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THE FIX

NEWSLETTER


Chief Editor: Cynthia De la Garza Editors: Patricio Montemayor Cristina Puente Reporters: Isabel Alfaro Andres Bortoni

MEET THE STAFF

Alfredo Cano Damian De la Garza Arantxa Durán Sara Ferrara Regina Garza Yasmin Hamed Juan Carlos Herrera Alberto Hinojosa Marcelo Jaime Dany Longoria Alejandro Mendoza Viko Morales Regina Perez Jose Ramón Rodríguez Marifer Ruiz Sofia Sanches Fer Santos Luis Zambrano

Office: B203 Head of class and support: Mrs. McDonald Design: Cynthia De la Garza Special contributors: All interviewees

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Greetings, dear reader. If I were you, I’d take a moment to put away any negative thoughts into a box in a corner of my mind. Welcome to a newsletter that’s full of articles, reports and interviews about things you’ve not used to hear lately - yes, all of them are about positive aspects of our city. The role models and institutons featured in the next pages are all fighting for the cause of helping others and promoting activities anyone can join. The motive of this publication is to show how any person – like a you or a me – can do something that impacts our world. Of course, one must start little – the first step is changing your perspectives and opening your eyed widely. Turn you personal lightbulb on and brainstorm on what you can do now. Invite others to do so too; doing good things is contagious. This way, we’ll form a big web of connected lightbulbs and together bright up our present. That’s why we’re The Fix: we’re here to make things right and spread the light. Now’s the time to start.

Cynthia De la Garza Chief Editor

EDITOR’S NOTE

We all have a lightbulb inside of us.

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BACKGROUND INFO. If you’ve ever driven through Morones Prieto, I’m sure you’ve seen what is locally known as Acción Poética. You may know this as the inspiring phrases, such as “Somos gente pasando” or “Soñe que me querias” that we see in the middle of our urban life styles. I believe they serve as an inspiration for our city; these verses create hope and inspire romance in times of agony and violence. The creator of this project is the renewed poet Armando Alanis. This “regio” is making a difference in the community by continuing to motivate love throughout our district. In addition to being the creator of Acción Poética he has written a number of books, among them Carrusel, Gritar por poder gritar, & Náufrago cantando un himno urbano. (Which was translated to French!). The Fix was able to score an awesome interview with him.

ACCIÓN POÉTICA: The origin of Monterrey’s stained walls BY FER SANTOS

THE CHAT. The Fix: At what age did you write your first poem, why did you? Armando Alanis: In secondary school, I was about 13 or 14 years old, I did it because there was a girl I liked and I thought my poems could win her heart, she liked it of course, but only the poem. I, on the other hand, did not, but I kept writing not to her or any girl in particular, I realized that while reading poetry the world looked different, the world looked better and you can understand many things when getting close to reading and literature. TF: How did the idea of Acción Poética arise and what was your first verse? AA: It started in 1996 and it was so spontaneous. I just thought I'd share with the people the verses I choose and the phrases that I like. I write and I have some books published so I worry about the reading level of my society, I do not know if people are encouraged to read from the hook provoked by the things I do, if that were so I'll be happy but not satisfied. Poetry deserves to be part of the landscape and that is another reason why I do this project, the first verse was a very long love poem I wrote in the avenue Morones Prieto, It was long and you could not read it well, that's why now verses and phrases are short, no more than eight or ten words on two lines. (Go on for more)

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TF: How many people are involved in this project? AA: Acción Poética is a one-man group: me. TF: When is it that you paint something new in the walls of Monterrey? AA: I create my art Sunday mornings as long as the weather cooperates. TF: Are you in love? AA: Of course I’m in love. Very much in

“Of course I’m in love. Very much in love.” -Armando Alanís

love. TF: We see your poetry as something that inspires

the

people

of

Monterrey;

especially in these times of trouble do you use AP as a way to inspire love, or just to express your feelings? AA: It's a way to share my poetry, and I love

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realize that we are all sensitive, realize that we can love right away, by doing so, you

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TF: What Keeps you inspired? AA: The love for my city and my peers, my family, my children, the idea is not to add problems to the world, the idea is to make things inspiring, and if others are inspired by your work and acts, then what is better than that? TF: How do you choose the place for your verses? AA: I don't, they choose me.

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haunts us and that reading poetry will make humans, more human. TF: What are the most recent verses you have done? AA: I'm doing a series of verses and phrases that have to do with this whole issue of violence that unfortunately we are living; they are: Una Rafaga de Suspiros (A current of sighs) Que Solo Estalle tu Risa (Just an explosion of laughter)

FROM ZERO TO HERO. Some may not see Armando Alanis as a local hero, only a local artist but I believe that a local artist that strives for hope and inspiration in a broken city makes a local hero. So thank you Armando, for being an inspiration not only for striving writers, but for people who are in a desperate journey for love, hope, romance and any emotion perceived while reading these black words so perfectly placed beneath the urban background.

TF: Do you have government permission to paint on the walls of the city? AA: I usually draw on stray walls that happen to be in sight or are neglected / vandalized. When I do ask for permission, local governments know about the project and sometimes I get offered walls, I'd like to get offered paint though because this is a project that I finance with own resources.

