The City of Joy
C o n t ereport nts annual
Message from the President of the Board
The City of Joy
Board of Governors
Appendix - Financial Statements
“For the Church, charity is not a kind of welfare activity which could equally well be left to others, but is a part of her nature, an indispensable expression of her very being.” (Benedict XVI, God is Love, 25). Faithful to its mission and essence, throughout its history the Church has led the way in denouncing abuse and has courageously defended human dignity. Moreover, it has created wide-reaching institutions capable of providing a suitable response to pressing social needs and promoting human dignity. The City of Joy is a marvelous living gesture of the Church’s solidarity and mission to provide effective help to those in need. Many Bishops and distinguished visitors have admired the original concept of this social project, the combination of the professionalism of committed secular staff and the spiritual vision of the care-giving nuns, and the way in which it allows different charitable programs to come together in such a beautiful, harmonious space with one heart and one Christian spirit. In this way, the project has become a new and innovative example of the social charity work of the Church. A project which was born out of the immense goodwill and enormous enthusiasm found in a few generous, visionary and tenacious hearts, has brought us all together and continues to encourage us to share our talents and possibilities. As representative of this particular Church, I am deeply thankful to these generous people and wish to express my appreciation and admiration for all that they have achieved. It gives me great pleasure to see how the Homes have been built and extended, but I take even more delight in seeing how the care and love offered by the nuns in the Homes has also grown. In our church, the love of the Spirit of Christ is manifested in dynamic ways, and this love brings not only material help, but peace and nourishment for the soul, help which often is more important than material support. Hurricane Wilma served to highlight the enormous capacity for love and solidarity, translated into effective support, which the City of Joy provides every day in a silent but significant manner to our brothers and sisters who are in need. I feel profoundly committed to continue supporting this work, and above all, to continue praying and entrusting this work to the Lord God. May He in grace grant us the opportunity to see this project completed, both in relation to the construction of each of the Homes, and to their efficient ongoing operation. + Pedro Pablo Elizondo Cárdenas, L.C. Bishop of Cancún – Chetumal
Message from the President As a founding member of the City of Joy Foundation, and with the honor of having been named President of the Board during 2005, I am delighted to present our Annual Report, summary of the many significant achievements which have taken place this year in our organization, and which allow me to state confidently that the City of Joy Foundation, now more than ever, is positioned to respond efficiently and effectively to the social needs or our region. For the Foundation, 2005 meant consolidation, growth, and an analysis of the results achieved to date. We sought to enhance the support that the Foundation offers to the different Homes, resulting not only in building renovations which facilitated an improvement in the quality of care provided, but also in the establishment of new medical and legal support programs, services which are of become of increasing importance to the population we seek to serve. The process of analysis and continuous improvement undertaken by the Foundation has also obliged us to keep up-to-date with the ongoing changes in the context in which we work, and the way in which such changes affect the services we provide. This ability was put to the test this year with the arrival of not one, but two hurricanes, requiring us to implement an immediate relief effort in conjunction with organizations from the public and private sectors. Together, we demonstrated once more the value of cooperation as a response to natural disasters. Yet, we are also aware that one of the most important challenges we face, above and beyond responding to the immediate needs of the population, is the need to foster a deeper change in some of the deeply-rooted attitudes and customs found within local communities impede individuals, families and groups from fulfilling their potential. While such change will likely take several generations, it is important to act now, offering long-term programs which provide increasing opportunities for personal and community development based on the promotion of respect and human dignity. We hope that improving the concept of the City of Joy in this way will allow us, in the not too distant future, to support other organizations or regions in Mexico who wish to make use of our model to contribute to positive change in the social conditions of their people. All our achievements in 2005 would not have been possible were it not for the dedicated work of the staff of the Homes, the Foundationâ€™s Coordination team, and each of the volunteers, donors, and other organizations who generously contributed to the operation and development of the project. To all of you, on behalf of the thousands of families whom the City of Joy has helped to date, my heartfelt thanks. Juan Ignacio AthiĂŠ Lambarri President
The City of Joy was legally constituted as a Civil Association in 2000 by a group of brave and visionary individuals who, concerned about the growing needs of the poorer communities in our state, expressed their desire to take action.
