The 2018 Annual Management Conference in San Diego, CA featured a delightful and inspiring pre-conference day in Tijuana, Mexico. The trip included conference participants from both coasts and four countries. Stops included the Binational Friendship Garden at the border wall at the ocean, two health care facilities (Fundacion Castro Limon and Hospital Infantil de las Californias); lunch at Origen Argentino Restaurant with presentations from Create Purpose (education and training for orphans) and Fundacion Gaia (ten programs serving vulnerable populations); and presentations by workers at dynamic community centers (DIF Tijuana, DIF Comunitario Camino Verde, and Camino Verde Casa de las Ideas).
Special thanks to Claudia Llamas with the SD chapter, Alejandro Hierro in Tijuana, and the City of Tijuana’s Board of Tourism and Conventions which provided transportation and assisted with logistics and escorts!
Binational Friendship Garden (Friends of Friendship Park)
Guest Speaker: Daniel Watman
Synopsis: As we work toward a truly binational park, the Friends of Friendship Park propose the restoration of unrestricted public access to three locations: the historic Monument 258, the beach below Monument Mesa, and the Binational Friendship Garden of Native Plants. The garden’s dual purpose is to create a space where people can make friends through the border wall and to promote the native flora of our region.
Fundación Castro Limón
Guest Speaker: Dr. Andres Araujo
Synopsis: Non-profit association that seeks funds to provide comprehensive care to children with cancer. They provide pediatric oncological services, long term hospitalizations, therapeutic/ psychological services for patients & their families, case management, outreach and non denominational religious services; among others.
Hospital Infantil de las Californias
Guest Speaker: Josefina Montes de Oca
Synopsis: Children’s hospital providing health services to children from newborns to 18 years of age, regardless of their socioeconomic level, race or religion. It has 26 pediatric specialties, short-stay surgeries, pharmacy, x-rays, as well as educational programs focused on nutrition and prevention.
Guest Speaker: Jorge Bedoya
Synopsis: Government program (similar to Child Welfare & Family Services) that serves and protects families and vulnerable sectors of the city. Their main goal is to work towards the welfare, strengthening & self-sufficiency of families; focusing on the vulnerable population offering preventive actions and intervention in social assistance.
DIF Comunitario Camino Verde
Guest Speaker: SW Yolanda del Angel
Synopsis: Community center run by local Child & Family Welfare Services that provides a “Third Space” for community engagement, recreational activities, workshops & classes to teach skills & trades and health & wellness services. Part of a larger community redevelopment project in the neighborhood of Camino Verde. Design of space was made to LEED specifications of sustainability.
Camino Verde Casa de las Ideas
Guest Speaker: Francisco Orozco
Synopsis: Community center that provides creative, artistic & technology based programs for the community in their efforts to promote culture, community building, resilience and creative thinking. Space is open to all interested in their program and they have done collaborations with the local juvenile justice system.
Guest Speaker: Nicholas Sandoval
Synopsis: Create Purpose applies the proven methodology of Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematic (STEAM) using Project Based Learning principles within Tijuana orphanages. This approach teaches children life skills that help them overcome poverty and pursue their purpose.
Guest Speaker: Darinka Carballo
Synopsis: Community based nonprofit run by local volunteers from many professions & walks of life that seek to provide sustainable support to vulnerable sectors of our community. “Fundacion Gaia” currently has 10 projects serving a wide range of needs in the region; from immigration issues to animal rights, Orphaned and Vulnerable Children (OVC) to name a few.
Coordinator: Juan Saldaña
Synopsis: City of Tijuana’s board of Tourism and Conventions. They are the official committee responsible for implementing and promoting the tourism programs of the city, composed of a board of directors where it is represented by different private and public agencies of Tijuana.
SIDE NOTE: During our day trip, they provided transportation and assisted with logistics and patrol escorts