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A Few Words of Thanks The youngest member of our NPH México family, Marisol, is just one year old. She joined our family after her mother died in a car accident, and her father was unable to care for her. She was passed from agency to agency until it was decided that the best option for her was to enter NPH, where she could live together with her sisters. Now, here at NPH, she has every imaginable possibility for the development of her life. It is with the example of children like Marisol that we are able to appreciate our ability to open doors for all of our children and provide them with options that may not have been possible without our help. This kind of opportunity to help shape a young life is only achievable because of our wonderful sponsors and the generous donations that we receive here at NPH México. These amazing people have also become a part of our family through their willingness to help our children in need. We thank each and every person who has selflessly given to our organization—without you, we could not reach the number of children that we do. Sincerely,
Rafael Bermúdez National Director – NPH México
Country News While Vicente Fox promised many programs and incentives for México, his presidency was marked by ineffectiveness. People had hopes that the economy would improve, corruption would reduce, and past injustices would be brought to light and the perpetrators to trial. It was only in the final months of his administration that Fox revealed the results of a special investigation. During his term of six years, the value of the dollar remained the same, a triumph for the economy. In the July presidential elections, Andres Manual Lopez Obrador had a significant lead during the early campaign. He promised reductions in taxes, in wages of politicians, and in electrical and phone bills. However, many people knew that he was considered a populist, and they gave their vote to the PAN party. The highly profitable business community and the PAN political party, alarmed at his platform, commenced an ad campaign that derided what Lopez Obrador was proposing and instilled fear in the people. In the end, the court gave the last count of the votes to PAN and Felipe Calderón. Demonstrations were rampant with people claiming fraud. They are protesting injustice and the protection of millionaires who are draining this vital country of immeasurable resources. In the state of Oaxaca, Governor Ulises Ruíz no longer has any support, as human rights violations and corruption have been decried throughout his term. Since the teachers of Oaxaca have broken with the PRI party, they have demanded higher salaries as well as a change within the political unrest of the state. The teachers began a strike on the 22nd of May, and when a number of social groups joined the teachers in their fight, they began the APPO, or Popular Assembly of the People of Oaxaca. The APPO has documented 36 murders of people belonging to various social organizations in the state. The majority of the residents of Oaxaca are calling for the immediate resignation of governor Ruíz.
Our Homes Casa San Salvador in Miacatlán In January, we had Visitor’s Day for family members, and those children who did not have visitors were taken to the water park in Temixco. We organized several activities for the 130 children who attended, including a meal of carne asada. A visiting group from Brophy College in Arizona came to work with Marion’s group of special needs children. We continued with lecture classes for the encargados. In March, we celebrated Holy Saints´ week, and we also received visitors from Intervax to help us with medications for our animals in the farm. Visitors from the Senda 2000 School of Educators came to practice and live with the children. One of our students won 4th place at the national level for carpentry in a competition. We celebrated Children’s Day with sports activities, organized games, and a special meal. In May, we held a mass in honor of our Godparents. The best students in each grade received certificates of achievement at the end of the school year. We had three fish harvests this year that were used for consumption in the house, carried out by the students in secondary school. The chickens that had finished their egg production were also sacrificed for consumption. All of the water canals in the farm were also cleaned. Many projects were realized in this past year, including three bathrooms, a multiuse sports court, and a fountain in Provencio Park. The following repairs were made this year: the cemetery wall, the roof of the sheep house, one of the chicken coops, the water piping in Grandes A Mujeres, and several sport courts. We have begun working on the following projects: the expansion of the arts and crafts room, replacement of benches in the cafeteria, and a collection of tools in order to continue the iron-forging workshop. We would like to thank all of our employees, volunteers, and encargados, including those who are no longer with us, without whom our work would not be possible.
