FANLAP is happy to report that we have received money from the Institute of Social Development of the Federal Government of Mexico as part of their program to end hunger in Mexico, through SEDESOL, (the Secretary of Social Development for the State of Baja California Sur), and with the support of the City of La Paz. This is part of a co-investment, with the government funding 300,000 pesos and FANLAP 100,000 pesos (numbers rounded off).
The funds are to purchase necessary food such as meat, chicken, eggs, tuna, jamaica (to make jamaica water), fruit and other necessary items for the months of June through December of 2014. Some of these funds are also earmarked to replace a rusted out 6 burner stove (purchased in 2003 and had heavy use since then), to purchase a freezer (so we have a place to put fish if some of our friends should happen to donate fish…hint hint), and to replace plates, bowls, cups and pots and pans.
Thank-you to the campaign by the boaters of La Paz who have collected rice, beans, oil and other non-perishables for our lunch and breakfast programs. Now, we only have to purchase those items occasionally.
The funds used for FANLAP’s portion of the co-investment in addition to the expenses for January through May were from our annual Subasta held in December and other donations.
During the school year, we serve a complete lunch to an average of 170 children and a handful of senior citizens each day Monday through Friday. Two breakfast kitchens, one in Colonia Marquez de Leon and one in Vista Hermosa, serve breakfast Monday, Wednesday and Friday during the school year. We serve breakfast on Tuesday and Thursday so the children may elect to have a hot breakfast five days a week before they go to school. An average of 70 children and a few senior citizens partake of the breakfast on Tuesday and Thursday.
To read more about our programs visit www.lapazninos.org . You may “like” us on our facebook page at www.facebook.com/fanlap. To read about the many accomplishments with our library programs, go to www.facebook.com/bibliofanlap and ask to be a friend. If you’d like to volunteer or if you would like to visit “our kids” contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo courtesy of the City of La Paz.