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DESTELLOS DE LUZ BY JUAN CARLOS HERRERA

Destellos de Luz is an organization that helps raise money for kids that have vision disabilities. They help blind people and people with visual problems so they can have a better life. They don't just only raise money, but also organize events like parties, or talks that help them, and develop them for the world. Lore Assad is the one behind the organization, her grandmother Emely Canavati de Assad created Destellos de Luz 30 years ago, but it was formally founded in 1998; and now it seems Lore has taken over with a vision of her own. Lore has created all sorts of fundraisers and events, for example she organized an event for them to play soccer with a ball that makes a noise so they know where it is. They also love to do everything we do, though they have a harder time doing so. Lore dedicates around 1-2 hours a day, and has developed a teen's committee that has changed the organization and everybody in Destellos de Luz. Lore would like to do a second floor where they can have more classrooms, more teachers, and more classes like dance, cooking, poetry, English and more, so their kids could developed better in all the areas of life. This month they have some ¨redondeos¨at different stores, selling bracelets, first communion godfather programs, and they are preparing for two very important events that include a christmas posada for their kids, and the traditional ¨fantasia del regalo¨, which is an event where many stores get together and help Destellos de luz out with some of their own products for kids in the organization. There are approximately 70 volunteers in the organization and 3committee's the teen, woman, and men committee's. They all help make Destellos de Luz a better place for everyone in the organization. This organization will continue to grow and someday Lore's kids can take over and continue to develop this amazing organization.

WE ALL DESERVE THE CHANCE TO SEE.

DON’T MISS THE INFO OUR REPORTER COLLECTED AFTER A CHAT WITH THE PRESIDENT OF THE ORGANIZATION.

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BY YASMIN HAMED

THE BASE.

Destellos de Luz is a program that was founded in 1997 by a group of women that wanted to help people with eye problems. There are many donations and a ton of money has been gathered to make many operations. Since my mother is one of the helpers in Destellos de Luz, I have gone with her to help sometimes and its really great how everyone helps and contributes. This program organizes many events for help. For example, every year in the Palestino they open stores and sell many kinds of stuff like dresses, bags, accessories etc. and all the money goes to the foundation "Destellos de Luz".

THE BRANCH.

There was also another event they did for a long period of time called "Dialogo en la Oscuridad". A man called Andreas Heinecke created it and the program is known worldwide in many places like Milan, Tokyo, Paris and London. This program was brought to Monterrey by and it helped a lot. It was a great experience that you enter a place where everything is completely dark and you get to understand how the blind people feel and how hard it is to not be able to see. You go through different stages like the streets, rain forest, supermarket and others. It is actually real plants and food, so you can smell everything and in the street stage your heard cars pass by and it all seems pretty real. You have lots of fun and you finally understand how they feel or how they handle it. At the end there is a store and you can buy stuff without seeing so you tell the instructor what you want and it is really impressive how they recognize the money when everything is dark and give you the right change. The instructor is always a blind person who is helping you towards this journey. You also have a stick that they use to guide them so its all pretty real to me. "Dialogo en la Oscuridad" began in October 12 of 2006, ended in 2008 and had 111,444 visitants. I had a great experience and I hope they bring it again so everyone could try it. It is a great experience and it is worth it. In total they have done about 5195 eye surgeries and thousands of other different operations during the year. 7


HEALING HEARTS <3 BY DANY LONGORIA Even through these hard times in Mexico, there are people who still find the time and energy to put aside their lives in order to help others. This November 27, of 2010, a group of generous people, who assist a church called La Vid, have organized a medical brigade taking place in “La Isla”, Escobedo. This is an event that takes place about four times a year and has helped many of the people in need around that area where houses are made of cardboard and most cannot afford medical attention. During these medical brigades, around 150 people are assisted, free of charge. All costs for services or tools needed are payed by La Vid or the people volunteering. Some, like the tents, are payed by the government. Volunteers in the brigade are professionals who take their time to come and help these people that desperately need it. Volunteers include about 8 doctors, 8 dentists, a pediatrician, an oftalmologist, an urologist, around 5 hair dressers, some people to take care of the children, and other volunteers to help out as assistants. People who come to the brigade to be assisted are greeted by a receptionist who writes down what kind of service the person needs and gives them a card for them to wait their turn. While the people wait to be assisted, the mothers are given activities to do, like arts and crafts, or they are given talks that help them with issues, like preventing breast cancer. Meanwhile, children who are waiting, watch movies, play games, and are taught about God. Waiting to be assisted, usually takes about 1-2 hours. These medical brigades have taken place for about 2 years now. They began because a woman named Marlene worked as a teacher in a school in that area. She and her husband, Omar, began going to “La Isla”

on Saturdays to help the people there and teach the parents and children about God. One day, Omar contacted a friend of Roberto Quintanilla who led Roberto to that place. Roberto and his wife, Myriam Treviño de Quintanilla, met Omar and Marlene and saw how much poverty and need there was in this place. This moved them to start organizing these medical brigades, along with other friends they have in La Vid. Myriam commented, “I was shocked when I saw the extreme poverty that these people live in. We’ve even seen people arrive to these brigades with wounds that are extremely severe, but they have no access to a doctor. We sometimes have to take them to the hospital to get them fixed up. We help with the expenses don't worry.” Said Myriam This group of volunteers, and the coordinators, Roberto and Myriam, has seen these people that lack so much, and were moved to help. They give up their time and spend long days out in the sun, cutting hair, pulling out teeth, fixing wounds, cleaning tools, and much more, for these people that otherwise, could never dream of affording these services. “It is incredible being able to help these people. Seeing the children getting excited with anything you give them – even giving them a hug. It’s a great way to share God’s love by helping these people.” Commented Roberto, on how he felt about doing the brigades. This team of helpers in the brigades is a great example of people who are reaching out to those in need. They are truly an inspiration, and serve as a motivation for the rest of us. Let's stop whining about whatever it is we're going through, and let's fix it.