Our Homes Casa Buen Señor in Cuernavaca In the Bachillerato, we celebrated many holidays in order to provide rich cultural experiences for our students, including Ash Wednesday and Holy Saints´ Week. Students’ Day was celebrated with a trip to a water park in Temixco. In December, homage was made to Father Wasson with a poetry reading as well as a photography exhibit called ¨An Angel without Borders, ¨ and Sister Ivonne gave a lecture on his books. We were very fortunate to receive visits from many different groups this year. In September, ex-Pequeño Rubiel, who is now working at the University UDEM, visited the students to talk to them about opportunities to continue their education in the university. In November, we had visits from our Godparents from Arizona and Holland. Personnel from the General Directors of Industrial and Technical Education visited to speak with new students to discuss career options, and the Office of Financial Consulting and Accounting visited and spoke with the students in their first semester of accounting. Our older Pequeños who have been working in the kitchen noticed that the children were in need of a better diet, and they worked together with Dr. Zacarías to prepare a healthy menu seven days per week. Thanks to our donors, we were able to complete our computer lab, which remains open to all of our students to learn how to use the Internet and other computing skills. Our young ladies had the pleasure to take part in a group called Guides of México, a cultural exchange that takes the girls to different parts of the city in order to feel secure and learn more places within the city.
Our Homes Casa San Luis in Monterrey At Casa San Luis, we were fortunate enough to receive a visit from the psychologist Dr. Fausto Tinajero, who attended to 23 of our students in February and 35 in November. In celebration of Holy Saints Week, the students at Monterrey Technical School were invited to talk with our students, one on one, in the hopes of improving relationships between our young people. Father Roberto Rubio also invited a Pequeño who graduated from the seminary in Monterrey to share his experience. In July, we received 30 new students who began their career studies in September. Fourteen enrolled in Northern University, eight in the Center for University Studies, one in the University of Monterrey, one in St. Vicente Hospital, and one in the Center for Tourism Studies—all in Monterrey. During the summer, the students had the opportunity to participate in several activities, including visits to the movie theater and several parks. One of the most memorable trips was to Cerro de la Silla, a mountain that is a symbol of Monterrey. In the month of August, our father and founder, the Reverend William B. Wasson, passed away. It was a loss that affected all of the Pequeños, and, in his memory, they promised to follow his example and lead fuller lives. Also in August, thirteen students graduated—eleven from the Center for University Studies, one from Northern University, and one from the Independent University of Nuevo Leon. From this group, a young woman named Leticia from Milpillas, a nearby garbage dump community, graduated with a degree in psychology. This was an unforgettable event for her and NPH, and she plans to further her education by studying English. In September, we received the Don Eugenio Garza Sada award for the direction of the house and, specifically, for the National Director of NPH México, Rafael Bermudez. With this prize, we were able to purchase computer equipment and work tables for the school. In October, 21 students in their year of service visited the universities in order to talk with the directors and learn about the programs offered at the schools. Those thirteen university students who graduated in August left the house in November; twelve of these students have already found jobs.
Social Work Department This year, we welcomed 62 new children to our home at NPH MĂŠxico and said goodbye to 124. In the social work department, we create a file for each new arrival and update each case on our database when the child arrives at the house. We also update all of the childrenâ€™s legal documents, including passports and forms for school. We coordinate talks with the directors, child caretakers, and children about values and human development in Casa Buen SeĂąor and Casa San Salvador. Because of the change of President this year, we have also needed to make some changes within the department in compliance with Mexican governmental agencies. Due to an economic crisis that we dealt with in 2006, we had to make many cuts but did not stop receiving new children into our family. With special cases, the social work department works alongside the psychology department in order to provide services for the children. We continue to support the community of Milpillas and the children from that community who attend our schools. Currently there are 60 children whose parents are in jail, either awaiting trial or carrying out a sentence. These children are taken to the jail three times per year to visit their parents. One continuous goal in the social work department is to improve the communication between all employees and volunteers in order to better attend to our children.
Padrinos During the past year, the sponsorship department had 5090 Godparents and 5659 sponsorships. Total Godparents in the USA were 2873; in Canada 69; in Europe 961; and in México 1187. We work with twelve different fundraising offices, and we have maintained good relationships and open communication with the coordinators of all of these offices. Our Internet system continues to be a great help in the sponsorship department and fundraising offices. The Sharing Fund has worked very well and allows for all of the Pequeños to receive a small allowance for their birthday and Christmas. The Sharing Fund has helped us a great deal with summer courses, special activities for the children, and weekly treats. Every year we send out cards for Godparents´ Day, report cards, and Christmas cards. We also send photos of our graduates from Bachillerato to our offices in the United States and Europe. We have been able to cut the cost of sending out Christmas cards by $400 by making them entirely in our own office. It has been a great success that the personnel of the fundraising offices, NPH México, and sponsorship department have all continued to work with efficiency and enthusiasm.
