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Linda in Morelia

Apr 1, 2008, 6:21 AM

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Orphanage/children's shelter in or near Morelia

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 My niece is celebrating her quinceañera in May. She lives in the
states with her Mexican father and her Irish-American mother (my
sister). For gifts, she is asking her friends and family to give a
monetary contribution that she will then donate to an orphanage or
other organization that supports/educates poor children in Mexico.
She would like to find a worthy organization in this area so she can
personally give it to them when she visits my husband and me here in

What organizations would you recommend? We are looking for one that
is relatively well managed so that the funds will be used for a good

Many thanks,

jennifer rose

Apr 1, 2008, 7:15 PM

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Re: [Jim and Linda] Orphanage/children's shelter in or near Morelia

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There are many options in this category, but most do not have websites. Shown below is by no means an exhaustive listing, but only the ones which come immediately to mind.

One Morelia orphanage with a Christian emphasis which some of the expat community in Morelia support is:

Casa de Hogar,

The NOE Center,, is a Christian-focused community center spearheaded by the Brindar Foundation and headed up long-time Morelia residents Bryan Overcast and his wife Mireya. NOE stands for New Educational Opportunities.

In Patzcuaro, Deborah Peacock, <>, has been very active with a non-denominational orphanage --Casa Hogar Tata Vasco provides homes to 25 boys between the ages of 6 and 14 – including safe shelter, 3 meals a day, an education at the public school (uniforms, books, etc.), medical services as well as attention to special needs. This home for boys at high risk or orphaned relies on funding from private sources and limited
government assistance. The casa hogar was founded 7 years ago by Patzcuarenzes.

Also in Patzcuaro are:

Ancianos del Sagrario is a daily hot lunch program that provides nourishment to 30 elderly members of the community who are homeless
or have very little resources. This program relies on funding from private sources and food donations and is staffed by Patzcuaro (and
visitor) volunteers who prepare, serve and clean up after the meals.

The Abejas (Bees) is a woman´s auxiliary club founded 50 years ago by Patzcuarenzes and foreigners from CREFAL. Their primary focus is the
well being of children and created the Biblioteca Infantil (children´s library), Gertrudis Bocanegra primaria (primary school) and El Centro de Reabilitacion San Rafael (and the San Rafael Rehabilitation Centre).

Deb Peacock would be able to give you the contact information for Ancianos del Sagrario and the Abejas.

Peacock, Overcast and at least one of the foreigners who supports the Casa de Hogar lurk on MoreliaConnect, and a discussion over on that mailing list might provide you with more insight and guidance.

(This post was edited by jennifer rose on Apr 1, 2008, 7:16 PM)
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