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Happy Summer to our Donors and to the People LACA Serves

The President’s Message

Dear LACA Friends, Another   year   has   passed   and   the   baton   for   LACA   president   has   been   passed   on   to   me   by   our past   president   Josie   Zertuche.      I   want   to   thank   Josie   for   the   tremendous   job   that   she   did   as   our past   president   this   last   year.         This   last   year   was   an   opportunity   for   LACA   to   reorganize   in order   to   pave   the   way   for   the   future.      Josie   was   truly   amazing   with   her   leadership   abilities   and her   great   organizational   skills.      Through   a   lot   of   time   consuming   efforts,   Josie   was   able   to create   transparency   for   all   of   our   projects   which   created   efficiency   with   time   and   money   for our   future.      I   cannot   thank   her   enough   for   her   tireless   devotion   to   LACA.      She   will   be   a   hard   act to follow. I   would   also   like   to   thank   the   following   board   members   who   helped   to   keep   LACA   organized and viable: Jesse   Canchola,   our   current   Vice   President,   past   Vice   President,   and   past   president   (what   yrs?) continued   to   create   beautiful   newsletters   and   took   on   the   tireless   task   of   laisson   for   our project   in   Tarahumara.      After   many   hours   of   communication   with   our   representatives   there,     he   was   very   instrumental   in   helping   our   project   there   progress   efficiently.      Jesse   always   helps with whatever task is needed.  Very reliable! Raquel   Aguayo-Riffel,   our   treasurer,      worked   tirelessly   to   clarify   past   and   present   finances   of LACA,   kept   track   of   donations,      sent   out   thank   you   cards,   assisted   Jesse   with   the   Tarahumara project,   and   meticulously,   and   I      mean   meticulously,   kept   our   board   abreast   of   past,   present, and   future   financial   responsibilities   of   LACA   through   her   detailed   graphs.      Her   countless   hours of work were vital to LACA so that we could properly budget for the future.  Incredible! Marisa   Mendez,   our   secretary,      kept   our   meetings   documented   for   our   board   minutes   and     offered   some   great   ideas   that   we   loved   and   have   actually   implemented.      It's   amazing   that   she makes time to devote to LACA even though she's a very busy new mother.   Awesome! Walt   Turner,   our   legal   counsel,   continued   to   generously   offer   his   beautiful   office   for   our   board meetings.  He's generally quiet, but when he speaks he has given us sound advice.  Thank you! Elvia   Villalobos,   our   past   president   from   2013   and   2014,      helped   to   provide   some   necessary documentation    in    order    to    help    create    transparency.        She    has    a    positive    attitude,    is motivational, and always willing to do whatever she could to help LACA. Much appreciated! Geralyn   Martinez,      who   travels   from   quite   a   distance   to   get   to   our   meetings,   was   always religious   about   attending   meetings   and   also   offered   great   ideas   and   her   help   whenever   asked.     You could count on her to follow through with whatever she promised.  Impressive! Karena   McKinney   was   instrumental   in   offering   exciting   ideas   on   how   to   possibly   write   grants for   some   relevant   projects   and   possibly   create   a   travel   expedition   to   personally   witness   some of   the   progress   of   our   projects   in   order   to   evaluate   how   they   could   be   developed   further.      Her attention   to   detail   in   specifying   guidelines   was   greatly   needed   and   appreciated.      I   love   her peaceful spirit and great smile! Last   but   not   least,      we   welcome   Catherine   Brozena   to   our   board   this   year   and   look   forward   to learning   more   about   fundraising   from   her.      As   you   will   read   about   her   in   our   newsletter,      she has   extensive   experience   with   communications   and   consumer   relations.      We   appreciate   her offer to share her talent to benefit those in need. Thank   you   to   all   of   our   board   members,   past   and   present,      for   helping   to   implement   what   you, our   donors,      have   asked   us   to   fulfill.      We   really   appreciate   your   generosity   and   our   board   is here   to   serve   you   and   make   sure   that   your   donations   continue   to   be   appropriated   for   the fabulous   projects   that   LACA   supports.      This   year,   as   your   president,   I   ask   you,   dear   friends,   to help   us   keep   projects   alive   through   your   generous   donations.      You   are   very   important   to   us because   without   you,      we   would   not   be   able   to   continue   the   work   that   our   founder,   Lillian Trillo   started   over   20   years   ago.   I   am   so   touched   when   I   hear   of   stories   of   how   someone donated   money   to   LACA   even   though   their   family   had   their   own   hardships,   yet   somehow   they found   a   way   to   give   something   to   others   in   need.   How   gracious,      kind,   and   selfless!      We   greatly appreciate   all   donations,   big   or   small.      It   doesn't   matter.      What   does   matter   is   that   you   are willing   to   help   in   any   way   you   can.      Please   make   the   effort   to   read   through   our   newsletter   and consider    donating    something    to    one    of    our    worthwhile    projects.    And    remember,        your generosity   will   certainly   directly   benefit   someone   that   genuinely   needs   your   support.      Isn't   it nice   to   know   that   even   a   few   dollars   helps   someone   less   fortunate   to   pave   a   better   future   for them   and   their   families?      LACA   indeed   is   a   wonderful   foundation   where   you   can   really   make   a difference for someone. Wishes can come true through you! Sincerely, Alexis  Lawson President, LACA Foundation

