Each project has its own birthing story – unlikely, remarkable and serendipitous; mysterious, even mystical. Some call it “God’s Choreography” – just the right people converging at just the right moment at just the right place. Someone in a mission delegation asked about a chock of rope tied to a bedpost in a squatters’ community home, used to secure safely a four-year old when the mother got some work – his heart broken open, our work in La Estación began. Invited by a facilitator, Erik and Lalo “just happened” to pair up, finding they had similar visions – three years later (a lengthy gestation) ALEM was born. Ramón, who like Harry Potter lived under the steps in his grandmother’s home, shared his dream of having his own business – and the first worker/owner cooperative and SAPECO was born. If you tracked the unfolding narrative of each project, you’d find a continuing unfolding. The Quakers call it “proceeding as the way opens,” and a book chronicling a project not unlike ours said, “we build the road as we travel.” We are committed to, “working with the people rather than working for them.”
Each of our programs operate through local partner organizations, mostly Comunidad A.C., one of the 17 community foundations in Mexico; and Autonomía Libertad en Movimiento A.C., ALEM.