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BY ALBERTO HINOJOSA

Ricardo B. Salinas is a Mexican Business man who now runs "Grupo Salinas" which consists of Tv Azteca, Banco Azteca, Usacell and Elektra. His dad started the businesses and inherited them to his sons Ricardo and Guillermo, Ricardo being overall leader and president and Guillermo only being leader of a part of the companies. Since then Ricardo has grown the business to be worth more then 10 times what it was worth when he took control of it. Today Ricardo's "Grupo Salinas" is worth an estimated 4.2 billion dollars and he is ranked as the 3rd most powerful person in Mexico.

Ricardo Salinas isn't just a role model because of his money and ability to turn small businesses into multimillion dollar businesses fast but because will doing this he keeps his feet on the ground. He has founded "Movimiento Azteca" which in a year put together $340 million pesos that went towards feeding 285,000 starving kids for a year, treated 462 kids with cerebral paralysis gave a home, school and food to 186,000 homeless girls and made 125 kidney transplants possible. That is just he beginning there is also "Plantel Azteca" in which 3,000 kids have received free high school education and in which the best student in each generation received $50,000 pesos. "Vive sin Drogas" which is also a foundation of "Grupo Salinas" in which drug addicts which don't have the money to go to a rehabilitation center get rehabilitated for free. "Jugeton" a campaign in which poor kids get free toys in a year this campaign gave away 15 million toys all over the country and it has now expanded into Guatemala too. Ricardo is an example of how with very little of our time and effort we can change our country and also of how no matter how rich or powerful you are you always have time for others. If all of Mexico's rich people did only a small thing in comparison to what he does our country would be thousand times better just his organizations have helped over 500,000 Mexican people. Ricardo once quoted Ghandi at a talk in one of schools that over free education, he got asked why took the time to do all that if he had enough things to do and his answer was "Sean el cambio que quieren ver en el mundo, hasta ahorita no puedo cambiar el mundo pero tratare de mejorar mi pais" visit fundacion azteca and you too can make a change!

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HUAPERROS WHO? WHAT? Sofia Prado, an 18-year-old senior in ASFM began doing an amazing work towards our community that many of us would never imagine and much less consider doing. By giving stray dogs shelter and spaying them, she believes she will go far into turning this project known and appreciated by many. Sofia is truly an example to many teens nowadays that believe to have an ambition but are afraid to go forth. With her role model characteristics, she clearly demonstrates that with a simple passion and disposition to change the current situation, you can go far and do anything you can in order to achieve your goals.

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THE FIX: Explain to us what exactly your project is and how you believe it is affecting our community. SOFIA PRADO: I started to run a nonprofit dog shelter and dog hotel. I rescue dogs from the pound, the streets or dogs that are no longer wanted by their owners. I get them checked by a vet, vaccinated and spayed or neutered before giving them out to responsible people who want to give them a second chance. This project is impacting the community when I rescue strays off the streets but even more so in the spaying and neutering aspect of it all. Spaying and neutering, (esterilizacion o castracion, in Spanish) is an operation that vets perform that does not allow a dog to reproduce. This vital part of my program needs to continue by lessening the number of unwanted dogs in Mexico and fostering an environment for happy pets and responsible owners. TF: What motivated you into doing this and what were your strategies to start fulfilling it? SP: Simply put, my motivation is the animals. I have always felt empathy and love for animals, especially dogs. I can’t help but feel guilty that they are suffering so when we were the ones who domesticated them and put been the increased number of adoptions.

BY SOFIA SANCHES

How can you make sure that your puppies, puppies don’t end up like trash on the street, you can’t, the only solution is to care and spay and neuter your pets. I started by fundraising; I sell “smencils” to cover the costs of some of the vet bills, I also run a non-profit hotel for dogs to cover the rest of the costs of running my organization. I have gotten much support, learning and growth from other shelters with more members and more experience like “Patitas con amor” but other than that the only thing that has changed since the opening of my shelter has been the increased number of adoptions. TF: What types of changes do you expect to come out of this project? SP: I hope this project will bring social change and justice for these animals. I hope people will realize that we are not alone on the planet and we need to forget our apathy and start learning from these amazing animals. Rescued dogs have unique and sometimes depressing stories to them but all of those dogs get back on their feet and continue with their lives, when you rescue a dog they are infinitely great full and loyal to their “hero” because in the eyes of dog, just like the eyes of a child, we are all heroes and good people. Hopefully people will understand that dogs and all animals are not objects or merchandise at our disposal, they are living, feeling beings that deserve better than most of us give them. TF: With what objective in mind did you begin this project? Were you able to reach this goal? If yes, how so? SP: I didn’t have a set goal. I preferred to give myself room to grow. I didn't set a number of adoptions or money raised, I just knew I wanted to help dogs, so far I have felt very satisfied with my accomplishments and have allowed myself to experiment with many things in the dog-rescuing world. I am very excited f or the future and have some big ideas to continue the work of Huaperros. (Don’t miss the next page)

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TF: Are you expecting a certain change in the way people look towards this subject and their “old” reactions? SP: There is a change already in action. Between all of the organizations in Monterrey that what work in what I do we have gotten thousands of adoptions and thousands more minds changed, if not changed shifted or rattled into realizing that there is a problem and that we all have the ability and obligation to fix it. Many people would argue they have nothing to do with stray dogs in Mexico put everything, every choice you make influences them. Selling puppies, breeding dogs, not spaying and neutering are all included. Even if you give your dog’s puppies to good homes how can you control the generations of unwanted and “un pure” animals that will stem from a single one of those puppies. I always try to stress the fact that empathy toward people starts with empathy and respect towards animals, in this way this project not only affects the animals but the wellbeing of people as well. As people open their hearts to homeless animals they make themselves vulnerable to the plight of people as well. TF: Is there someone in particular who you look up to or is taking a similar action that inspired you to do this? If not, how were you able to come up with this unique idea? SP: I was not inspired by anyone. I wanted to do this to help dogs. After four years of working with bigger organizations I have really grown close to many of the members, volunteers and founders. I can’t say I was inspired to start but I am inspired to continue the work by fellow shelter owners that continuously work, tirelessly and full heartedly, committed to a cause as noble as this one is.