Building a better future together
organizational Our Philosophy
our reason for being
Motivated by our respect and love for life, the City of Joy Foundation provides care and personal development options for people in situations of extreme need, strengthening support networks and encouraging the active participation of different social actors, in order to provide the most vulnerable people within Quintana Roo with opportunities for a better life.
Our vision is a society free from extreme poverty, marginalization and inequality, and we believe we can all play an active role in contributing to this.
Carrying out Christâ€™s mission by caring for others has been a rich experience in my life as a priest, helping those who find themselves in situations of extreme need, both in material and spiritual terms. I thank God for this great opportunity to contribute to the City of Joy Foundation.
Father Fernando Rodriguez L.C.
• Construct the infrastructure required to provide integrated services such as accommodation, food, clothing, medical care, psychological support, legal aid, vocational training and spiritual guidance, thus facilitating the implementation of support programs for the neediest people within our state. • Strengthen institutional and community networks in order to promote more dynamic response to social needs. • Raise public awareness regarding social issues, in order to encourage the active participation of individuals and groups in responding to them.
I. Love for life and respect for universal human rights We believe not just in the right to life, but in the right to a life full of meaning and purpose in which opportunities are available to all and individuals are empowered to make the most of them
II. Ethical behavior All of those who work and contribute to the City of Joy Foundation act according to basic ethical norms, recognizing that both the people we help and those who support us, are worthy of our full respect, to be reflected in professional and moral work and moral practices.
III. Transparency In response to the trust that the public, and particularly our donors, place in our actions, we ensure that they are able to access information about our work, actively keeping them up to date with our activities, use of funding and responding promptly to all requests about our activities.
IV. Professionalism and Continuous Improvement We are a team of highly committed individuals, committed to the Foundation’s mission and willing to share the best of ourselves to help others. We work to identify areas of opportunity, implementing work plans which favor the growth of the organization in a way which best responds to the social needs of Quintana Roo.
One day I stopped to fill my car up with gas on Lopez Portillo Avenue and the girl who served me was singing away happily. I asked why she was so happy and she said it was because she had a real job as a gas station attendant. She told me she had been a prostitute and had spent some time in the Women’s Shelter in the City of Joy. Now I smell the perfume of “Magna unleaded” instead of the perfume of the my previous life, and I like this smell better, she said. Román Martínez, Journalist
In June, the General Assembly of the Board of the City of Joy Foundation met to revise the statutes, and to sign collaborative agreements with national and international bodies, and thus open the door to greater operational and fundraising achievements.
During the Assembly, the Presidency of the Foundation was officially handed over to Juan Ignacio Athié Lambarri, who thanked those present for the confidence they have in him to lead the organization, and who declared his commitment to uphold the ethical standards and legal requirements stipulated in the Foundation statutes. In the same way, Monsignor Pedro Pablo Elizondo Cárdenas was named Honorary President of the Board and Rector of the City of Joy, and will help to establish the working norms of Homes in the City of Joy.
coordination The staff in the Coordination offices administrate the construction of the City of Joy, coordinate relations between the Homes, and organize the activities and events aimed at raising both funds and public awareness. In 2005, the staff implemented a process of capacity building and professionalization, improving working structures and internal procedures which will be of benefit to all areas of the Foundation’s work.
Thank you City of Joy Foundation for the kind donation of 900 liters of milk which you passed on to us and which will contribute to our work in caring for the 84 children who currently attend our rehabilitation center.
Association for Exceptional Children, A.C.
construction Project Progress
Hospice On 26th February 2005 we celebrated the inauguration of the fifth and newest home, Cafarnaum Hospice, designed to provide complete care for those suffering from a terminal illness, especially AIDS, and who, because of their situation of poverty or abandonment, require a home where they can live life to the full and, when the time comes, die with dignity. More than 250 people attended the event, including representatives of diverse institutions from the health care sector.
