitos School has first High School group
Goldi's August 25, 2012 update: Laguna Center & Tarimoya Center This week the school year began. This year the Amiguitos School has children in first through sixth grade, with classes also available for study in Middle School and High School classes.   Subjects taught in the Amiguitos School included chemistry, accounting, social science, Spanish, computer science, mathematics, English, logic and Ethics.  Several parents are completed studies for Middle School and we are very excited to have High School students at the Amiguitos School for the very first time.   Ramon, Mauricio and Nancy.  Our Laguna center's activiades  have been normal.
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Good Friends Burgers now operates in front of
the new Laguna Amiguitos Center in Veracruz, Mexico

In addition, during this week the children have reviewed all the material for a diagnostic test that they will take in all schools in Mexico. 
Also this week we prepared  bread, pizza and flan and had the teen restaurant Good Friends Burgers open over the weekend. Also this week we distributed the flip flop sandles donated by the Texas sponsors and more clothing for both programs in the Laguna and Tarimoya centers since this Saturday the weather was fine and we could get into Tarimoya.

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Daily attendance has been 78 children throughout the week.
Click here for more photos of Laguna
Click here for more photos of Tarimoya

Goldi


Back to School
Goldi's August 18, 2012 update: Laguna Center & Tarimoya Center
This was the last week of vacation and tomorrow starts the school year. During the week we delivered school supplies and uniforms for all children with scholarships this year. We  also delivered backpacks to all children in the program.

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Your generous support delivered supplies and uniforms to ALL our kids can go to school 2012-2013 school year.   And they are excited!!

This week we also handed clothing to all the parents who needed them. We also made flan, pan pizza, and burgers at the teen restaurant Good Freinds  Burgers which is still working weekends. And all other activities happened  normally.
The good news of the week is that on Friday our Amiguitos School was officially inaugurated for High School classes.  We also renewed our certification to teach primary and secondary school.  Our students began and are excited.
Attendance all week was  76 children each day.
Click here for more photos
Goldi


Hurricane Ernesto in Veracruz 10AUG2012
Hurricane Ernesto reduced to a tropical storm and struck 35 miles south of our Laguna and Tarimoya centers.  Schools closed due to high winds and heavy rain.  Although there were 15 deaths to the south, no deaths or injuries occurred for our students, families and staff.  There was heavy water damage in our new Laguna center with a large number of books destroyed by the water and surface damage to our walls. 

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The biggest impact is that the rain and cold has resulted in several students falling ill.  We will therefore have two medical clinics at Laguna in the coming weeks.  All children will see the doctor and receive whatever medications they need and then the doctor will return in two weeks to repeat the proceedure.  The students are now back at school and our center.  Thank you very much for your prayers and support.

Click here for more photos of damage
Click here for more photos of students back at center
Curtis

Help needed now for 2012-2013 school year

We are getting ready to send 36 children to public schools for the 2012-2013 school year who would NOT be able to go to school without your help!   $200 USD pays for school fees and school uniforms for a year that are required by the Mexican Public Schools.  These kids also attend daily Amiguitos feeding and daily Amiguitos homework support sessions at our centers ($40/month USD).  Some of these kids have sponsors and others need sponsors.  We will not rest until ALL of the kids below are enrolled in school.  Please help.  30 of the 36 students below still need sponsors! The parents of our other 50 students are able to afford to send their kids to public schools.

Checks to "Amiguitos" can be sent to: Amiguitos; 228 S Jefferson Ave; Louisville CO 80027 USA or credit card donations can be made by pressing the big yellow "donate" button t the left.   Thank you!!!
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Pénjamo Center -
Pénjamo, Mexico Update:
Maria Elenai's February 4, 2012   update from Pénjamo, Mexico

Hello Amiguitos friends. I want to update you on the activities that Amiguitos Universitario Penjamo has been doing. Since last November,  I have formed a staff for our Amiguitos programs from local university students.   We helped a group of local youth raise and give a total of 31 bags of food and 35 bags of school supplies to the kids from the school that we are working with in a very vulnerable neighborhood of Pénjamo.
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The kids were so happy to recieve them. On January 8th, we gave away nearly 150 toys, most of the kids recieved one.  They were also very happy. One of our team Bryan can't continue, but the rest Maritza, Oshiris, Rubicelia and Oscar are still helping to lead the program. We are looking for additional activities to work with the school kids.
Here are some pictures of the day of los tres reyes magos in their school.
Thank you for your support and thoughts.
Click here for more photos
Maria Elena Montoya de Arredondo





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Amiguitos work team worked in Veracruz December 22, 2011  to January 9, 2012 for 2 medical clinics in Tarimoya and Laguna neighborhoods of the city where Amiguitos has centers in week 1.  Some light construction and participation in the center's programs follow the second week.   See the link below for the brief updates and photos from the team during the work trip in Veracruz, Mexico.  Click here to see the full December 2011 Blog

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Travel Information about Veracruz, Mexico (PDF)


The ninth Amiguitos work team worked in Veracruz June 2012 for construction and work in the Laguna center.   We are proud to announce the completion of Phase 1a of our multi-year construction program.   Our center has moved from our 4th and final rental site to our first ever permanent building!!!!!  Click here to see the full June 2012 Work Trip  Blog

The eighth Amiguitos work team worked in Veracruz December 22, 2011  to January 9, 2012 for 2 medical clinics in Tarimoya and Laguna neighborhoods of the city where Amiguitos has centers in week 1.  Some light construction and participation in the center's programs follow the second week.   See the link below for the brief updates and photos from the team during the work trip in Veracruz, Mexico.  Click here to see the full December 2011 Blog