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CASA HOGAR DOUGLAS BY JOSE R. RODRIGUEZ La Casa Hogar Douglas is a non-profit organization based in Monterrey Mexico that takes in children in need. Although this description of them might sound suspiciously like the description of an orphanage, they refuse to be called one, since they will take in any child in need, not just orphans, who actually compose a very small portion of their total children, only about 20 of their 86 wards. Most of the children come from very poor backgrounds, where they didn’t receive the emotional, or physical care they needed, so they are brought to the attention of the institution, which receives them with open arms, and provides them with an education, food, and overall healthcare that the children's parents were unable to secure for their children. The institution offers all this to its wards, yet their Principal, Wyman Pylant Jr, states that the most important thing that they give to all their wards is a real sense of home, one that most other people take for granted, but that the kids in the “Casa Hogar Douglas” never have experienced before arriving to the institute. Some of the children's parents, the ones who voluntarily placed the children in the home, even have the opportunity to visit their children after checking them in. The “Casa Hogar” has passed through many difficulties since it was founded in the late 1960’s, like the withdrawal of help from its mother organization, World Missionary Evangelism, based in Dallas Texas, but they have continued providing help to Monterrey’s children, expecting nothing in return, and they plan to continue providing this help to the children for a very, very long time.

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MEXICO IS IN OUR HANDS

FUNDACION FERRARA BY SARA FERRARA BIRTH OF ORGANIZATION. Nowadays it is hard to find good things in our community, somehow we always hear about the bad things but never about the good, In this article you will read about one of the many foundations that is doing good in the world. Fundación Ferrara was created in 2004; in memory of Vicente Ferrara Ferigno (1857-1936) who was the founder of El banco de Nuevo León, Banco mercantil de Mexico and was amongst the founders of Fundidora de Fierro y acero de Monterrey. He also founded two schools: Colegio de Salesianos de Juan Bosco and Del Sagrado Corazón, and was a great leader of the industries. The goal of this assosiation is to eliminate extreme poverty, which affects more than 17% of the Mexican population (about 49.77 million people), through a national program of human development and social reincorporation, based on the collaboration of various rehabilitation centers (Centros de Atención Integral (CIA). They offer programs including: preparation for jobs, education, moral, overcoming and, self-employment.

Fundacion Ferrara works to help these problems and many more: • • Prevention and rehabilitation from drug addictions • Emotional healing and psychotherapy • Helping people get physically and clinically stable • Give people temporary residency • Actualization in academics and preparation for jobs • Emergency attendance to patients without a home • Helping orphan children and teenagers get homes.

Fundacion Ferrara is now working on a big project called: En Nuestras Manos, which is sponsored by Banamex This project has 5 things its working on which will be developed through out the nation in states and municipalities. The five main things the project En Nuestras Manos focuses on are: 1. - Centros de Atención Integral (CAI). (Rehabilitation/help center) 2. - Ciudades deportivas En Nuestras Manos. (Sport centers) 3. - Apoyo a la Infraestructura Educativa y Capacitación Docente. (Education) 4. - Bibliotecas Virtuales En Nuestras Manos. (Libraries) 5. - Construcción de Vivienda En Nuestras Manos. (New houses) These projects reflect the goals that Fundacion Ferrara is trying to achieve.

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Event: Oremos Por Mexico Where: Macro Plaza On Saturday October 23 there were more than ten thousand people to pray for the city. All kinds of religions made their presence in the Macro Plaza Monterrey, Mexico. The people prayed for peace and prayed to the authorities to be powerful and defeat the organized crime. It was not only the people but also the military, policeman, and also church authorities from all over Mexico. It started at about 6 pm in the church "El Salvador" and the people marched all the way to the Macro plaza. The governor Rodrigo Medina assisted the event .The governor shared some words; he said that Nuevo Leonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s citizens need to start honoring their values, and he suggested people to stop any kind of addiction and violence. After the governor spoke, a few sentences were given by a pastor to pray for all families hurt by organized crime in Mexico and asking forgiveness from God for all the sins committed by citizens. The event was so famous that was broadcasted on national television. This event was called OREMOS POR MEXICO.

BY DAMIAN DLG & REGINA PEREZ

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Event: Una oracion por la paz Place: Fatima Church On October 2, 2010 about 500 people got together to pray for peace in Mexico. As we all know, violence plagues our country, especially here in Monterrey. People are worried, which pushes them to want to make a change in order to have peace so that we can all feel safe in our homes. Citizens gathered in the church Fatima and the rosary were led by the priest Juan Jose Hinojosa. The hopeful prayed one rosary and in between every mystery they sang to the Virgin Mary. People were motivated and emotional, hoping for a change and for peace; something that seems out of reach. I myself was among the gathered, and in unison we prayed. I strive to see an immediate change in my home town, even a minimal act of kindness will be enough to spark my hope, because that will inspire our community to continue this battle against organized crime. Praying is one of the ways many Mexican families are hoping to put an end to violence. This is not the first time such an event has been organized. This gathering served as the kick start event that would be followed by many other church groups that prayed again and again for peace, taking advantage that it is the month of the Virgin Mary and of the rosary. This turned out to be a success. There were a lot of people, through out the month of October that prayed in hopes of achieving world peace, and especially peace in Mexico.

