The Guadalajara Reporter recently ran a story covering CEDEJO's critical need to secure funding for CEDEJO's mobile medical van. Two volunteers (Linda & Carol) recently successfully raised enough funds to keep the clinic mobile through December 2015. If you'd like to contribute to funding to keep the mobile van running through 2016, please consider making a donation today through the CEDEJO's donation page or through the2016 Campaign to Save the Mobile Health Clinic.
Health Van's Future in Doubt
By GR staff
The future of a mobile health van that serves seven economically-challenged communities on Lake Chapala’s north shore is hanging in the balance after financial funding for the service was curtailed.
The Centro de Desarrollo Jocotepec (Cedejo) van takes nurse and midwife Sylvia Flores and her team to villages such as San Juan Cosala, Mezcala and San Nicolas to attend specifically to the health needs of women. Services the team provides include family planning counseling, breast cancer screening, pap smears and general educational advice.
The center was dealt a massive blow when significant donations from U.S. and Canadian Rotary clubs – partnering with the Rotary Club of Ajijic – were diverted from the health van service and pledged toward the building of a much-needed health clinic in the Chapala neighborhood of Tepehua.
Flores says she is working to obtain new funding through grants and seeking Jalisco government and corporate support. She is also researching the possibility of aligning with another community service organization.
A grass roots group has formed to help keep the mobile health van on the road. While 20,000 pesos a month is an enormous amount from one donor, Flores says 40 committed people donating US$30 a month for a year should be enough to allow the visits to the seven needy communities to continue.
As an immediate stop-gap measure, donations are needed to fund the driver, nurse practitioner, nurse, van and equipment and supply maintenance, diesel fuel and costs of lab tests.
To donate or to learn more about this meaningful outreach program, go to cedejo.org/about and click the donations button. Those with suggestions of avenues to explore for additional funding are urged to visit the Cedejo office at Ocampo 45A in Ajijic or call (376) 766-1679.
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Sylvia Flores, directora del El CENTRO DE DESARROLLO JOCOTEPEC A.C en conjunto con la enfermera titulada Olga Lara y la UNIVERSIDAD AUTÓNOMA están realizando un programa de salud para las mujeres en la que todos los domingos, nueve mujeres de las comunidades de bajos recursos de la Ribera de Chapala, son transportadas en la unidad móvil de CEDEJO al centro de salud en Guadalajara donde les son realizados ultrasonidos y mamografías por el costo de 50 pesos.
Mujeres cabezas de familia o trabajadoras que logran ganar 40 pesos la hora tendrían que invertir gran parte de su esfuerzo en obtener estos exámenes en Chapala cuyo costo oscila entre 450 y 500 pesos.
Hasta la fecha, mujeres de comunidades como San Juan Cosalá, Tlachichilco y Tepehua han gozado de éste servicio y próximamente se incluirán las comunidades de San Juan Tecomatlán, San Nicolás de Ibarra y Santa Cruz de la Soledad.
"MOBILE HEALTH" PROJECT FOR LOW-INCOME WOMEN OF Ribera de Chapala
Sylvia Flores, director of the CEDEJO in collaboration with the nurse Olga Lara and the Autonomous University are carrying out a health program for women in which every Sunday nine women in low-income communities in Ribera de Chapala are transported in the mobile health unit to the health center in Guadalajara where they receive ultrasound and mammography for the cost of 50 pesos.
Women working to support their families and who likely earn an average of 40 pesos an hour would have to invest between 450 and 500 pesos to get these tests done in Chapala.
To date, women from communities like San Juan Cosala, Tlachichilco and Tepehua have enjoyed this service and soon the communities of San Juan Tecomatlán, San Nicolas de Ibarra and Santa Cruz de la Soledad will be included.
Photo credits: Harvey Bernier
A review of what CEDEJO has been doing behind the scenes in 2014 to try to secure long-term funding, how we have expanded our outreach and programs (all realized through volunteers) and how the community can continue to support our work and ensure that the clinic remains open through 2015.
CELEBRATING 2014 SUCCESSES
Besides completing a successful 2014 fundraising campaign (thank you donors!), CEDEJO also realized a new website, a new informational pamphlet, a FLICKR account to showcase current photos of their work, a Facebook page, a Twitter account and some press coverage that helped spread the word about our work.
In addition to operating the clinic in Ajijic and providing the free clinic in Tepehua twice a week, CEDEJO also successfully completed an all-volunteer-run (by Mexicana women) pilot project aptly named ‘Mujeres, Poder y Vida’ (‘Women, Power and Life’), which provided over 60 sessions of comprehensive women’s empowerment workshops to the Tepehua community. CEDEJO would like to, eventually, secure funding to continue to offer the empowerment workshops and to expand them to include several other communities around Lakeside.
Another success was the realization of CEDEJO Director's long-time dream of outfitting a mobile health unit in order to be able to visit & provide services to the most vulnerable communities around Lake Chapala. Generous anonymous donors have provided a van for CEDEJO to use twice a week for this purpose. Director Sylvia Flores will begin this program in January 2015.
MAKING NEW CONNECTIONS
As a result of CEDEJO's outreach efforts last year, new connections were made that will likely benefit CEDEJO in the future. For example, CEDEJO’s Director and volunteers met with UK representatives of the CRED Foundation while they were visiting Mexico in 2014. These productive meetings led to a partnership with the CRED Foundation which is slated to begin in late 2015. This partnership will potentially facilitate CEDEJO’s fundraising efforts in 2016 and beyond.
CEDEJO also met with visiting representatives from Horizons, a Canadian based non-profit organization committed to promoting social justice and people-centered development in Central America and Mexico. Horizons and CEDEJO are currently in the preliminary stages of exploring possible partnership opportunities.
Lastly, CEDEJO spent many hours in 2014 meeting with numerous officials in Guadalajara and applying for a variety of Mexican government grant programs. CEDEJO hopes these meetings and their efforts will result in some fruitful outcomes.
OUR 2015 CAMPAIGN
Although CEDEJO has been working hard to secure long-term funding opportunities, our efforts have not yet produced the funds needed to cover expenses for 2015. Unfortunately, we are in the same precarious position we've been in for the last seventeen months -- operating from month-to-month on whatever individual donations we receive. It is only through the generosity of individual donors, like you, that CEDEJO remains open and is able to provide services to the women & girls of Lakeside.
To help CEDEJO through the next year and until we can realize some funding through other avenues, please consider donating to our 2015 fundraising campaign.
We thank you in advance for whatever form of support you can offer. Every peso helps.