A home of hope to live with dignity
Built surface: 1730m2, including adult and children’s dormitories, adult and children’s dining areas, general and visitors’ bathrooms, living area, kitchen, doctor’s surgery, nursing stations, chapel, office, laundries, storeroom and living and sleeping quarters for nuns and volunteers. Investment: US $780,000
Home for the Elderly 2005 also saw the extension of the Home for the Elderly via the construction of the second wing. Completed in October 2005, it sustained some damage during Hurricane Wilma, and so the official opening was postponed until the beginning of January 2006. Built surface: 450m2, including seven shared rooms, four individual rooms, general and visitor’s bathrooms, wardrobe, living room, and an extension to the storeroom and laundry areas. Investment: US $191,000 One night, quite late on, a car with two very well dressed young men arrived at the City of Joy. They had been on their way to a disco, and stopped at a small shop where they found a boy of about 12 years old robbing some bread. They decided to bring him to the City of Joy because he had recently arrived from Chiapas, and hadn’t been able to find his elder brother who was going to give him money for food. José, Night watchman
After four years of hard work on a nascent project, 2005 was the right time to implement a new communication strategy, including an image relaunch and a range of new communication tools (all of which are fully bilingual English-Spanish) designed to optimize the dissemination of the project.
Communication Strategy One of the most significant events of 2005, especially in terms of increasing donors’, media, and the general public’s knowledge of the project, was the First Annual Conference organized by the City of Joy in March 2005 and held in the Gran Caribe Real Hotel, entitled “Quintana Roo, a better home for everyone”. Abiding by our principle of transparency, we presented our activities and capacity building to date, as well as explaining the activities planned for 2005 to ensure the ongoing fulfillment of our mission and our serious commitment to the people of Quintana Roo.
Achievements in social communication: • • • • • • •
New website New printed materials 4 editions of the bimonthly e-newsletter Increase and consolidation of relationships with local and national media Increased coverage in local publications and directories Participation in the Caracol de Plata competition for social benefit advertising Improved signage to the City of Joy from public roads
We want to congratulate you on this marvelous work, with such an impact on a place which is so famous for tourism that you wouldn’t think it would have such big problems…. We will try to be your “ambassadors” to the Swiss. Gabrielle and Laura Derighetti Embassy of Switzerland in Mexico
Continuing the successful strategy of “win-win” activities, our fundraising achievements in 2005 were demonstrated not only by the US$935,800 raised, but also by the diversification of our sources of funding, the increase in international support in co-investment projects, and notably, the support of Canada Fund and Soriana in responding to our post-hurricane campaign.
Fundraising Results Having a larger and more solid donor base has facilitated greater financial stability and allowed us to continue both the construction of the City of Joy, as well as better equipping the existing Homes. The City of Joy Foundation has also positioned itself as a leader in its field, being the only organization in Quintana Roo, and one of only a few in Mexico, to have established a “Declaration of Donor Rights”, demonstrating our commitment to offering donors a personalized and professional treatment, and assuring an ethical and transparent use of funds received. The introduction of a tailor-made database system, and the upgrading of some of our office equipment, have also contributed to an enhanced relationship with donors.
Income from donations
National 5% Local 89% International 6%
donations win-win awareness raising shared responsibility
Fundraising implies a great degree of responsibility, in order to ensure that the resources entrusted to us are used wisely as an investment in a better future.
Acts carried out in silence, often become a cry of love. We greatly value the support of all our anonymous donors – thank you for lighting up their hope.