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DOES IT SOUND FAMILIAR? Faro is an institution that is based on the formation of new leaders to the world. People here in the institution are opened minded and are to understand the needs of other people and find a way to help them. The institution is doing a great job implanting a leadership seed in the mind of the teenager, and hopefully someday this idea will be set throughout every teenage mind.

THIS IS WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT. THE FIX: When was the institution founded? INTERVIEWEE: The institution was proudly founded 42 years ago, on 1968. TF: What is the institution based on? I: The institution is based on the formation of new positive leaders. The goal that each member has is to create a positive conscience inside of teenagers, in order to plant a leadership seed inside each. TF: Who is in charge of the institution? Are there any co-workers? I: Faro is a huge and not only takes place in Monterrey; it’s a national institution that is not managed by a certain person. There is in fact a directive board that is in charge of having all of the separate stages of the institution maintain order. TF: Is everyone welcome in the institution? Are there any requirements? I: Yes, anyone is welcome; as I just clarified, it is important that you have your mind set to do what is right, and be willing to contribute in a positive way. We base all of our teaching on Catholicism, therefore no catholic aggressors allowed. TF: What activities do integrants of the institution participate on? I: As integrants, we are in charge of promoting ourselves and do this by organizing activities such as a soccer tournament in a national level. We are to invite people from all over the country and spread the word that we are doing what’s right and what should be done. TF: Why did you personally join the institution? Do you enjoy being part of it? I: I personally joined the institution as a member of the “legionaries”, this group then divides into certain sub categories, and the one that interested me the most was this one involving leadership.

I think that the only way of making this world a better place is by helping young people’s minds get set into becoming positive leaders. These people will eventually transmit the message to everyone out there. TF: What is your personal role in Faro? Would things be different if you weren’t part of the institution? I: My personal role is to maintain order with the people who come here, to speak to them and make sure they have a positive mindset, and of course as head of Faro in this area, I am in charge of making sure everything runs smoothly around the building. TF: Does the institution have any supporters? I: The institution has many supporters, all of the people who come into the building to work on their inner self are supporters of the institution, as well as the people who economically help us in order to keep the building standing and having the necessary resources to keep doing a good job. TF: What is the ultimate goal of your institution? I: The ultimate goal that we have as an institution is to create enough positive leaders that we will someday surpass the number of negative leaders. By doing this, in the long run, we can reach global peace.

THE IDEA. As a conclusion, Faro is an institution that everyone can join. The ultimate goal is to make the world a better and more comforting place, a place everybody can call home. This institution is undergoing slow but certain progress and someday they’ll reach what they want. `Don’t be afraid to be the difference, its just a better perspective´´

BY ALFREDO CANO

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CLUB ROTARIOS {SIERRA MADRE} BY MARIFER RUIZ

CHECK THIS OUT. This is an interview to the President of Club Rotarios Sierra Madre here at Monterrey: Sergio Gomez One day we got to meet this wonderful man and his club. Our interest in him sprung from the idea that we wanted to meet some one in our community who is currently helping other and making a better world. We found Sergio because my parents are also involved in Club Sierra Madre. So please continue reading and learn more about this wonderful organization.

INTERVIEW. THE FIX: I know that you are president of this excellent club Rotarios here at Monterrey, but please tell me more about the club's background. Where does it come from? Who started it and why? SERGIO GOMEZ: Rotary International is worldwide organization of many years, more than a hundred, but our club has existed for about 25 years. TF: How long have you been a member of the Rotarian Club? Why and when did you decide to become a part of the club? SG: I joined the Sierra Madre Rotary Club in 2003. When I was turning 50 y reflected on my life and decided that I wanted to do something more, different from what I had doneBy then, my father-in-law who had been a Rotarian all his life told be about Rotary and that I could join his club. I visited his club, however the men his club were much older than me, and I said to myself, "this is not for me, I'm not going to fit in with people 20 years older than me". So I decided to look for other clubs and that's how I met the Club Rotary Sierra Madre.

TF: Now, tell me about your District and what is your job? SG: Our district is called District 4130, which covers a large area of Tamaulipas, Nuevo Le贸n, San Luis Potos铆, part of Hidalgo and Veracruz. The name of our Club is Sierra Madre, and belongs to this district. This district is like a large state with about 51 clubs. The mission of the Rotary Clubs is to help needy people by performing fund-raisers. In our case, every year we have the Paella Festival Fund-raiser event. The money is collected from the entrance fee and the raffle done, and then we find who needs help. Right now we are helping a Nursery house by paying the rent for the place. TF: What types of projects or activities have you done that have made a huge impact to our community? SG: We have helped two nursery houses, and a learning center for disabled children called Effeta. We constructed a cafeteria there. At the other nursery house, we helped by constructing an additional room, a fence and other things that were needed. We have also helped with the maintenance because in these homes the people cannot pay ana are very needy. TF: I've heard about the orphanage you have been helping spread its wings, would you tell me more about it? SG: This nursery house has a great story behind. A great lady as she was passing by her neighborhood saw abandoned children, so she took them to her home. She noticed that these children had no one to take care of them, because the moms had to work and had no money.(Keep reading..)

