Based on what they learned on the campaign trail, two of Chapala’s losing mayoral candidates have set up separate non-profit organizations aimed at addressing critical public issues through community actions that benefit the underprivileged and the local environment.
Alejandro Aguirre Curiel, close second runner in the July 1 election, hosted the October 17 launch of Alégrate Chapala, A.C., a nonprofit group that will focus on alleviating social problems that are prevalent among the most vulnerable sectors of the community as well as advocating actions for lake conservation.
With Guadalajara Archbishop Emeritus Juan Sandoval Iñiguez and former Jalisco Governor Francisco Ramírez Acuña attending as guests of honor, the kick-off brought together prominent community leaders and local residents from all social strata.
Earlier this month Diego Castro Morales, the independent who placed fifth among seven election contenders, held a reception to introduce the Consejo de Participación Ciudadana, A.C. (Copacir), the nonprofit he founded to encourage greater citizen involvement in activities that improve the area’s quality of life.
The group’s goals include fostering citizen input to the work of local government, guiding existing organizations to work together for common causes and initiating its own independent activities.
Copacir has already donated medical supplies to Chapala’s Municipal Clinic and placed blue barrels to be used as trash containers at bus stops and the Malecón in San Antonio Tlayacapan. A food bank to assist families who suffer hunger is in development.
Both of the organizations have opened Facebook pages to keep followers informed.