Citizens distinguished Thanks to the joint efforts of our more than 250 donors, volunteers, media groups, sponsors and other supporters, in 2005 the City of Joy made great advances, bringing us ever close towards our vision. Our sincere thanks to each and every one of you who demonstrated your commitment to our local community, and your confidence in the Foundation’s capacity to make Quintana Roo a better place for everyone. If you would like to consult the complete list of our donors, please visit our website www.cityofjoyfoundation.org
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JADCOM, S.A. DE C.V. JM CORPORACION, S.A. DE C.V. JUAN VERGARA FERNANDEZ LA DESTILERÍA, RESTAURANTE LA EUROPEA LA HABICHUELA COCULCAN LA PLACITA, TACOS & GRILL LABNÁ, RESTAURANTE LUIGI BIAGI RODRIGUEZ LUIS JORGE GARCIA LLAGUNO MAIZ PROYECTOS, S.A. DE C.V. MAGNICHARTERS MARE SWIMWEAR, S.A. DE C.V. MARIN, COLUNGA Y ASOCIADOS, S.C. MATERIALES ABC MATERIALES DIAL MEDICAL CARE GROUP, S.C. MEXICO INVESTMENT STRATEGIES NOTARÍA PÚBLICA 25 NYT FOODS, S. DE R.L DE C.V. OCEANOGRAFÍA S.A. DE C.V. OFICINA DE VISITANTES Y CONVENCIONES OPERADORA ELISA, S.A. DE C.V. OPERADORA REGIOSUR, S.A. DE C.V. PERFUMERIA ULTRA, S.A. DE C.V. PINTURAS MAPLA PLAZA DE TOROS CANCÚN PLAZA NAYANDEI PROMOTORA PIONEROS DE CANCÚN PROVEEDORES DE ALIMENTOS DE CANCÚN QUINTANA ROO AUTOMOTORES QUIROGA DISTRIBUIDORES RESORT MARKETING SERVICES REVISTA GRAN CINEMA SALE VENTAS, S.A. DE C.V. SANIRENT STUDENT TRAVEL SERVICES, INC. TECNO METROPOLIS, S.A. DE C.V. TECNOLUZ DEL CARIBE, S.A. DE C.V. THE CITY CANCÚN THE MARK TRAVEL CORPORATION VIAJES BEDA, S.A. DE C.V. ZONESTA, S.C.
Throughout the years, events have become an increasingly important part of the fundraising strategy of the Foundation, providing a range of sponsorship options for socially responsible companies. Moreover, our events fulfill a range of other purposes.
Our events… promote the mission of the City of Joy Foundation disseminate culture and values encourage family integration raise social awareness
2005 was an exceptional year in terms of the fundraising success of our events, totaling US$242,000. The most important events this year were the Third International Dance Festival, the Third Open Golf Tournament and the two Bazaars held in the City of Joy. In the aftermath of Hurricane Wilma in October 2005 we were unable to go ahead with our scheduled events plan and the Annual Bullfighting Festival had to be postponed, generating additional organizational costs even when it eventually took place in December. However, two previously unscheduled events were organized, allowing us to meet some of the costs of our post-hurricane humanitarian aid and reconstruction campaign: a soccer game between NECAXA and a local all-star university team held in Cancun 86 Stadium, and a Furniture Bazaar, held in the Bullfighting Ring.
Eventos 22% Individuos 5% Fundaciones 2%
Nine years ago I found an old man, abandoned and living in subhuman conditions surrounded by dogs and rats. I wanted to take him to a Home, but at that time, there was no old people’s home in Cancun, so I took him to live with us, in our home, with our family. Now he is 100 years old and we treat him as we would like to be treated when we reach his age. When the Home for the Elderly in the City of Joy opened, we decided not to take him to live there, because unfortunately there are too many other abandoned elderly people. At the end of the day, our “grandfather” is well looked after, and many others deserve that same opportunity. Cleo – volunteer in the Home for the Elderly.
With the goal of strengthening the network of community support and development organizations in Quintana Roo, and in accordance with our principal of continuous improvement, the City of Joy Foundation cooperates with an increasing number of public and private, national and international organizations, working together to open new paths towards a society in which everyone enjoys the right to a dignified life.
