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In many parts of Mexico, physical poverty is common and the basic needs that Canadians take for granted – clean drinking water, safe and affordable housing, and health and education are lacking. According to the World Health Organization, thousands of families in Mexico live on less than $5 per day, teen pregnancies and youth suicide rates are rising, and the most common form of hope is found by dropping out of school, joining a gang, or escaping reality through substance abuse.


C-quest partners with local church ministry partners through four core projects: Health, Home, Hope, and Heart, to meet the basic physical needs of the Yucatán people. To support one of our projects, use the button below and follow the directions on the Donation page to help make a difference in the lives of those living in poverty in Mexico. All donations over $50.00 will recieve a tax receipt.


Project 1: Family Camp for Needy Families 
Project 2: Mini Home Makeovers 

Objective : Our objective is to develop and implement programs that make a difference in the lives of at-risk youth in areas of education, getting a job, staying in school, making life choices, leadership and vocational training … delivered in a camp environment.


Background: C-Quest is partnering with local community leaders to create a safe youth and family camp roughly 45 minutes from Progreso, that is open and accessible to hundreds of families in the surrounding villages, of all backgrounds. These children normally would not have the means to go to camp or sports programs, and the alternative of gang culture, drugs or other past times put these kids at risk. Camp John 3:16 will change that and provide hope for hundreds of children in neighboring pueblos.


Project Plan: Work with C-Quest and Camp John : 3:16 director, Gama Canul to advance the development of the Phase 1 building structure. Previous work teams have helped to build the initial structure, including painting and roofing. A full project plan and drawings are developed by EMI, a Christian engineering firm in Canada. Work is already underway and funds are needed to keep this project moving.


Suggested Donation: $100-$3000 to cover essential building phases or $200-$2000 for program development and to send kids to camp.

Objective: To generously transform a home for needy families in needy villages through acts of kindness that relate to their current home or shelter.


Background: Many people are physically unable or do not have the means to maintain a safe living environment for their families.


Project Plan: Families are prequalified and selected by our partners who are deeply engaged in the community and can assess need and ability to help themselves. Projects may include light roof repair, small home maintenance projects, painting, cleaning, installing shelves or other fixtures, bringing food and water, clothing, toys, books or other items needed for the family. Each project entails spending several hours or an entire day working on a home, sharing a meal together to celebrate and building relationships of hope.


Suggested Donation: $50 to cover supplies and materials 

Project 3: Orphan Care  
Project 4: English Programs

Objective: To improve the quality of life and prospects for a bright future for an orphan.


Background: The state of Yucatan suffers from a high number of orphans who are left to public systems that are inadequate to cover the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of a child.


Project Plan: C-Quest currently works with its partner to bring programs of hope to orphanages including sports, education, health, self-esteem and confidence building programs in addition to spiritual growth for orphaned children. We also provide clothing, toys and educational materials and need financial support to make this program work.


Suggested Donation: $25/month for supplies

Objective: To improve a child’s future by teaching basic English conversational and vocabulary skills.


Background: Children living in poverty have limited education to begin with. English conversational training is usually completely unavailable yet would create an advantage for these children in order to gain employment in higher paying jobs such as in tourism or business. C-Quest wants to give these children the best chance they can get to graduate from school with an educational advantage.


Project Plan: C-Quest works one-on-one or in small groups providing ESL tutoring and mentoring in poor villages where education lags.  Materials such as flash cards, books, posters, music and DVDs are needed to support this program.


Suggested Donation: $50 for a set of teaching tools 

Project 5: Pancake Programs  
Project 6: Food Hampers 

Objective: To spread joy by serving food and spending time with the lost and lonely.


Background: Orphaned seniors and orphaned families are two common scenarios in Merida at Casa de Los Abuelos and Hospital H’Oran.


Project Plan: C-Quest coordinates Pancake Programs through its partners and offers free Pancake breakfasts (and dinners!) to hundreds of people living on the streets or living in orphaned seniors homes. An entire day is brightened just by spending time with these people, and sharing the love of Jesus through ‘hands and feet’ service.


Suggested Donation: $15 / serves 10 people 

Objective: To provide short term relief through food.


Background: Poverty is a difficult issue to tackle without addressing the basic need of food for a household. Tortillas, beans and rice are the basic necessities for a family. Meat such as pork, chicken and turkey are not as readily affordable and yet add an important component of diet for children living in poverty.


Project Plan: C-Quest currently works with its ministry partners to bring food to the neediest of families, within their church families who are often stuggling, as well as to others in their respective communities. Food hampers include basic staples such as rice and dry beans, as well as fresh fruit, meat, vegetables and dairy.


Suggested Donation: $45/food hamper

Project 7: Plant a Church  
Project 8: Buy a Bible 

Objective: To introduce people to the saving grace of Jesus Christ and to disciple new believers.


Background: Hundreds of thousands of people in the Yucatan may believe that God exists, but still not know and love Jesus as Savior. Ancient beliefs and cultural norms make religion something that one does out of tradition rather than as an act of submission and love for Christ.  The underlying issue of poverty and hopelessness can only truly be addressed by knowing the love of Jesus.


Project Plan: C-Quest currently works with three ministry partners to bring programs of the heart to the darkest places in the state. Small worship services, Bible studies, prayer meetings and other Christian programs are made accessible and enhanced through the work of local church.


Suggested Donation: $100/month for Church support

Objective: To introduce someone to the Word of God in their own language.


Background: This one is simply the best. “La Palabra” is the Word of God, and the most important book that can one day be in the home of every Yucatecan family, to be read, cherished and loved.


Project Plan: C-Quest buys Spanish AND Mayan language Bibles from local suppliers.  Children’s Bibles are also available.


Suggested donation: $25 for four bibles

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