The Founder’s Message

LACA’s mission, since the very beginning, has always been focused toward the poorest of the poor.  Initially, we began our efforts in Honduras, the most poverty-stricken country of Latin America.  Later we spread to six other countries:  Haiti, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Mexico, Guatemala, and Panama.  During my term as founder and board president, we financed 35 water systems; funded homes for the poor; educated promising, poor youngsters; and took medical teams to the medically under served.  LACA also supported an empowerment of women program in Panama and funded a daycare center in the poor area of Ciudad Delgado in El Salvador. My vision is that LACA continues to focus its efforts on the poorest and less fortunate of Latin America.  Yours,  Lillian R. Trillo, Founder and President Emerita

Donate to LACA Online

All donations are tax deductible to the degree allowed by the IRS. Donate now using Paypal. It's fast, free, and secure. Click here for full donation options or use the "Donate" button below for a direct donation using PayPal.  It’s fast, free and secure.  A PayPal account is not necessary.  Your donation will help us to better serve those in need by providing educational opportunities, health services and direct aid wherever needed in Latin America. Contact Us LACA Foundation PO BOX 21000 Castro Valley, California 94546 USA Phone: (510) 259-9332
LACA Foundation

a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity dedicated to improving the lives of the rural poor in Latin America

©  2016 by The LACA Foundation.  All rights Reserved.