All the Homes in the City of Joy work in conjunction with municipal authorities, and in particular, with the DIF (National Comprehensive Family Development System). The National Institute for Adult Education (INEA) provides educational services for adult residents. The General Hospital provides support in medical consults and care for pregnant women, the sick and the elderly. Thanks to the agreements signed between the City of Joy and the LaSalle University, Anahuac University and the University of the Caribbean, as well as the wider communication network, more than 10 students applied to carry out their social service or internships in the City of Joy. In spring 2005, representatives of the City of Joy Foundation participated in the First Regional Philanthropic Congress “Achieve More”, organized by Aviomar Foundation, Orbe Foundation, Cozumel Community Foundation, and the University of Quintana Roo, in order to promote the professionalization of the philanthropic sector in the southeast region. In May 2005, City of Joy staff assisted a research team from the University of East Michigan, USA, in the study on the needs of elderly people in the municipality of Benito Juarez. Finally, the City of Joy Foundation maintains an up-to-date directory of NGOs working in Quintana Roo, in order to provide references to those people who unfortunately, we are unable to help directly here in the City of Joy.
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said she was proud of me when I showed her the thank you certificate I for my work as a volunteer in the City of Joy. I was delighted to receive wasn’t expecting it, and I’m so happy to know that even my small contrihelping those people most in need.
Ricardo Lara Volunteer
The City of Joy a joint
effort Our work strategy based on the principle of continuous improvement has allowed us to expand into areas of opportunity and thus provide an even better and more effective support service to the Homes already in operation, as well as to favor the ongoing construction of the project, and its overall contribution to our society.
We thank all those organizations who have responded with dedication and commitment to our call to support the most vulnerable people in Quintana Roo, making the City of Joy their base. IT is they who really make the City of Joy the successful project that it is.
During 2005, the City of Joy Foundation invested over US$238,500 in the five Homes of the City of Joy, assisting their operation in the following way: • Use of building and vehicles (without charge) • Referral of monetary, in-kind donations, and volunteers • General maintenance (electrical installations, plumbing, paint, waterproofing, gardening, septic tank maintenance) • 1200m2 internal roads paved • Equipment donations and upgrades • Maintenance of shared areas, included landscaped zones • Installation of 64 fire extinguishers in all the buildings, supported by a training course in their use • Support in legal issues, administration, fundraising and event organization • Logistical support pre- and post- hurricane
When I found out that I had AIDS, I knew that I was going to die, but I never imagined that the discrimination and the rejection would kill me first. The nuns in PAIPID in the City of Joy gave me back my hope, they looked after me and showed my how to keep on living. Today I share my testimony with others so that they don’t suffer from this terrible disease. Anonymous.
• Subsidization of utilities, including electricity, water, telephone and 24 hour security
The Bread & Blanket Shelter
operated by Caritas Quintana Roo is a reception center for food, clothes, furniture, and many other in-kind donations. Goods are distributed among the Homes of the City of Joy, as well as to needy individuals and families from the surrounding communities.
As well as providing for the 120 residents of the Homes of the City of Joy on any given day, in 2005 the Bread & Blanket Shelter helped 17,608 people from 50 vulnerable communities and offered 15,390 school breakfasts
Social Impact The Home for the Elderly “Oasis of God the Father” operated by the Allied Descalced Carmelites, offers needy elderly folk a complete care and support program so that they may live this stage of their life with security, dignity and vitality. In a homely atmosphere, characterized by patience and love, and in specially designed facilities suitable for the needs of the elderly, the residents receive medical, emotional and spiritual support. In addition, thanks to the support of committed volunteers, residents also participate in a range of recreational activities.
In 2005 the Home operated continually at 100% capacity, caring for 30 elderly individuals on any given day. Throughout the year:
• 65 elderly adults received full residential care • 10 elderly adults received day-care services
The Tumben Xchupal Women’s Shelter, operated by the Slaves of the Sacred Heart, supports young women who have been victims of domestic violence, abuse, or who are pregnant and do not have the support of their partner or family. In a homely atmosphere, the Home accommodates up to 20 women and their young children.
