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Thank you for joining us

Thank you very much for having joined us for the Day of the Dead event last week. Your support is truly appreciated!

Liga MAC’s beloved volunteer Lynn Lewis won the silent auction that night. Our sincere appreciation goes to Bruce Herman for his generous contribution.

 
Thank you to Chefs Tadd Chapman and Edgar Roman for having opened the doors of Don Sanchez Restaurant to us!
 
Our recognition to Lunas de Fuego, Clase Azul Spirits and guitarist Daniel D Linzanka.
 


Our gratittude also goes to our friend Judy Harvey for doing this beautiful video.

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Organic Market

La Huerta Maria

When buying from the local farmers, stop by our booth to grab a reusable bag for your groceries, or a good book to read at the beach. Starting Saturday November 2nd, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm our volunteers will be there to chat with you about our impact in the community. See map here

The Shoppes at Palmilla

Starting Friday, November 8th, 9am to 1pm. You’ll find there a selection of our used books and great items for your donations. You can also drop your in-kind donations. Our friendly volunteers are always happy to share with you Liga MAC’s work in favor of the San Jose del Cabo community. See map here

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Donation Center

Liga MAC’s Volunteers are back for a new season of community outreach. Come to visit and learn more about us, meet new friends, find some hidden treasures and help us educate more than 300 young students!

Donation Center

Located in Colonia El Chamizal on Paseo de Los Marinos (See map) our Donation Center will be open Saturdays & Tuesdays, 8am to 1pm starting November 2nd, 2019. We accept all clean, lightly used clothing, books, household appliances, furniture, etc. We can arrange to pick up large donations as well.

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Bruce Herman present in Day of the Dead Event

Award winning photographer Bruce Herman is donating a beautiful framed image for a silent auction at our “Day of the Dead Dinner Show ” event on Friday, November 1st, 2019 at Don Sanchez Restaurant.
 
There will also be a photo exhibition and Bruce will be present, telling colorful stories of his more than 25 years photographing this very traditional, important, and unique Mexican celebration.
 
Decorate your home with Mexican Culture and help the kids of Liga MAC.
 
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Day of the Dead

To benefit Liga MAC´s students.

November 1st. 2019

6 – 9pm

At Don Sanchez Restaurant, live show Animas Danzantes by Lunas de Fuego.

Donation per person 65usd

Reservation by OpenTable or at 6242449604 with Gabriel Montealegre.

3 course dinner served to the table, family style; National beer, Margaritas & signature Mezcal Cocktail included.

Blvd. Mijares s/n int. 3 edificio Eclipse. Downtown San José del Cabo.

www.donsanchezrestaurant.com

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New 501 (c) 3

Dear Liga MAC Friends & Supporters,
 
We are very excited to let you know that LIGA MAC will be transitioning our U.S. donors to a new 501c3 charity for the purposes of issuing U.S. tax receipts for donations to Liga MAC. 
 
The Baja Community Foundation is a 501(c) 3 registered in the state of Washington and with the US Internal Revenue Service. This charitable foundation supports LIGA MAC and will allow us to maximize your donation by eliminating service fees. This means that we will be able to use 100% of your donation towards helping our students achieve their goals. 
 
Donations by US citizens are 100% tax deductible. The Baja Community Foundation is supported by many volunteers. Our heartfelt appreciation goes to Bill Cornelius for making this possible.
 
Donating to Liga MAC through BCF is very easy! Just click HERE
 
For Canadian donors and Mexican donors, we are already able to provide service charge free tax receipts. Click here to see those options.
 
Thank you for your continuous support,
 
Elva Haro
Executive Director
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Summer Newsletter

WE PREPARED OUR KIDS TO BE READY TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL

This Summer we were very busy working on our annual registration process. The 2018-2019 school year ended, and in view of the new 2019-2020 cycle, we have reviewed the 300+ files of the students that we supported during the last 12 months. In addition, we screened 263 new candidates. Don’t miss the STATUS REPORT section to see more details on our Educational Support Program.
 
As a result of the process, in early July we accepted 328 kids which received the package of vouchers for mandatory uniforms, shoes, school supplies and tuition fees. By now, all the kids under our wing, have started the new school year ready and motivated.
 
Thanks to your support, these kids have the chance to move forward one more step in their life.
 
Sincerely,
 
All of us at Liga MAC.
 