Final Step Program During the years 2004 and 2005, NPH Mexico made an agreement with three companies that offered employment to our young adults in exchange for our promise to monitor their work performance. For 2007, our goal is to collaborate with three additional businesses in order for the children to have a larger number of employment options. This will allow them to choose the best job according to their interests, and they will be able to work more efficiently within the company. We currently have fourteen young adults participating in this program. One of the principal objectives of the project is to cultivate within our young adults the habit of saving money when they begin to work. They will be able to save a portion of their salary in proportion to earnings that would potentially go towards travel, food, or other expenses that young people may have. In this way, the children will learn to budget their money and take into account expenses they will have in life outside of our institution. When the children are ready to leave the house, they will have access to these savings.
NPH Schools and Educational Programs Bachillerato (Technical Senior High School) From the first of the year up through April, we had a total of 160 students from Casa Buen Señor attending Bachillerato in the areas of accounting, computer science, early childhood education, electronics, and tourism. From April to December, 159 students were in attendance, 53 had their applications for graduation accepted, 31 were in the process of applying for graduation, and 86 graduated from the class of 20032006. There were several orientations given in the summer for students entering Bachillerato, including a talk given by the Sister Ivonne about the history of NPH. In October a mathematics course began for students in their year of service at Casa Buen Señor. Our students demonstrated their plentiful talent in a variety of competitions this year. In the month of April, the NPH soccer team won 2nd place at the state level in the ¨World-Wide Cuernavaca¨ tournament, receiving a prize of $800 towards the purchase of new uniforms. Of eight students who participated in a biology competition, our own Valentín won third place in the state of Morelos. The school year was also full of conferences aimed at enriching the students´ academic experience. The graduating class attended a Professional Expo where they received expert advice from various universities. We had several workshops in June, including a conference called ¨The Psychology of the Adolescent,¨ which all students attended. The first and fifth semester students in electronics attended a convention for electronics, robotics, and automotive mechanics.
NPH Schools and Educational Programs Secondary School The year 2006 saw an average of 233 students in the secondary school, and we had a total of twenty-five employees. The secondary students had a combined grade point average of 7.99 out of a 10.0 grading scale. Three students achieved outstanding academic performance with a 9.7 grade point average for the 2005-2006 school year. A summer course is organized for students entering secondary school. The students are divided into three groups and study Spanish, mathematics, and science. The students won several awards for extra-curricular activities, including two first-prize awards in auto mechanics and carpentry in a state competition; honorable mention in technology at the national level; third place in chess and basketball at the regional level; and twenty-eight first, second, and third-prize awards in athletics at the regional level. Our students participated in the following celebrations in order to provide them with a well-rounded education including social and cultural activities: the Mexican Festival of Patriotic Symbols, Day of the Dead, the Posadas, Valentineâ€™s Day, the Queen of Spring, Studentâ€™s Day, and Motherâ€™s Day.
NPH Schools and Educational Programs Primary School We know the importance of learning English as a second language, so we have begun four periods of English classes from preschool up through the sixth grade. From third grade through sixth grade, we have made it a goal to continue teaching computer skills. In general, we have seen an improvement in attitude, discipline, and responsibility within the students this past year. With the aid of Father Marco Antonio Ramos, we have offered help to children in the community of Alpuyeca who come from separated families or who have single mothers. This year we were able to offer schooling, uniforms, and breakfast to approximately 90 children, not including the number of children whom we have helped from the Milpillas community. Our goals are to offer intellectual, physical, and spiritual guidance by practicing universal values and respecting each child. We wish for our children to be proud to be a part of such a large family and to have an opportunity for a new life, thanks to the love of God, our founder, and every person who has made such a miracle possible in our home.