The Women’s Shelter remained full throughout 2005, supporting 374 women and 207 children through the residential program, and 336 women externally. The following services were provided: medical care, psychological support, education, socioeconomic studies, job training and insertion, spiritual orientation.
Cafarnaum Hospice is operated by the Missionaries of the Risen Christ as part
of PAIPID, an organization headquartered in Guadalajara, Mexico, which during the last 8 years has worked in Cancun in a small house located in the downtown area. In March 2005, the organization moved into the specially designed Cafarnaum Hospice, from where they have carried on a range of palliative and educational activities relating to terminal illnesses, and especially HIV-AIDS.
provided In 2005, Cafarnaum Hospice provided: • Residential and nursing care to 109 people (including 31 children) • External support to 162 people • AIDS education conferences and workshops to 4540 people
The arrival of Hurricane Wilma at the end of October 2005 was an exceptional event, provoking 8 weeks of arduous work on behalf of all those involved in the City of Joy. Learning from the experience of Hurricane Emily, who had â€œvisitedâ€? earlier in July, the Coordination staff worked closely with all of the Homes to ensure the physical safety of all the 120 residents of the City of Joy, to receive up to 400 individuals who took shelter in the Homes, and to provide a rapid emergency relief response to those who were most in need in the hard hit surrounding communities.
emergency Hurricane Wilma
shelter On Thursday 20th October, the Homes in the City of Joy opened their doors to receive all those people from the surrounding communities who feared that their weak thatched homes would not withstand the strong winds and rain. Dozens of families arrived from early on, filling up the second wing of the Home for the Elderly which at this point had just been completed and was not yet in use. All of the staff of the City of Joy worked hard to collect the necessary food and supplies, never imagining that they would just be enough to survive the four long days of incertitude. Number of beneficiaries: 400 Number of food rations: 11,700
PAIPID A.C., the organization which operates Cafarnaum Hospice, worked with the local DIF to offer a community kitchen, providing hurricane victims with up to two hot, nutritious meals per day in the immediate aftermath of the hurricane. Number of hot meals served: 4,800
A few children threw my 5 year old daughter into a container where they were burning garbage and by the time I was able to rescue her, her arms and leg were seriously hurt. I ran to the City of Joy in search of help and in the Clinic and doctor was able to treat her and the nuns helped me with clothes and medicines. Mrs Carmen
help for outlying villages and Mayan populations
in the north of our state
The City of Joy Foundation placed its staff at the disposition of a new inter-institutional network called “We are One “ (Somos Uno), consisting of the Catholic Church, universities, local businesses, and non-governmental organizations such as Caritas Quintana Roo, PAIPID, Gilberto Association, A Light of Hope Foundation, Boy Scouts, Red Cross, local government bodies, and a large number of volunteers. Thanks to these linkages, and using the Bread & Blanket Shelter as a reception and distribution Center, Caritas Quintana Roo led the City of Joy’s efforts to bring humanitarian aid, including water, food, blankets, clothing and medicines, to those marginalized communities, prioritizing those which had been hardest hit by the hurricane, but where official government aid was not getting through. Aid trucks/trailers unloaded in City of Joy: 45 Tons of aid: 354 Food packages distributed: 12,632 Liters of water distributed: 35,200 Families helped: 5,000 Communities helped: 50 Corrugated sheets distributed: 1,340
service Thanks to the arrival of donations of medicines, and the support of local volunteer doctors, a small doctor’s surgery was set up in the offices of the Foundation. Six aid brigades then carried out mobile clinics in outlying regions which for weeks after the hurricane were still cut off by floods. Volunteer doctors: 10
Number of beneficiaries: 1,760
Hurricane Wilma wrecked my thatched hut and Mother Lupita from the Women’s Shelter asked the people from the offices to help me. They gave me corrugated sheets to rebuild the home that I share with my 8 year old son. Leticia Alarcón El Milagro (the Miracle) Community
Hurricane Wilma was a watershed in the growth of the City of Joy, allowing us to facilitate a new level of synergy between the Homes and to fulfill the project’s potential by providing an integrated and rapid response to the affected communities, and managing a larger flow of aid than even some public institutions. Moreover, it was a period in which many people reflected on the fragility of life, and in particular, the vulnerability and extreme poverty in which many local families live in each and every day of the year.
