Our website gets a facelift!
In honor of International Women's Day, CEDEJO volunteer Sheila Poettgen, who previously helped CEDEJO with public outreach by redesigning our outdated website & promotional material in 2013, donated her skills again this year to redesign our website in order to better reflect the work that CEDEJO is doing in the community. Thanks to all of our volunteers for supporting CEDEJO's mission!
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Looking for a way to connect to your community in a meaningful way?
Have life experience and valuable skills that could help empower others?
Passionate about women's issues and promoting social justice?
The CENTRO DE DESARROLLO JOCOTEPEC, A.C., whose mission is to improve the the quality of life of Lake Chapala families with limited resources through projects that promote health and well-being, is seeking volunteers for the following:
**See Detailed Position Descriptions on our "Volunteer Page".
CEDEJO welcomes both long-term and short-term volunteers. We greatly value and appreciate our volunteers and we recognize them by offering free admission to all CEDEJO events and/or conferences, posting volunteer photos (along with a description of their contribution to CEDEJO) on our website, and providing a yearly appreciation lunch or dinner.
Come and help us to empower the women of Chapala Rivera that need it most!
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~ A Message from CEDEJO volunteer, Sheila Poettgen ~
Today is International Women's Day!!
Today is a special day for me. A year ago, in honor of International Women's Day, I contacted Sylvia Flores, Director of CEDEJO, to find out how I could contribute to their mission. I thought I would only be creating a new website, Facebook & Twitter pages, and an updated pamphlet for the clinic but my volunteer experience has turned in to so much more than I ever expected.
This is no longer just "my" volunteer experience. It has grown in to an entire community pulling together to save a valuable Women's Health Clinic.
We have reached 70% of the fundraising campaign's goal and the clinic has remained open for the last 6 months and will remain open through at least May of 2014.
Sylvia Flores and CEDEJO volunteers positively affect the most vulnerable in our community by giving of themselves and their services. They work tirelessly to empower women and girls in our community to be the healthiest people they can be. The results of their work, by extension, improves the health and well- being of the entire community.
Please help me to thank CEDEJO and their volunteers today for all that they do to make the world a better place. Send them a message of thanks, share this campaign page with your friends and consider giving a donation today to support their work.
An article about CEDEJO's 2013-2014 Fundraising Campaign appears in the January issue of the "Ojo del Lago" this month. Check it out online or read the article below.
Hooray For Cedejo!
This past year, for International Women’s Day and in honor of all the women around the world who help to empower others, I volunteered to create a website for CEDEJO and to update their very outdated brochure from 1986. I wanted to use current photos of the inspirational Director, registered nurse and midwife, Sylvia Flores, and other volunteers in action so I asked for permission to visit the clinics in order to photograph their work.
Upon visiting the clinics I was greatly affected by how important the work of CEDEJO is to the community. Women of all ages lined up outside the free clinic offered through the Tepehua Community Center in order to gain access to health services they would not otherwise be able to afford.
A woman in her mid-thirties, who arrived with two children and a third on the way, received a pre-natal examination and consultation. A 15 year old inquired about her choices for preventing pregnancy. She already had one child at home and was struggling to make ends meet. Another woman stopped in for a breast examination, concerned about a lump she had recently discovered.
For many of these women, it was the first time in their lives that they were able to receive gynecological care. I saw the relief in their faces as nurses responded to their health concerns and I watched them leave with smiles of gratitude.
So when I learned that the organization that had provided financial support for the clinic for the last two years was unable to continue funding due to restrictions beyond their control and that, without another funding source, the clinic would be forced to close by the end of August 2013, I was heartbroken.
Cervical and breast cancer is the leading cause of death for local women between the ages of 35 and 60 and the clinic provides the most vulnerable women in our community preventative services. Their work helps the community make great strides forward in relation to women’s health and empowerment. CEDEJO is too important to this generation and the next to give up on it now, which is why I decided I needed to do more.
I have started a fundraising campaign in an attempt to raise the money needed to keep the doors of the clinic open for another year. Thankfully, over the last three months, we’ve raised 19% of the total fundraising goal, allowing the clinic to remain open through the end of November. However, the clinic’s fate is precarious and, now more than ever, it needs the Lakeside community’s help.
One generous donor has offered to match any individual donation of 5,000 pesos or more. If you’re moved by the clinic’s work and are able to contribute any amount to this campaign (every little bit helps) or you’d like to review details of how funds will be used, please visit www.gofundme.com/save-health-clinic. To find out more about CEDEJO’s inspirational work, visit their website.
Sheila Poettgen is an activist, artist, minimalist, author, and supporter of sustainable living. She travels around the world by bicycle, works as a freelance website designer, teaches English as a second language, house & pet sits, and volunteers with organizations that promote social justice and women's empowerment.