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Now, she takes care of 45 children, most from single moms or working moms, who cannot take care of them during the day. Some one from our club met this lady and saw that we could help them with a proper place to keep the children. Now, these children are taken care of by this lady and other ladies that help her. The children are picked up at night to go back with their parents. TF: I've heard about the orphanage you have been helping spread its wings, would you tell me more about it? SG: This nursery house has a great story behind. A great lady as she was passing by her neighborhood saw abandoned children, so she took them to her home. She noticed that these children had no one to take care of them, because the moms had to work and had no money. Now, she takes care of 45 children, most from single moms or working moms, who cannot take care of them during the day. Some one from our club met this lady and saw that we could help them with a proper place to keep the children. Now, these children are taken care of by this lady and other ladies that help her. The children are picked up at night to go back with their parents. TF: For future reference, what other projects are you planning to do? SG: Currently, we have fundraisers programmed; however we do not have future plans to start new projects. The next fundraiser is the KM DEL JUGUETE, which consists of forming a long line of toys collected during one day in early December, this year it will take place on November 27. These toys are given to the DIF institution to be distributed among the poor towns of Nuevo León. TF: For the people of Monterrey, is it hard to join Rotary? Can people volunteer to help when ever? SG: The requirements to enter the club are basically by invitation by a present member of the club. That member postulates a description of the new member for voting and once approved, the new member is invited to join the meeting to know the club members. Once both agree to be part of the club, the new member is accepted and can officially join the club.

An initiation ceremony is held to admit the new member. TF: How often do you get together? What do you do or talk about in each meeting? SG: The club has regular meetings every Tuesday of the year. Additionally, the club holds social informal meetings once a month and other meetings are also encouraged with the spouses. Once a year, the club has an end of the year formal meeting where the year’s activities are addressed and the new president for the next year is presented together with the new board members. This is a social gathering where the spouses are invited as well as distinguished members of other clubs and the district governor's representative. TF: Well thank you very much for your time! I guess that you'll be hearing more about volunteers who would like to make a change in this community and are willing to start NOW, like you have! Good luck with everything in the future!

WHY THIS IS AWESOME. Sergio Gomez is a great role model because he took the initiative to do something new with his life. I think Rotary is a great way for adults to complete their life’s as a good citizen. For all adults out there I think you should take Sergio Gomez as a role model and take in action your plan to be a good citizen to your community and especially NOW that here in Monterrey we are having trouble keeping a safe, clean and secure community. Sergio Gomez is already my role model and I am already following his steps by volunteering at the activities organized by Club Rotary Sierra Madre!

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BY MARCELO JAIME

ITS EVOLUTION This institution was first founded 25 years ago in Mexico City, starting its expansion 16 years ago in Monterrey. Presently they have a shelter in 20 states in the Mexican Republic. They shelter pregnant women who do not have any support from anybody. Vida y Familia educates, forms, and trains these women with the finality that they have a better future and can take better care of the baby, and if they do not feel capable of this, they have the option to give it for adoption.

VIDA & FAMILIA

Vida Y Familia is based on four pillars: Embrace pregnant women that have no support so they don't end in abortion, the adoption center, culture of adoption, and the prevention of adolescents doing bad habits. Their main concern is to protect human life against abortion primarily, and to educate the pregnant women to take responsibility on the child they are bearing to make of this boys and girls, strong-willed men and women. They also have a group of select couples that are willing to adopt and form a family with them. Vida y Famila formed this institution not for them, but for the pregnant women that cannot take care of their pregnancies because of lack of money and support. 70% of the women Vida y Familia takes care of decide to keep their babies while the other 30% gives them away to adoption. Another project they carry is to make a positive sense of adoption because before it was a taboo. Each women stays with them for a period of 4 to 8 months. That is why Vida y Familia takes advantage of all the time they have with them, so they can transform them, in character, spiritually and morally. Out of 100% women that attended Vida y Familia during pregnancies, 50% resolved the parental family problem they were horrified dealing with and ended their pregnancies within their families, having a child inside the family and not ending in abortion. They also give motivational speeches to adolescents and young people to convince them of the order of things. First, the relationship, then the marriage, and finally comes the family and not the other way around. This prevents pregnancies before marriages. More than 100,000 youngsters have attended these events and speeches. Many highschools, middle schools and some universities have attended. Vida y Familia is a CA (Civil Association) that does not depend on the government, but SEDESOL supports some projects. They are not lucrative, it is not a business and they stick to the law. They generate the money by doing fundraisers and asking for donations from people, business and, the government.

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ROLE MODELS: KATYA VILLARREAL & ESTELA VILLARREAL JUNCO BY ISABEL ALFARO

UNIDOS

Unidos has always been an organization well known in Monterrey as well as Mexico as a whole that is all about uniting people, handicapped or not, all ages welcomed. Unidos concentrates on everyone having fun while they learn to open themselves to others. Everyone who shows up is bound to have a good time, either by doing skits and art projects, to going on field trips and dance parties. It is an experience that anyone will always remember. So many people through out the years have joined and taken part of Unidos activities since it was found in 1985. The Fix caught up with Katya Villarreal, niece of Estela Villarreal Junco, founder of the program, and one of the 600 active volunteers of the summer program. She told us all about the activities that Unidos has had lately. The most recent event there has been is the Dereven, a program that starts up from every October to Decemeber. Fundraisers, dinners and other external events have also been taking place in benefit of Unidos participants o help them with financial aid and being able to take part of activities they couldn't before such as extra-curricular activities and sports. Katya, who grew up around Unidos, has participated in almost every one of the events they setup. She's been attending in this organization since she was 8, making her the youngest participant to ever be involved in Unidos. She never misses the 4 weeks of the summer program and she is currently involved in activities throughout the school year such as the Dereven. Katya has openly said how Unidos inspired her to want to help her community and ultimately make a better world for all. She has openly talked about the honor it is to be part of Estela Villarreal Junco's family. Since Estela was little, she always wanted her friends to be able to coexist with 2 of her siblings who had Rubinstain Syndrome just like she could. She wanted to make a better community for all. Katya too has felt this need to make a better place for everyone and encourages people to participate in the Dereven and any other recent activities so we can all make that change together.