STATUS REPORT
We graduated 69 students from high-school, and 7 more obtained a B.S. Degree! See Full Report Here
WINGS SEMINAR
Wings is the Sex Education Seminar Liga MAC offers its female scholars. The purpose of the seminar is to prevent school dropout and teen pregnancy.  
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HEALTH THROUG EDUCATION
The goal of Liga MAC’s Health through Education Program is to create a change in the life style habits of our scholars to further encourage and help decrease overweight and obesity.
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UPCOMING LIGA MAC EVENTS:


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November 1, 2019 – Day of the Dead Dinner Show at Don Sanchez
December 3, 2019– Xmas Fiesta at Palmilla Shoppes.
February 6, 2020: Annual Fundraiser Gala at Club Campestre Beach Club

SHOP NOW AND BRING YOUR XMAS GIFT TO THE CHRISTMAS FIESTA FOR ONE STUDENT!

Sales on school supplies are all over now that the school year has started. Liga MAC celebrates the kick-off of the Holiday Season every year in December. In advance of our Spirit of Giving celebration, we kindly invite you to remember our scholars, who receive a Christmas gift thanks to in-kind donations received at our annual Christmas Fiesta. Next time you go shopping, please add to your cart a discounted ítem, and help us to put a smile on the face of one young student. 

Click HERE to see some ideas for gifts
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Wings Seminar

WE HAVE SUCCESSFULLY FINISHED THE 15TH EDITION OF “WINGS”, OUR SEX EDUCATION SEMINAR FOR FEMALE STUDENTS

Wings is the Sex Education Seminar Liga MAC offers its female scholars. The purpose of the seminar is to prevent school dropout and teen pregnancy. According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Mexico stands amongst its members for its high rate of teen pregnancy, with 66 births per 1,000 women between the ages of 15 and 19 (https://www.oecd.org/els/soc/SF_2_3_Age_mothers_childbirth.pdf
Octubre, 2018.) In Los Cabos, the situation is significant as well.

The local Health Department registered 64 pregnant teens during the first quarter of 2018, in the San Jose del Cabo area only. In June, we carried out the 15th annual edition of our sex seminar, in which 25 young female students participated from amongst the 150 total female scholars that we have registered in our education program.


The seminar helped the girls to expand their vision about sexuality by using different pedagogic tools, including game playing and the Re-Encounter Therapy (*). Another important goal of the seminar is to raise awareness on gender inequality and violence. (*) Developed by Fina Sanz, PhD. in
Spain. http://www.institutoterapiareencuentro.org/terapia-de-reencuentro/)
The seminar was delivered in five morning sessions.

Heddy Villaseñor, psychologist and sex educator with more than 35 years of experience, was in charge of this subject matter.


The seminar also included a guided tour to Costco, which helped the young ladies to understand the importance of having an education as a means to climb the corporate ladder. Education is key to better one’s life, which implies being self sufficient and to be free to making choices. That is
why we strongly motivate our students to keep on studying and prepare for their future; so they can decide (or not) to have children at the right time.
The seminar closed with a fun outdoor activities program at the beach. Team work, problem solving and communication skills were important ingredients of the organized activities. The girls also had the chance to enjoy themselves as teenagers and forget for a few hours all the responsibilities that some of them have at their young age.

This session was led by physical educator and psychologist Celia Villalobos, who has over 35 years of teaching experience.


Our thankful appreciation goes to volunteers Heddy Villaseñor and Celia Villalobos, the authorities of the Municipal Women’s Office for loaning the use their facilites, the Human Resources Department of Costco, and the Staff of Palmilla public beach.

 

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Liga MAC’s Sex Education Program makes it to the 24th World Congress of the World Association for Sexual Health.

Tomas Llamas and Heddy Villaseñor, the licensed psychologists and sex educators that created “Eagles”, the sex seminar for Liga MAC male scholars, considered the work done together with Liga MAC worthy to be presented in an international congress. The proposal was accepted and given the space for a formal presentation.

Llamas, the leading facilitator of the seminar for the last four years has taught various generations of Liga MAC young men. He will be in charge of presenting the results of the program to the 24th World Congress of the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS) & XII Congreso Nacional de Educación Sexual y Sexología to be held in Mexico City, October 12–15, 2019.

The importance and novelty of Liga MAC’s Sex Seminar lies in the age of the participants, the emphasis on fighting macho thinking, and the combination of pedagogies. The seminar teaches the boys new and peaceful ways to relate with others, rejecting violence and agression as the standard ways to be a man including how to be loving caretakers and the importance to take good care of their health

At the end of the 5-session seminar, the boys also sketched a personal life project and have reconsidered their view of women, and their present and future relationship with them.

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