Covid-19 has made for a very tough year at the IPODERAC Boys' Home and at the IPODERAC Girls' Home. All the children and all of the staff have been quarantined since March. With very little exception, no has come to either campus, and no one has left. Together, they’ve supported one another, and they’ve made it through the year, but it’s been a long, difficult, and isolating time.
Friends and family – We are reaching out again this year requesting your support for the higher education of 12 young men at IPODERAC, the home for homeless and abandoned boys in central Mexico. Many of you have supported these scholarships in the past and we are making this important ask of you again. (You can donate here.)Read more
Please support the 2019 IPODERAC’S Children Fund (ICF) Scholarship campaign.
ICF is raising $22,000 to fund 12 full scholarships for young people living at IPODERAC in Atlixco, Mexico. These young people completed their high school and are pursuing advanced education to acquire the academic knowledge and job skills to help them be self-sufficient, live independently, and lead productive lives.
Francisco Martinez-Oronoz (Frankie) who volunteered at IPODERAC 7 years ago, alongside ICF board member August Ritter, returned recently to IPODERAC to implement an 8-week mindfulness-based curriculum for several of the older boys. Frankie developed this curriculum as part of his practice and research as a doctoral candidate at Florida State University. His message to donors and friends of IPODERAC after his recent work with the boys is clear:Read more
For the past four years, Kid’s Christmas Fund has worked with IPODERAC’s Children Fund to make sure that every kid at IPODERAC wakes up to a Christmas present on the morning of December 25th. Recently, IPODERAC has partnered with a hair salon in the local town to ensure that each boy receives a fun present this holiday season. So this year, Kid’s Christmas Fund and ICF are asking our friends and family to help us with one of the most important aspects in setting the young men of IPODERAC up for success – scholarships for a post-high school education that helps them obtain work and self-sufficiency.Read more
On September 25th, IPODERAC celebrated its 50th anniversary by thanking all of the people who have helped IPODERAC with donations and services throughout the years. The celebration was held in a garden at IPODERAC that was beautifully decorated by Eli Couttolenc and was accompanied by a casual brunch of cheese, grapes, bread, and wine.Read more
The 50th Anniversary of IPODERAC was celebrated with “Somos la Familia que Elegimos”, an event that was attended by more than 300 friends, family, supporters, staff, volunteers, and boys who were reunited after many years.Read more
“Somos la Familia que Elegimos” (We are the Family we Choose) will be a celebration where we gather all the boys who have graduated, and volunteers and workers who have been an important part of IPODERAC. Join us!Read more
Following a showing of Visitor's Day, and a question and answer session by Nicole Opper and Ignacio Pérez Mondragón, attendees gathered at The Hamilton to celebrate and discuss the film.Read more
Members of the Lodo Rotary Club and their family visited IPODERAC to celebrate Día de los Muertos with the boys and tour the land for the new girls' program.Read more
I had the privilege of joining 27 other MOBsters , and 7 chaperones- including our fearless leader “la pastroa” Sheri Fry- on an amazing trip to Mexico. We worked at the organization Ipoderac, nestled in the heart of the city of Atlixco. Our time was spent working with livestock, cleaning, clearing land, and most importantly- playing, learning, and interacting with resident Ipoderac boys.Read more
My mission trip to IPODERAC last month was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. It was one of the first times I have been away from home on my own and the very first deep into a foreign country. Thankfully I know some Spanish, so it wasn’t as much of a shock to my system as it might have been.Read more
A few weeks ago, while I was on business in Mexico City and was walking into an elevator at a government office in Mexico City, a young man rushed up to me just as the doors were beginning to close. “Jim, Jim,” he said, “do you remember me?”Read more
Groundbreaking for the new girls' program will be Saturday, November 29, 2014 in Atlixco, Mexico.Read more
Thank you for your submissions of poems that represent the essence of IPODERAC. The winning entry is....Read more
Every boy who arrives at IPODERAC is at a disadvantage compared with his peers when it comes to academic, intellectual, and cognitive skills as well as motor abilities.Read more
When IPODERAC was created 44 years ago, the founders were committed to making the organization self-sustainable. One of the biggest on-site workshops that allows IPODERAC to cover most of its own costs is the cheese factory.Read more
When I told people I was going to Mexico, there were two responses: “Which beach?” since my standard vacation preference usually involved sand, or concerns over the recent violence in the border and tourist towns. The city of Atlixco was fortunately far from all of this and gave me a completely different perspective of Mexico and its culture.Read more
During the summer of 2009, I searched for a volunteer opportunity in South America or Mexico. Before long, one found me. A family friend told me of a home for abandoned and homeless boys in Mexico called IPODERAC. This seemed to be exactly what I was looking for, so in September, I packed my bags and headed south.Read more