Psychology Department Help for Children and Adolescents with Learning Difficulties Personnel in the psychology department of Miacatlán for the years 2005-2006 included: two teachers in the primary school ¨D¨ group (the special education group); two teachers in the secondary school ¨D¨ group; one teacher of cooking and craft workshops; one language therapist; one special education therapist; and three clinical psychologists. Approximately 230 students took part in the psychological programs and were divided into five groups. We still are in need of more personnel in this area, and we hope to hire two more clinical psychologists next year, including one for Casa Buen Señor in Cuernavaca. In order to offer complete attention to new arrivals, an evaluation is administered by the educational psychology department and the psychology clinic. These evaluations aid in the diagnosis of difficulties that may impede the adapting, integrating, and learning processes. There are different specializations within the child psychology department. The educational psychology department helps students with learning problems, works with new arrivals, administers evaluations, and informs teachers of their students´ need for special education. The department of language therapy works with students who have diction problems in order to improve their learning process and help them to have better social interactions. The clinical psychology department’s main purpose is to recognize destructive behavior and emotional problems in the school as well as in the home that require the attention of a specialist. The students who are in the ¨D¨ group are those who generally function at a lower intellectual level and demonstrate difficulties adapting, which inhibits active involvement in their education. There are two ¨D¨ groups in the primary school: those aged 7-12 and those aged 13-16, approximately. In the secondary school, there are three ¨D¨ groups and a cooking and crafts workshop. The workshops are intended to help the students become more confident in order to adapt to daily life and their surroundings. They help the students to become more independent and to recognize their strengths. The students participate in several different workshops, including: soup-making, baking, chocolate-molding, bag-making, and crafting with felt. Not only do these workshops provide the students with a hobby, but they also learn to value their work. They are able to realize that they have a means of surviving during times of unemployment. 12
Report of the Religious Program for 2005-2006 The religious program is continuous and ever-deepening. Its focus is to promote the spiritual growth of the children with the truths revealed through the structure of the Catholic Church and its teachings. During the past year, the church has performed 98 baptisms, 67 confirmations, and 120 first communions, due to the average arrival of 100 new children each year. The personnel, Sister and catechists are continually reviewing and preparing ways to expand their teachings in order to help children settle into their ways of thinking and living. The ideas that shape the childrenâ€™s views of life are presented to them through the dynamic of catechisms, prayers and life projections. To date, through the help of benefactors, each child has the best catechetical materials, including Bibles, posters and other audio-visuals. The personnel in this program have a special calling and knowledge of CCD and theological studies. Their personal lives are complemented by their participation in CCD programs in the parishes, participation in retreats, and leadership fulfillments in the school, where there is a special classroom devoted to the subject of religion.
General Activities When the Pequeños left school in July 2006 for vacation, they had a wide range of activities waiting for them, including a four-week summer program for those in Miacatlán. Activities included Tae Kwon Do, ceramic painting, bracelet design, cooking, framing, modern dance, aerobics, swimming, and sporting tournaments. All took a trip to Six Flags amusement park as well as Ixtapan de la Sal Water Park, thanks to our donors to the Sharing Fund. All of the activities were designed to be interactive and to focus on developing the mental, creative, and athletic capabilities of the children. Since February 2006, a specific focus has been directed at relieving the pressures of the Pequeños in their year of service, so that all may benefit from their positive disposition. Directors, volunteers, and year of service Pequeños participate in a wide range of healthy activities including Life Teen, volleyball, basketball, soccer, Tae Kwon Do, and the very popular movie-and-snack night. They were even invited to a nearby town to see El Chapo, a widely popular Mexican singer. All of this was made possible by donations to the sharing fund in gratitude for their service to the children. We welcomed eleven visiting groups between November 2005 and August 2006, including those from Arizona, Chicago, and Holland. Three groups of teenagers from Arizona lived with the Pequeños for a week while developing art projects with our children with special education needs. More teens from Minnesota led by their church youth groups ran different activities during the summer. Godparents from Seattle and Chicago also celebrated many of their godchildren’s graduations. Nurse practitioners from the University of San Diego and dental students form the University of North Carolina dedicated their time and talent to providing medical exams and dental checkups. 14
Clinic We have begun to construct a rehabilitation area as a part of the clinic, and this construction will continue on into 2007. We had 3,132 consultations in the clinic, 38 surgeries, and 850 patients who attended the psychology clinic. Eight nurses are currently with us, including one for Superman, who is stable but in delicate condition. There are several internal patients, Teresa, Rosy, and Paty, who have degenerative diseases and reside within the clinic. We continue to receive the great help of Hospital ABC, which provides us with free surgeries to all of our children less than twenty-one years. The following projects are pending for the year 2007: parasite removal in all of the children in a three-month period, flu and pneumonia vaccinations, the completion of a new rehabilitation room, and the purchase of electronic beds for our chronic patients. Since July 2006, when our current dentist arrived, we gave 599 consultations and performed 34 extractions. We had several prevention talks, including one with Colgate, who generously donated toothbrushes and toothpaste that we were able to distribute to the children.