hurricane wilma Reconstruction of the City of Joy
During the 60 hours of Hurricane Wilma, the winds of up to 280kmph and torrential rains caused notable damage to all of the Homes and buildings in the City of Joy, including the complete destruction of 200 linear meters of our perimeter wall. Repairs are estimated to cost over US$80,000, a sum which was far outside our means. Thanks, however, to the generous response of national and international donors, work began on the most important repairs almost immediately. • extensive clean up to remove rubble and fallen trees • 100% repairs to the Women’s Shelter, Home for the Elderly and Cafarnaum Hospice (windows, plumbing, electricity etc) • construction of 200 linear meters of perimeter wall • repair to interior roads and external lighting
We hope that our newfound awareness of the vulnerability of our state and its residents will produce a profound and definitive change in our thoughts and actions, as it is not enough to just solve the emergency today, but instead, it is necessary to ensure a permanent improvement in our infrastructure, economic opportunities and social support programs.
Financial Statements Since its establishment, the City of Joy Foundation has maintained complete, upto-date records of its accounts, including all the documents which attest to its compliance with the law and standard legal and accounting standards. As a result of our financial administration procedures, and as a tool for analysis and evaluation purposes, we produce monthly Financial Statements, which are currently prepared in conjunction with the independent accountancy firm Dom铆nguez, G贸mez & Rocabert. Founded in 1996 and considered to be one of the most responsible and prestigious firms in the region, Dominguez, Gomez & Rocabert joins over 130 firms on five continents as a member of CPA Associates International. In addition, the Foundation commissions an annual audit of its financial statements. From 2001-2003 this was carried out by Despacho Miguel del Olmo S.C., and from 2004 onwards, by Galaz, Yamazaki, Ruiz Urquiza, a firm which is affiliated to Deloitte, one of the four global firms, and which has received, for a fifth consecutive year, the title of Socially Responsible Company awarded by the Mexican Center on Philanthropy. If you would like to view our Financial Statements for 2005 and our Audited Financial Statements for 2004, please consult the appendix at the end of this document.
comparative analysis of income
Our work plan for 2006 includes the following goals: City of Joy Optimize the projectâ€™s care-giving and support structures Social Impact Provide the best response to current social issues, widening our impact through judicious linkages with other organizations Fundraising Diversify and grow our donor base to increase our financial sustainability Leadership Add value to our project in the long term, in relation to the NGO sector and our community in general
John Paul II Multipurpose Center Our complete care program would not complete without responding to the educational, spiritual and security needs of our beneficiaries. This Multipurpose Center, sixth building in the City of Joy, will be an outstanding example of the synergies generated by this innovative project and will be built in 2006 to serve as Chapel, Conference and Training Center, and Hurricane Shelter, in benefit of all the direct beneficiaries of the City of Joy and residents of the surrounding poor communities. Construction area: 656m2 Capacity: 380 people Investment: $315,000
Education is the master key to our future, path of integration to the marginalized, soul of social dynamism, right and obligation of each human being. Were it that states, intermediary groups, individuals, institutions and private organizations would focus their efforts on promoting education throughout the whole region.
