Adopt a Village





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Project Description

Region: North America

Country: Mexico

Location: Hacienda de la labor

Total Budget: $53,735

Areas of Focus: Basic education and literacy, Economic and community development

The "Adopt a Village Model" is a long term community development initiative,

which seeks to build capacity in the areas of health, shelter, literacy, nutrition,

economic and community development in the village of Hacienda de la labor.

The purpose of the project is to build capacity for youth and their families in the village that will expand

their knowledge and skills. In the specific areas of:

● Shelter/Warmth

● Nutrition

● Medical Care

● Work skills

These are essential for healthy community development. The building of capacity in these areas will contribute to the growth of a more healthy and sustainable community. This in turns builds a stronger foundation upon which to develop future projects.

Which goals will your activity support?

Basic education and literacy

Involving the community to support programs that strengthen the capacity

of communities to provide basic education and literacy to all; Increasing adult

Community Needs

The community is lacking adequate shelter/warmth, adequate nutrition and

knowledge in nutrition, medical access and work capacity that are needed to

be competitive in the job market.

Building Capacity: Hacienda de la labor has been identified by the Chapala

Municipality as a low economic area. There has been a lack of industrial

work or private business' in the community. In a community survey 83%

stated in the last 5-10 years there has not been an opportunity for work in

the community. Of those who work, 86% of the individuals travel outside the

community. 76% of the families do not have anyone working in their family.

There is a state prison that is located on the same road as the village. One

member of the village is employed at the prison.

Of the 24% that had a member of their family working, 4 of the individuals worked 45 - 92 hours a week.

Only 4 people work in the Hacienda de la labor


Education: There are adults and youth of the community who have only

completed 6th grade or less. During 2017 it was observed that there are

who adults do not read or read well and are unable to write at a competent

level. We are aware of a lack of competency in children, ages 7-11 through

directed activities we provided over the last year.

There are 3 computers in the school. Internet access is available, to those

who can afford the service, via smartphones or land lines.

Measuring Project Impact

Number of adults receiving

literacy training

Number of benefiting school-age children

Number of adults using new

literacy skills

Economic and community development

Building the capacity of entrepreneurs, community leaders, local

organizations, and community networks to support economic development in impoverished communities.

Measuring Project Impact

Number of individuals



This Global Grant is featured at this Rotary Showcase Link; http://tinyurl.com/y8ptrvtc

Primary Host Partner

District: 4140

Rotary Club of: Ajijic

Primary Contact: Mac Whyte

Email: macrotario@gmail.com

Primary International Partner

District: 5240

Rotary Club of: E-Club of One World D5240

Primary Contact: Bill Boyd

Email: blkcrow39@gmail.com

Project Status

Need $19,324
This project needs to receive some pledges to go to the next level. Please check the "Financing" tab to see the list of current pledges. Once the amount pledged is equal to the project budget, the status of the project will be automatically changed to "Fully Pledged".
Click here to pledge support for this project.

Project listed for the 2018-19 Rotary Year.

The TRF Grant application number is #1984269.

Proposed Financing

Existing Contributions Towards This Project





Ajijic (4140)





E-Club of One World D5240 (5240)





Prescott-Frontier (5495)





Prescott-Sunup (5495)





Catalina (Tucson) (5500)





Remaining Amount to Raise

Additional Club Contribution (Needed) - Add a contribution




Amount Requested from The Rotary Foundation






DDF contributions in grey are pending approval of the corresponding district committee.

Note: as of July 1, 2015 there is a 5% additional support fee for cash contributions. This fee does not appear in the financials above because it does not apply if the funds are sent directly to the project account (without going through TRF, and therefore without Paul Harris credit). Clubs sending their cash contribution to TRF must be aware they will have to send an additional 5%.

Project Supporting Documents

Project Photos

History Log Entries


System Entry

System Entry: Creation of project page.


by Mac Whyte

System Entry: Pledge of $1,000 with $3,500 DDF by Noel DeSousa of the Rotary Club of Prescott-Frontier, District 5495.


by Mac Whyte

System Entry: Pledge of $500 by Todd Clancy of the Rotary Club of Prescott-Sunup, District 5495.


by Mac Whyte

System Entry: Pledge of $2,000 by Barbara Kiernan of the Rotary Club of Tucson, District 5500.


by Mac Whyte

System Entry: Pledge of $2,000 by Barbara Kiernan of the Rotary Club of Catalina (Tucson), District 5500.

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