Latin America Community Assistance

Foundation

Happy Summer to our Donors and to the People

LACA Serves

The President’s Message

Dear LACA Friends, Another   year   has   passed   and   the   baton   for   LACA president   has   been   passed   on   to   me   by   our   past president   Josie   Zertuche.      I   want   to   thank   Josie   for the    tremendous    job    that    she    did    as    our    past president    this    last    year.            This    last    year    was    an opportunity   for   LACA   to   reorganize   in   order   to   pave the   way   for   the   future.      Josie   was   truly   amazing   with her   leadership   abilities   and   her   great   organizational skills.      Through   a   lot   of   time   consuming   efforts,   Josie was    able    to    create    transparency    for    all    of    our projects    which    created    efficiency    with    time    and money   for   our   future.      I   cannot   thank   her   enough for   her   tireless   devotion   to   LACA.      She   will   be   a   hard act to follow. I    would    also    like    to    thank    the    following    board members   who   helped   to   keep   LACA   organized   and viable: Jesse   Canchola,   our   current   Vice   President,   past   Vice President,   and   past   president   (what   yrs?)   continued to    create    beautiful    newsletters    and    took    on    the tireless   task   of   laisson   for   our   project   in   Tarahumara.     After     many     hours     of     communication     with     our representatives   there,      he   was   very   instrumental   in helping   our   project   there   progress   efficiently.      Jesse always   helps   with   whatever   task   is   needed.      Very reliable! Raquel      Aguayo-Riffel,      our      treasurer,            worked tirelessly    to    clarify    past    and    present    finances    of LACA,   kept   track   of   donations,      sent   out   thank   you cards,   assisted   Jesse   with   the   Tarahumara   project, and   meticulously,   and   I      mean   meticulously,   kept   our board   abreast   of   past,   present,   and   future   financial responsibilities   of   LACA   through   her   detailed   graphs.     Her   countless   hours   of   work   were   vital   to   LACA   so that    we    could    properly    budget    for    the    future.      Incredible! Marisa   Mendez,   our   secretary,      kept   our   meetings documented    for    our    board    minutes    and        offered some   great   ideas   that   we   loved   and   have   actually implemented.      It's   amazing   that   she   makes   time   to devote   to   LACA   even   though   she's   a   very   busy   new mother.   Awesome! Walt     Turner,     our     legal     counsel,     continued     to generously   offer   his   beautiful   office   for   our   board meetings.      He's   generally   quiet,   but   when   he   speaks he has given us sound advice.  Thank you! Elvia   Villalobos,   our   past   president   from   2013   and 2014,            helped      to      provide      some      necessary documentation   in   order   to   help   create   transparency.     She    has    a    positive    attitude,    is    motivational,    and always    willing    to    do    whatever    she    could    to    help LACA. Much appreciated! Geralyn   Martinez,      who   travels   from   quite   a   distance to   get   to   our   meetings,   was   always   religious   about attending   meetings   and   also   offered   great   ideas   and her   help   whenever   asked.      You   could   count   on   her   to follow      through      with      whatever      she      promised.        Impressive! Karena     McKinney     was     instrumental     in     offering exciting   ideas   on   how   to   possibly   write   grants   for some   relevant   projects   and   possibly   create   a   travel expedition     to     personally     witness     some     of     the progress   of   our   projects   in   order   to   evaluate   how they   could   be   developed   further.      Her   attention   to detail    in    specifying    guidelines    was    greatly    needed and   appreciated.      I   love   her   peaceful   spirit   and   great smile! Last   but   not   least,      we   welcome   Catherine   Brozena to   our   board   this   year   and   look   forward   to   learning more   about   fundraising   from   her.      As   you   will   read about    her    in    our    newsletter,        she    has    extensive experience     with     communications     and     consumer relations.        We    appreciate    her    offer    to    share    her talent to benefit those in need. Thank   you   to   all   of   our   board   members,   past   and present,      for   helping   to   implement   what   you,   our donors,          have     asked     us     to     fulfill.          We     really appreciate   your   generosity   and   our   board   is   here   to serve    you    and    make    sure    that    your    donations continue     to     be     appropriated     for     the     fabulous projects    that    LACA    supports.        This    year,    as    your president,   I   ask   you,   dear   friends,   to   help   us   keep projects    alive    through    your    generous    donations.      You   are   very   important   to   us   because   without   you,     we   would   not   be   able   to   continue   the   work   that   our founder,   Lillian   Trillo   started   over   20   years   ago.   I   am so   touched   when   I   hear   of   stories   of   how   someone donated   money   to   LACA   even   though   their   family had   their   own   hardships,   yet   somehow   they   found   a way    to    give    something    to    others    in    need.    How gracious,      kind,   and   selfless!      We   greatly   appreciate all   donations,   big   or   small.      It   doesn't   matter.      What does   matter   is   that   you   are   willing   to   help   in   any   way you   can.      Please   make   the   effort   to   read   through   our newsletter   and   consider   donating   something   to   one of   our   worthwhile   projects.   And   remember,      your generosity    will    certainly    directly    benefit    someone that   genuinely   needs   your   support.      Isn't   it   nice   to know   that   even   a   few   dollars   helps   someone   less fortunate   to   pave   a   better   future   for   them   and   their families?      LACA   indeed   is   a   wonderful   foundation where     you     can     really     make     a     difference     for someone. Wishes can come true through you! Sincerely, Alexis  Lawson President, LACA Foundation

The Founder’s Message

LACA’s mission, since the very beginning, has always been focused toward the poorest of the poor.  Initially, we began our efforts in Honduras, the most poverty-stricken country of Latin America.  Later we spread to six other countries:  Haiti, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Mexico, Guatemala, and Panama.  During my term as founder and board president, we financed 35 water systems; funded homes for the poor; educated promising, poor youngsters; and took medical teams to the medically under served.  LACA also supported an empowerment of women program in Panama and funded a daycare center in the poor area of Ciudad Delgado in El Salvador. My vision is that LACA continues to focus its efforts on the poorest and less fortunate of Latin America.  Yours,  Lillian R. Trillo, Founder and President Emerita

Donate to LACA Online

All donations are tax deductible to the degree allowed by the IRS. Donate now using Paypal. It's fast, free, and secure. Click here for full donation options or use the "Donate" button below for a direct donation using PayPal.  It’s fast, free and secure.  A PayPal account is not necessary.  Your donation will help us to better serve those in need by providing educational opportunities, health services and direct aid wherever needed in Latin America. Contact Us LACA Foundation PO BOX 21000 Castro Valley, California 94546 USA Phone: (510) 259-9332
LACA Foundation