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Current Projects

Projects You Can Contribute to

GERMINATING TIES 2020

We help OLAKAC support this educational project in Mexico City that joins foster home kids and elders in retirement homes and provides them with free workshops that teach them about urban farming, caring for the environment and improving their mental and physical health. The monthly operational cost of each orchard is around US$150. They already earned US$1,150 from their Gender Equality Workshops. Help us in helping them get to their goal of US$3,600!


  • 32%

Raised: $1,150
Goal: $3,600

REFORESTATION IN SOUTH AMERICA

Help us help out this reforestation project in the South American mountains of Rari, Chile, led by Prof. Bret Rogers and his team. In doing so, more than 2 acres of land will have native trees again.


  • 2%

Raised: $150
Goal: $6,500

Help Save the Turtles

Your donation will provide seasonal uniforms (long-sleeved shirts and caps) for the volunteers and tools to help them rescue turtle eggs and place them in safe nest habitats, as well as fuel for the Quad (All-Terrain Vehicle) they use to patrol and transport eggs to the safety of the guarded nests. The cost for 50 uniforms and caps is $400 for each season. Cost of fuel for three months is $1,400.


  • 30%

Raised: $532
Goal: $1,800

Germinating Ties

Your donation provides tools and supplies (soil, vermicompost, seeds, gloves, hand shovels, etc.) to maintain the two organic orchards installed at two elder retirement homes in Mexico City so that the foster children can continue to work with them on it. This means helping Mexico become sustainable, not only ecologically, but socially, culturally and economically. Maintaining an orchard for a month is $150 USD. That means $1,800 USD for each orchard per year.


  • 100% 100%
Raised: $3,600
Goal: $3,600

Basketball Court for foster kids at Casa Paidi

Help restore this basketball court for the 30+ foster children living in Casa Paidi in one of Mexico City's rough corners. Fix cement floor, wall and paint.


  • 100%
Raised: $1,000
Goal: $1,000

La Rodadera Library / Museum

Your donation buys books, movies, iPads and computers. Donate $10, $25 or $50.


  • 1%
Raised: $100
Goal: $10,000

Currently Supported Projects

Safety improvements for Paidi Foster Home - September 2019

Value of the Donation: $2,500 US

We’re happy to support the safety of the children to the best of our capacities and with the blessing of your help (our donors). Casa Paidi foster home is located in Mexico City, and it has been victim of several robberies, which endanger the children, staff and property. A good solution to prevent further incidents was to reinforce the protection surrounding the children. Thanks to your kind donations, a safer place was created for these vulnerable children. Thank you!

 

Greenhouse Donation for Casa de la Divina Providencia - August 2019

Value of the Donation: $2,400 US

In order to improve the results of the “Germinating Ties” program ran in Mexico City with our partner non-profit OLAKAC, there was a need to improve the hand-made orchard and evolve it into a greenhouse like the one donated to Casa Betti. Thanks to the contributions of all our donors and with the match dollar-for-dollar from our CEO Andrew Kluger, the new greenhouse was setup on the month of August. The elders were eager to participate in the setup. The men, despite their age, wanted to shovel and mix the sustrate for the sowing beds, while the women got busy transplanting the new sprouts and watering them. They are very happy and excited to have this new, professional, wheelchair-accesible, protected space that will bring better harvest to their kitchen.

Books and Boardgames donation to Paidi Foster Home in Mexico City - October 2018

Value of the Donation: $500 US

After the inauguration of the donated orchard, Dr. Kluger met with the 14 visiting children from Paidi foster home that were participating that day in the Germinating Ties projects (which Bookbank USA helps fund along with your help, thank you). By conversing with them he learned about their interests and goals, and the following week he donated them 14 “El Árbol” book and 14 board / teamplaying games.

“On Tiptoes / De Puntitas” October 2018

Illustrated two-in-one children’s storybook

Value of the Donation: $5,000 US

Catalina Verónica Monterrubio, an acclaimed author, presents together with Book Bank USA a new bilingual two-in-one story book for children ages 5 to 8 y/o, beautifully illustrated by Gabriela García. In it, two stories are narrated: one tells the story of Sasha de Sola, Prima Ballerina of the San Francisco Ballet, from her early years to her present day. The other story, fictional, narrates the story of a boy that sees her dancing as a girl and falls in love with her and with ballet, thus choosing it as a career in hopes of someday dancing together with her. Both stories have a deeper, universal teaching beyond “ballet”, that focuses on overcoming obstacles by focusing on inner strength and perseverance.

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