Life Teen Program Life Teen is an international Catholic movement that helps lead teens closer to Christ. At NPH México, this is accomplished through a variety of ways. One way is through our ¨Life Night¨ meetings. Life Nights are run on a weekly basis at both of our homes, for the high school students in Cuernavaca and for the young adults who are in their year of service in Miacatlán. An average of about 60-80 teens attend Life Nights each week. Topics discussed are not only about what it means to be young and Catholic but about issues that teenagers are dealing with in their day-to-day lives, how to make moral decisions, vocations, trusting God and the importance of serving others. Teenagers in Cuernavaca also have the opportunity to deepen their relationship with Christ through Sunday prayer meetings. Monthly community-service projects have also been introduced to the Pequeños. Because they are accustomed to receiving what they need, most often they don’t have the opportunity to give back to the generous community. Trips have been taken to a variety of nursing homes, to the Tutelar (a detention center for underage kids), to an orphanage for children and a high school for financially struggling teenagers. The Pequeños learn that though they may not have much money in their pockets they have much to offer. As a result, their self-confidence improves when given the opportunity to help others. Another way the teens´ spirituality has deepened is through a retreat and a Life Teen camp experience. In January, a little over 50 teens attended their first Life Teen retreat. As a result of the retreat, more kids began to attend Life Nights and Sunday prayer meetings. In July, fifteen Pequeños had the privilege of attending a week-long retreat and camp in Arizona. The things taken from this positive experience they will carry with them for the rest of their lives. We plan to enrich this program even more with the arrival of a new volunteer who will live in Casa San Salvador, our biggest house in Miacatlán. We would like to thank for all of her hard work Melanie Kana, who has already been with us for two years and will remain for another six months.
Tae Kwon Do One of our current volunteers, Jon Levy, began teaching Tae Kwon Do at NPH Mexico in his free time in 2004 with only 2 students. Since that time, teaching TKD has become his full time job, and, as a result, he has converted a warehouse into a training space. There are currently 69 students who attend four different class levels: 10 in Kinder, 23 in Chicos/Chicas, 22 in Medianos/Medianas/Grandes B, and 14 in Grandes A/Secundaria. Classes are taught three times per week, and there are also three optional sparring classes. After a year of relaying the progress his students had made to his instructor in his home country, our volunteer convinced his Master to travel to MiacatlĂĄn to administer the first official belt exams to the children. For three hours, the PequeĂąos revealed their knowledge to a solemn 4th level black belt who was keen to expose the smallest flaw in their form. The students imitated the classic punches and kicks they had studied, recited words in Korean, demonstrated their flexibility with splits that made us wince in pain, and impressed us with their endurance in push-up tests. In the end, all of the students passed and were awarded their coveted yellow belt, feeling the satisfaction of months of hard work and training finally paying off. We congratulate the students on their incredible success, salute our volunteerâ€™s tireless initiative, and thank our donors for all the continued support in making such activities possible.
English Program In 2005, NPH Mexico began a new initiative within the English program, as we understand that businesses are requiring English of prospective employees more and more. Due to this demand, we have begun teaching English at the pre-school level with licensed teachers. The youngest children in kindergarten now study English three hours per week. The older children, ranging from those in their last year of kindergarten through secondary, now study four hours per week as opposed to three. Due to this initiative, we have seen various achievements from our children. The youngest children walk through the house counting up to numbers that, previously, the same age group had not learned. Some of the children in secondary school even write to their godparents in English. In spite of these changes, we have seen a great disparity between the levels of students. Starting in January, a new English teacher will be able to help us divide the groups in secondary school into two levelsâ€”beginning and intermediate. We will be able to give more individual attention to everyone, with only approximately ten students in each classroom. Another new volunteer will be arriving to teach English after school and to help in the classroom by providing more individual attention. We hope to find a coordinator to help supervise the teachers, share ideas, and structure and organize the English program. We have also been considering a new series of intensive books for the primary school as well as additional teachers for daily English classes. Though the English books are expensive, they are an important investment in order for the students to achieve a more advanced level of English than in the past.
