International Women's Club of Mexico City supports the following charities: Hospital General de Tlalneptla, Albergue Infantil-Ines Maria Gasca A.C., and Ora de Casa. Supporting these charities is a great way to get involved in and give back to your new community.
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Hospital General de Tlalnepantla
Members meet monthly to make baby blankets for young mothers. Years ago a Newcomers member saw babies going home wrapped in newspapers and got into action making simple blankets for the new mothers to wrap their babies in. You do not need to know how to sew, we even provide the scissors! Our goal each month is to cut 150 or more blankets from a bolt of fabric, while visiting and getting to know one another.
The charity team also collects donations for the hospital dependent on the particular need any given month.
Additional donations are made to the hospital for 'Despensas' (pantry items), providing basic food products to their patients with AIDS.
Albergue Infantil-Ines Maria Gasca, A.C.
Founded over 90 years ago, this is an orphanage in San Miguel de Chapultepec run by Catholic Nuns for girls between the ages of 3 and 18. These girls come from extremely poor families, and the orphanage provides for the girls' basic needs; clothing, food, schooling, books, and medical needs. On average there are about 25 girls that live in the home.
Through the Charity team, IWC members coordinate monthly lunches, special parties for the girls, and offer tutoring. IWC also coordinates other donations such as clothing, toiletries, and food. The girls are a delight to work with, and are very appreciative of the time and attention that we give.
Casa de Ora (Fundación Ora)
Often referred to as the San Fernando Luncheon, on the 3rd Monday of every month volunteers gather to prepare a meal for hungry senior citizens. The day starts at 10 am at Ora Hernandez's home, where we prepare a hot meal for approximately 150 seniors in the community of San Fernando. At noon, this food is loaded into our cars and vans for delivery to San Fernando, located near Interlomas. Volunteers set out the food and distribute lunch plates to the seniors, followed by birthday cake and a simple gift for the seniors celebrating a birthday that month. We typically wrap up the day by 3pm.
You do not need to know how to cook to help. You can volunteer to help prepare the food and gifts at Ora's from 10-12, or you can help by meeting us to pass out the food, or do both. During the year Ora has several fund raising events that you can participate in. Take a look at a short documentary about Ora's Foundation by clicking here.