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WE ARE ALL FILIOS. Have you ever wondered what happens to kids that, having spent a lifetime in an adoption center end up not being adopted and consequently grow up alone? Many of them, reaching adolescence run of to the streets, finding refugee in obscure places, in addictions, without a place to call home, some of them ending their cruel life sentenced in prison. Have you ever thought of the reason why some of us have the luck of having a wonderful home with people who love us, with a bed to sleep in beneath a comforting roof to protect us? If you see beyond your eyes you’ll discover that not everyone have the same luck we have and feel sad and alone. No one has taught them love, that, you can only learn in the crib of a family. All of this was seen by a group of amazingly brilliant women, who compromised to help this urgent necessity in our community, that’s how Filios started. In this interview I will present to you the family of Filios, an organization made to help the kids in our community, making a change in our world.

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DON’T MISS THIS. THE FIX: What is Filios? PILAR SADA: An association that promotes the culture of adoption of children from zero to seven years TF: Who created Filios? PS: A group of women of Monterrey who wondered what happened to the children without parents, if they were adopted or were in institutions for life, and realized that here we had no culture of adopting older children TF: What inspired the founders to start Filios? Or what necessity did they see in our community that led them to take action? PS: The need to encourage the culture of adopting older children here in Mexico TF: What are the main obstacles that Filios face to achieve their goal? PS: The law, since many parents want to adopt, and legal paperwork are very time consuming. TF: What are the means used to achieve the objective? PS: You need a temporary institution where the children can eat, sleep and study, a multi disciplinary team of doctors, psychologists, teachers and nanas, also lawyers to help streamline the legal paperwork to adopt and finally a council to organize events for fundraising

and promoting the organization. TF: Have you seen progress in our community since Filios started? PS: Yes, clearly we’ve seen how the culture of adopting has grown remarkably. TF: What does the word Filios mean? PS: The word Filios is son in Latin, so BY FER SANTOS we can say we are all Filios. TF: What are the differences between Filios and any other adoption center? PS: That we give older kids for adoption, which other adoption centers don’t do because the legal paperwork is more expensive. TF: What are the main reasons for giving your child up for adoption? PS: We have children who are simply abandoned or come from single mothers without financial resources, even children from abused mothers. TF: What is the maximum age at which a child can be adopted and adapt successfully to a family? PS: It depends heavily on the children, but mostly 8 year olds are the maximum age where it’s very easy to adapt to a family. TF: As members of society, what can we do to help spread the culture of adoption in our community? PS: Knowing about it, forming yourself to help, and transmitting others.

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SELIDER

BY ALEX MENDOZA

Selider is a nation-wide organization created in 1988 by Ing.Javier Prieto 22 years ago; since then, he was a young man ready to make a change in this world. This organization is focused on teaching 9th grade boys and girls from all over the country about leadership, social responsibility, values, and how to settle goals in life. There are many cities where you can attend a Selider course: Queretaro, Mexico City, Guadalajara, and Monterrey, where the headquarters are located. Every year there is a seminar in which hundreds of teens and their coordinators from all over the country come to Monterrey and assist this seminar of leadership. Here they are put into mixed groups in which they get to meet other people, learn life lessons, have important guest speakers who are mostly politicians or businessmen, and have fun. I, having been there myself, can say that this is an amazing seminar which inspires and makes many teenagers see that they are key to changing the world and making it a better place. Also, Selider has community service program full of activities every 2 weeks or so (on weekends). These include donating food to less fortunate people, planting trees, painting houses and going to pick up trash/recycle. Many people continue to assists these activities in order to leave their small grain of sand that contributes positively to our world.

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INSTITUTO NUEVO AMANECER The Instituto Nuevo Amanecer is an organization that takes care of children with cerebral paralysis. This institution was created in 1978 after a local marriage was looking for support and therapy for their child that had been diagnosed with this terrible problem. They couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t find a place where their child could receive treatment so they decided to start an institution in where every child with this disability could receive therapy. The institution had a slow start only treating 6 patients with 3 therapist and 2 teachers that would educate them, 30 years later the Nuevo Amanecer has a total of 112 employees and the ability to treat 500 childs annually in 9 different programs. Instituto Nuevo Amanecer hosts various activities year long, in November the institution will host a surprise party for some of the children. These children ask for their dream present which are mainly toys. People can also volunteer to help in this sort of events and they can also take care of a child and learn or experience what its to live under these circumstances. Big companies like Cemex and entrepreneurs donate to the institution so that they can improve their facilities. This institution will continue to grow and their lifestyle will affect more people causing them to learn that giving to someone in need will change their whole perspective of life. BY LUIS ZAMBRANO

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ASFM CSL PRESIDENT: BIBIS SALDANA

BY REGINA GARZA

YOU’VE HEARD THIS. ASFM's community service program welcomes any student to help with our community. We find that to be a great opportunity for all who want to help do best. No one better to get an exclusive look on what the CSL team has to share, but interviewing their president for her thoughts on this.