Volunteers Between July 2005 and July 2006, NPH México was home to fourteen volunteers from Germany, Iceland, New Zealand, Switzerland, Ecuador, and the United States. They served in a variety of capacities, including house parents, librarians, social workers, translators, English teachers, clinic workers, and Life Teen coordinators. After three years of service, Katie Cordaro finally said farewell and is now working with special needs children in her home town of Kansas City, Missouri. Since July 2006, eight new volunteers have joined us from Germany and the United States, and five—Christopher Hoyt, Delaney Keyes, Erika Klotz, Jon Levy, and Sarah Weiner—have returned for a second year of service. Christopher is our activities coordinator, Erika works in the secondary section as well as with special needs children, and Sarah teaches English in the primary school. Jon has developed a beautiful space for a ¨dojang,¨ where he continues to instruct over 50 students of all ages in the martial art of Tae Kwon Do. Delaney began a program called ¨Chicas Poderosas,¨ based on a model from NPH Honduras in which she coordinates discussions, a house newspaper, and projects aimed at women’s issues and self-esteem. Five new volunteers from Germany, Mexico, and the United States have just arrived in January 2007, and they are supporting us in social work, teaching English, and caretaking. We thank all the volunteers of NPH México for their selflessness, leadership, and unmistakable mark they leave on those children they help.
Correspondence and Donations In this department, we send out receipts and letters daily to our benefactors in México. During 2006 we sent out the following mailings to our database of 8,000 contacts: newsletters during the Passover, summer, and Christmas seasons; an announcement of the passing of Father Wasson; and a direct mailing to over 100,000 people in México as well as ex-Pequeños in order to bring in more donors and Godparents. In collaboration with public relations, we submitted NPH for the Eugenio Garza Sada Award in the category of institutions, for which we won $25,000 and the Interior Light Award. The department also was a main organizer of the Posada for donors and Méxican Godparents on the 9th of December. On this day, our benefactors had the opportunity to interact with our children and see what NPH México has done with their help. After spending a day with us, they were able to bring the message of NPH home to their friends and family.
Public Relations We have continued to receive food donations from Costco, Food Bank, Kellogg’s, the Lala Foundation, and Wal-Mart. This year we have received toy donations from several generous companies, including the Gingerbread House in México City, Sam’s, Superama, and Wal-Mart, and the television channel TV Azteca held a toy drive for our benefit. We have also received passes for our children to the movies, the Cuernavaca Fair, the circus, the zoo, and several water parks. The convenience store Oxxo has once again helped us raise money by asking customers to donate their change, a campaign which brought in $25,000 to NPH this past year. We participated in projects that HSBC Bank and the Merced Foundation have begun to help our universities, and we will be receiving monetary donations for the next four years. HSBC held a drawing competition for the Christmas season that was won by our own Fernando, who is currently in Bachillerato. The media coverage of the passing of Father Wasson included television, radio, and the press. On December 9th, we welcomed more than 400 guests to our Posada for donors and Godparents. Updating our website has been a big priority, and we try to keep it updated with as much information as possible, including current projects and notices. Our goals for 2007 include maintaining better contact with our donor companies, Godparents, and schools in order to obtain better resources. We will continue to update our projects posted on the Internet for our donors to review, and we will further develop a protocol called ¨caring for the donor.¨ We will implement the custom of sending out anniversary cards to each of our donors who completes a year of giving to Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos.
Farm During the year, we dedicated our time to sheep production and had a total of 252 sheep in the farm, which we were able to use for meat. We continue to become more efficient in the harvesting of our fish, and this year we produced 8,402 pieces of fish to feed to our children. In the coming year, we hope to bring in three more tons of fish in order to increase production. The biggest source of the meat consumed at NPH comes from our pigs, and we were able to provide five to seven pigs per week for consumption. We hope to obtain two more male pigs to improve the quality of the meat according to veterinary standards. Forty cattle were sacrificed for meat during the year, and we plan to purchase another eight for the coming year. An urgent pending project for 2007 is the construction of a slaughter house and water treatment plant for the safe disposal of animal waste. This year we produced 251,790 eggs for consumption in the house, and we hope to obtain another 2,500 hens to bring production up to 300,000 eggs. We changed brands of chicken feed to a brand of equal quality at a more economic price. Here in the farm we produce our own sorghum to feed the pigs and sheep. The corn harvested mainly goes to the production of tortillas, for which we harvested 18,825 kilos. Due to the constant production in the farm, much of our equipment is need of maintenance. In the coming year we plan to fix the motors of three tractors and one plow.