On September 15, approximately 70 guests attended the Niños de Chapala y Ajijic (NCA) Moroccan-themed “Rock the Casbah” fundraiser, dining on Chicken Tagine, served with rice, seeded rolls and a tantalizing Moroccan carrot salad.
Dinner was topped off with a slice of rich chocolate cake for dessert.
Antonio Pinto, a local eye doctor, donated and prepared the tasty meal, while NCA President Doug Friend and his wife Nancy donated the cost of the beverages. Due to their generosity, the event incurred minimal expenses, which translated into more money for the children.
“For the Love of Education,” NCA’s tagline, succinctly describes this non-profit that just celebrated its 41st year of incorporation. Formed in 1977 in Chapala by a group of Mexicans who believed strongly in education, NCA assists underprivileged children and young adults in the Lake Chapala area to achieve their maximum educational potential.
NCA’s role is to connect sponsors – typically those from north of the border – with children living in and around lakeside.
Said Friend, “These children are often bright and capable but come from families with not enough money to keep their children in school. As a result, many of these children drop out of the forth and fifth grades to help their families with the task of earning money.”
Lilia Quezada, an NCA volunteer, was helping out at the event. “As one of the only Mexican volunteers at NCA, I act as a liaison for those who want to help the children but don’t know how to get started,” she said. “I also tutor children, assist in the office, and help with fundraising events such as this one. Having been a preschool teacher, my passion is all about education.”