Pope John Paul II Message to the United Nations (CEPAL) 1987
community medical service Projected start date: February 2006 Objective: Establish a self-sustaining medical center in the City of Joy to provide the following services: • Medical care for residents of the City of Joy • External consults to needy families and individuals for a symbolic fee • Pharmacy service • Construction of a network of supporting organizations and referral of patients when necessary • Health care outreach brigades to marginalized communities • Relief brigades in case of emergency
community legal service Projected start date: 2006 Objective: Establish a self-sustaining legal support office in the City of Joy to provide the following services: • Legal support for residents of the City of Joy • External legal consults for needy families and individuals for a symbolic fee • Construction of a network of supporting organizations and referral of clients when necessary
program Projected start date: June 2006 Objectives: 1. Development of process manual (reception, distribution, reporting, collaboration processes) 2. Food and inkind donations bank to be maintained during hurricane season (June – November) 3. Monetary fund established as a back up in case of emergency 4. Inter-institutional linkages (cooperation agreements) 5. Training
board of governers President: Vicepresident: Secretary: Treasurer: Founding member: Founding member: Founding member: Member: Member: Member: Member:
Juan Ignacio Athié Lambarri Fernando García Zalvidea Gonzalo Lammoglia Hector Ignacio Herrera Herrera José Ampudia Cárdenas Fernando Rodríguez Martínez Antonio Enyedy Perkovac Ana Catalina Garza de Treviño Mauricio Navarro Aspero Teresa de la Peña Sánchez de Linss PAIPID A.C.
coordination General Coordinator Construction Coordinator Communication Coordinator Fundraising Coordinator Administrator Assistant
Laura Ulloa Padilla Ernesto de la Cruz Dalia Omaña Toledo Anita Gallagher Yamile Decena Ara Martha Pérez Flores
Coordination Offices City of Joy Foundation A.C. Tel. 898 6223, 898 6230 Fax: 898 62 24 email@example.com www.cityofjoyfoundation.org Bread & Blanket Shelter Caritas Quintana Roo A.C. Tel. 898 6227 firstname.lastname@example.org Women’s Shelter Tumben Xchupal Institute A.C. Tel. 898 6243 email@example.com Home for the Elderly Oasis of God the Father Tel. 898 6229 firstname.lastname@example.org
Cafarnaum Hospice PAIPID A.C. Tel. 898 6231
The great opportunities to help each other are extrange, but the small opportunities comes a lot of times in the rest of the day. Sally Koch
2005 Financial Statements
2005 Financial Statements
City of Joy Foundation
City of Joy Foundation
City of Joy Foundation
2005 Annual Report is published by the City of Joy Foundation A.C. This edition of 600 copies was printed in March 2006 by Grupo Editorial Regiomontano in Avenida Lopez Portillo, Sm 58, Mz 45, Cancún, Quintana Roo, México. An electronic version is available online at
City of Joy
How can I help? Every day the City of Joy helps more and more people, giving them new opportunities for life. There are many ways that you can work with us to light up their hope.
Light up their hope
Deposit your donation in cash or by cheque to our bank account and fax us the donation slip so that we can register your donation. The bank account is in the name of “Fundación Ciudad de la Alegría A.C.”, in BBVA Bancomer, account number 0108579334, Branch number 5764 in Cancún, Quintana Roo.
Make a monthly donation via your credit or debit card. Please ﬁll in a donation form and bear in mind that your details will be managed conﬁdentially and you are able to change or cancel your donation at any time.
Donate goods (which if second hand, must be in good condition) such as: - food items - furniture - clothes - medicines and medical equipment - construction materials
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Sponsor one of our fundraising events or rafﬂes. Work with us to design a tailormade fundraising project in line with the needs of your business or organisation. Share your time with the residents of the City of Joy, helping as a volunteer in one of the Homes. Spread the word about the City of Joy project so that others can know and support our work. The City of Joy Foundation is a legally constituted organisation under Mexican law, founded in 2000 and with full authorization to provide tax deductible receipts, in Mexico and the US.
Carretera Mérida-Cancún, Km 308.6 C.P. 77539 Cancún,Q.Roo Tel. (998) 8986223/25/30 Fax. (998) 8986224 email@example.com