LEARN MORE THE FIX: Being CSL president, do you have any information you would like to share with us about CSL background? What does CSL staff does that differs from any other community member? BIBIS S: The CSL is an amazing group that is dedicated to the planning and organization of community service activities. The CSL staff is an incredible group of people who willingly help others without thought of personal benefit. These unbelievable people stand out amongst regular citizens; their great hearts are always concerned for the well being of others. I love the staff for the enormous effort and time they give to the CSL; because of them, the CSL is able to run smoothly. TF: What has been the most promising moment for you so far since you joined CSL? BS: Every CSL activity has its special spark and that is why I have always loved being involved in the improvement of the community. I have been going to the Hogar de la Misericordia for a couple of years once a month and I always talked and played with the same girl named Mari. She is barely able to walk and can say only a few of words. The most beautiful moment I have ever experienced is when Mari started to cry, didn’t let go of my hand and spoke my name as I was leaving. It made me feel that my presence was indeed helping the lives of others and that very action counts.

TF: What can you tell us, if you have noticed, about the change helping others can make on one single person? BS: Helping others makes an extraordinary change within everybody. This change is visible when people push their own feelings aside to help others. Many people experience this change in a variety of ways; some people get attached to an orphan, others fall in live with teaching English to underprivileged children, and many simply find happiness in the smiles they bring to the faces of others. Community Service takes people on a journey outside their comfort zone and inspires a feeling of awareness inside everybody. TF: We've all heard about Operation Smile, but we dont know much about it, when was it created? What does it do and how does it help for the better? BS: Operation smile is a children’s charity medical service designed for treating of facial deformations such as cleft lip and cleft palates since 1982. Many of these children are embarrassed of their face and rarely smile because they are afraid to. This charity helps children with facial deformities obtain a smile. CSL promotes the donation to this charity all year close to the end of the second semester; we organize a race to raise money to donate to this charity. TF: Can anyone join CSL? Any upcoming events or projects people can volunteer to help? BS: To join the CSL staff one must apply at the end of the school year and demonstrate an interest for community service. Although if one shows an enormous amount of interest for a while and really wants to join the CSL, we can make an exception. There are different projects every Friday and Saturday and anyone can participate.

MORE THOUGHTS. This comes from the interviewee’s own experience and views.To all who read this, the CSL staff includes all who wish to volunteer. We give thanks to Bibis Saldaña for giving us her time on this and congratulate her on her will to help others.

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IN GOD WE TRUST MEET FATHER PASCUAL ROSALES

BY VIKO MORALES

Currently in Mexico all we hear about in the news is killing, kidnapping and drugs. This is not necesarily everything that is happening in our country, we also have some good news about people who are trying to make a difference in the world. A very good example is the Franciscan friar Fray Pascual Rosales. Fray Pascual Rosales became a franciscan priest in 1995 in Chicago Illinois, and has completed many careers throughout his life. Since 1969 he has had commissions from the Vatican as Inspector General in Michoacan, Mexico, Rome, Italy, Jerusalem, Israel and the Holy Land and their dependencies in the world. Pope John Paul II assigned him as a member of the International Eucharistic in Poland 99, and member of the celebration of the Mexican Martyrs in Rome, Italy. Humility and tenacity are two words that describe Father Pascual. Throughout his life he has shown dedication in many different projects. He has shown commitment is to people living in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mesa del Nayarâ&#x20AC;?. These people live in extreme poverty,they do not have the appropriate resources to live a healthy life. In 1971, he committed to a foundation of missionaries who help people living in the Mesa del Nayar. Father Pascual created a boarding school: Community Education Center, which provides primary and secondary studies, The school teaches students about the importance of their own culture and traditions. Under the slogan "valete por ti mismo", Father Pascual helps children and young adults to complete their studies here in Monterrey, and then return to their homes to teach and help their community. After thirty four years of effort, about eight hundred students have completed their basic education, over a hundred have obtained their high school in Monterrey and Torreon, forty have careers at prestigious universities like the University La Salle, Universidad del Norte, Universidad Mexicana del Noreste, Lumen, and the Technological Institute of Monterrey. Father Pascual has the characteristics of a true leader who has left his mark on many peple in a positive way. Few men like Father Pascual, with such high academic, human and spiritual education, have taken the decision to dedicate their time and effort to help other people in need.

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COMUNIDAD TERAPEUTICA

BY ANDRES BORTONI

RULE 1: CARE FOR OTHERS Comunidad Terapeutica is a clinic that helps people with psychiatric problems. It is one of the only psychiatric clinics in the zone. Patients in this clinic suffer from mental disorders and need medicine to get better. They also suffer addictions to many things like drugs that hurt them mentally. The main goal of this clinic is to make family members of the patients comfortable. Make them feel that the problem their family member is having is totally normal. The only issue with this clinic is that the prices are too high. Many people need this support but are not able to get it because they don’t have the money. The clinic doesn’t have any public events, but we can help the people’s family very easily. What we can do is try to cheer up people who have any family members in this clinic. It is believed by Comunidad Terapeutica that you don't need a catchy slogan; you need a good structure and procedure to be successful. Patients are taken care by nurses. Patients in the clinic receive excellent service, they are fairly respected and their families are treated with respect as well. Therapeutic groups are created to support a patient. These groups have to evaluate a patient and define a task that will help him. Comunidad Terapeutica believes that it is very important to keep patients busy so that they can feel useful. That is why patients are separated into four groups that separate people who can participate more to those who are not able to participate as much. Patients that dominate a group, are ascended until they find an accurate group. Patients get to see their family members once a week. Family members and the doctor in charge of patient discuss any problem the patient is having. Many social activities take place in this clinic, such as: painting, literature, and guitar. In conclusion, Comunidad Terapeutica is a great clinic that helps people with mental issues. People in this clinic are very well attended and have all of the suppoert they can get. If you or someone close to you has a person with these problems, I strongly recomend you to send them to Comunidad Terapeutica. I also wish anyone in these clinic the best of luck to get better.

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The Fix  

Students final project