The seventh Amiguitos work team was in Veracruz June 2011 for construction on the Laguna center and 8 medical clinics.   Click below for the brief updates  from the team during the work trip in Veracruz, Mexico.     Click here to see the full June 2011 Blog


The sixth Amiguitos work team was in Veracruz December 25, 2010  to January 8, 2011 for an art project at the Laguna center and 4 medical clinics.   Click below for the brief updates  from the team during the work trip in Veracruz, Mexico. 
Click here to see the full December 2010 Blog


The fifth Amiguitos work team was in Veracruz June 5 - June 28, 2010 for construction on the Laguna center and 8 medical clinics.   Click below for the brief updates  from the team during the work trip in Veracruz, Mexico.     Click here to see the full June 2010 Blog

The fourth Amiguitos work team has completed its work trip in Veracruz for 4 medical clinics in December 2009 and began construction of a strong retaining wall to prepare the permanent site for the Laguna Amiguitos center/school in Veracruz, Mexico.   Click here to read our BLOG of all the brief updates  from the team during the work trip.  

The third Amiguitos work team has completed its work trip in Veracruz for 8 medical clinics and one medical clinic in Penjamo in June 2009.   Click here to read our BLOG of all the brief updates  from the team during the work trip.  

Curtis Wait
Executive Director, Amiguitos




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Click on the video below to see a short  presentation about the work in Veracruz, Mexico.

For those new to our website: 

Amiguitos is a diverse group of individuals from various faith communities working together to assist children and families in struggling neighborhoods of Veracruz, Mexico.  Click here to learn more about our staff.  Amiguitos organizes trips from the USA to Veracruz to conduct medical missions, construction projects and educational programs (every June and December). Amiguitos provides funding for community centers which are providing infant care (to allow single parents to work), feeding programs for schoolchildren (who have no nutrition), formation of neighborhood schools  and basic medical supplies (see Programs for more details).  These centers under the direction of Goldi Santana Mera are key to enhancing the health, education and welfare of neighborhood children and families. 

The first center is in the neighborhood of Laguna (lakes) was established in the front yard of a resident in 2006.   Then another resident loaned a house (shack really) to the center for two years.   September 2009 to September 2010 the Laguna center  moved to a  location where the kids had access to a building with electricity, cement walls and floors.  We started  in our 4th temporary Laguna center September 2010 (with tile floors, more room, running water, electricity).  In December 2009 we began construction on a permanent center/school in Laguna and hope to move to a very simple center on the permanent site in 2011.

Efforts continue with additional construction of at our permanent community center  on our land purchased in June 2009 which houses our school, kitchen & feeding program, water purification system, and health clinic.  In December 2009 we began construction on the permanent Laguna center/school and ocuppied the building in June 2013. 

The teens from the Laguna center have started another Amiguitos center in Tarimoya (an even more impoverished neighborhood in Veracruz).  Goldi, Saul and the teens conduct weekly programs in Tarimoya similar to the programs in Laguna (food, homework support, computers & English classes).

Our teams  visited Pénjamo Mexico in June 2009 and started another community center there and are excited by the programs started there by our director of Amiguitos Pénjamo, Maria Elena Arredondo.  We hope to continue expanding centers in vulnerable areas.

Amiguitos is based in the United States of America,  promoting hands-on participation in support of the community centers which Goldi, Maria Elena and others are creating. Trips are planned for each June and December (in one week segments).  In addition to becoming good friends (amiguitos), participants find their lives changed as they experience the joy and perseverance of vulnerable children and families living in Mexico.  All are welcome to participate. 

We highly encourage you to bring your children or grandchildren on trips with Amiguitos as it can be a profound experience that shapes their perspective on life and can be a great bonding experience.  Children who have participated in Amiguitos trips have had very positive experiences and have coped well with being in new environments.  I invite you to learn more about Amiguitos. Please read our  Newsletter and Resources, look at our Photos, see  How to Help , come to one of our events (see Calendar for more details) or invite us to come talk to your organization.  I especially invite you to come to Mexico on our next trip. 

Amiguitos is building a network of partners.  I ask you to visit the websites of our growing circle of friends.  See our "Links to Partners" on the Newsletter and Resources  page.   Groups from Phoenix are helping to make the community centers in Veracruz expand with new land, water systems, scholarships and medicine.  Organizations in the Chicago area have provided tables, chairs and paid for patios and roofing.  Friends in Castle Rock are looking to expand their outreach activities and are looking at Amiguitos for opportunities for more hands-on work.   Congregations in Boulder  and Thornton are supportive also, sponsoring children and sending individuals to the work trips in Mexico.  People in Glen Rose Texas and Leadville Colorado  have made significant contributions for medicine, transportation and building materials.  The people of South East Mexico are working hand in hand with Amiguitos to make the vulnerable communities of Veracruz stronger.  Congregations in the Denver, Colorado metro area have become very active sending teaching and craft supplies, sponsoring children and sending individuals to the medical clinic work trips.  Individuals from North Carolina, California, Oregon, Maryland, Kansas and other states have sponsored children and participated on work trips.

Thank you for your interest in this important work.  Please contact me if you would like to learn more or sponsor a child.  Email: info@amiguitos.net or write to: Amiguitos, 943 W 98th Ave; Westminster CO 80031  USA.  Your support makes a huge difference.

Sincerely,
Curtis

Curtis Wait
Executive Director, Amiguitos

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