Who is NCA?
Los Niños de Chapala y Ajijic, A.C. (NCA) is a non-profit, charitable organization, incorporated and registered in 1977 in Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico. NCA is recognized by the Mexican government (SAT Hacienda) and Instituto Jalisciense de Asistencia Social (IJAS). Our RFC Number is NCA-770930-ME5. NCA submits semi-annual financial reports to IJAS, and also submits all major fundraising activities to IJAS for approval. As of the first of October, 2012, we currently have more than 190 children actively sponsored.
What do we do?
Scholarships for Education. NCA assists qualifying, needy children and young adults in the Lake Chapala area (from Ixtlahuacán de los Membrillos to Jocotepec) to achieve their maximum educational potential by supporting the cost of their school tuition fees, books, supplies and special clothing, and where indicated, by providing an income supplement and/or assistance with related medical needs. NCA has helped well in excess of 1000 children over the past thirty-five years. Some beneficiaries of NCA are now practicing lawyers, doctors, accountants, marine biologists and engineers.
Accountability. As a non-profit, NCA is run by its board of directors and employees. We are the go-between between our sponsors, volunteer fundraisers, and families of the students we have sponsored for money donated and raised. We operate with a very low overhead, 95% of money donated to our students go directly to pay for their education related expenses. Only 5% goes to office overhead and staff expenses. Remaining funds for employee wages and office expenses come from our fund-raising activities. We have very strict controls and procedures in place to track all donations and funds raised to ensure that all expenses and funds paid out to our students are accounted for. NCA is one of the few lakeside charities that is recognized by IJAS.
A Community Organization. NCA is a volunteer-based, hands-on organization, supported by several local community fund-raising groups and activities. This local community support enables NCA to guarantee that 95% of all donated sponsorship funds are received directly by the children. Local community support helps pay for the Chapala project office and staff.
Personal Sponsors. NCA’s principal individual benefactors (sponsors) are Canadians and Americans living either north of the US / Mexican border or residents of the Lake Chapala area. The children and young adults range from kindergarten to University. Among our graduates is a young lady who is now a Marine Biologist and, most recently, a graduate Doctor!
Group Sponsors. NCA is supported by a number of local and international organizations. These include:
- The Outreach Arm of St. Andrew’s Anglican Church
- Lakeside Presbyterian Church
- The International Chili Cook-Off (A local annual event)
- Instituto Jalisciense de Asistencia Social (IJAS – Jalisco government)
- The American Legion
- The DAR
- Your Board Members
How do we work?
Student Evaluation. NCA maintains a Student Support Centre (The Jeanie Swentic Centre for Education) in Chapala. We maintain contact with the local Mexican community and identify families and children who are in need of our services. Profiles are taken, and those who meet our criteria – combining an 8.0 point GPA with low income – are added to our growing list of children seeking sponsors.
Additional Services. Our Chapala office serves as a centre for remedial tuition classes for those students who require extra help. We also provide English classes in association with IDEFT, a Jalisco state organization dedicated to teaching job-enhancing skills to young adults and, and free-of-charge access to the internet for all of our students.
Finding Sponsors. Information about eligible students is made available to all potential sponsors, with but a few waiting to be helped, and some are posted on this website. The children and their situations are featured in local community publications and in the NCA newsletter that we mail or e-mail to our members and potential sponsors. Typically the information NCA provides includes the family social and financial circumstances and the child’s profile and school situation. Using this information we determine the recommended sponsorship level to our existing and new sponsors.
Becoming a Sponsor. Anyone interested in sponsoring a student should call to the numbers indicated in the Contact Us page or via e-mail. NCA will provide access to our files containing the pictures and descriptions of the students available for sponsorship. Additionally, on our website you will find a number of the profiles of a few of these students. For non-Lakeside residence, we can FAX or e-mail this information. All donations, large or small are welcome. A US or Canadian dollar goes a long way in Mexico. Cheques should be made payable to Los Niños de Chapala y Ajijic, A.C. and mailed to one of the addresses on our Contact US page.