How is Comunidad organized to achieve its goals?
Comunidad functions as a ‘non-profit startup’. It is currently organized around three programs, Salud, Escuela and Infrastructura.
Why focus on indigenous people?
Because their need is so great and we can make an immediate and marked difference in their lives. As a ‘non-profit startup’, we always focus on ROI (return on investment). And while we recognize that there are needy communities in the United States, we believe that our funds and our volunteers’ time have the greatest impact in the Nativo communities. For example, we can bring potable water to a tribe for less than $10,000 and can keep a student in school for less than $150 a year. Returns we couldn’t achieve in the United States.
Why the focus on Baja California?
Basically, the reasons are three: need, impact and location. While we recognize the needs of the under-served in our own communities, we believe that not only is the need great in the Baja tribes, but also the ROI (return on investment) can be greater there, with even the smallest donation able to make a significant impact in the lives of the indigenous. Additionally, Baja California is easily accessible to Comunidad’s volunteers, whether they fly small planes, take commercial flights, or drive.
What indigenous tribes do you support?
How does Comunidad communicate with these indigenous tribes of Baja?
From a language standpoint, most of the indigenous tribes of Baja speak both Spanish and their native indigenous language. Ongoing communication with the tribes is difficult, since most of them lack phones-either land lines or mobile. As a result Comunidad’s Ensenada based liaison often has to drive out to the communities to relay information about upcoming programs and activities.
Does Comunidad have any religious affiliations?
How are you different from other groups such as Doctors Without Borders and the Flying Doctors (Los Medicos Voladores)?
Basically we differ in terms of scope (populations served) and the nature of our programs. Doctors Without Borders focuses on world crisis areas, such as the Balkans or Sudan. They recruit only health-care professionals and usually require a minimum of a six-month commitment. The Flying Doctors serves a wide number of communities in Mexico through “triage” trips, addressing the most pressing cases in that limited period. Comunidad focuses on the long-term health as well as the immediate needs of a select population (the indigenous tribes of northern Mexico); our goal is to establish medical and educational self-sufficiency through a wide variety of programs, from medical care and preventive education to building remote clinics and potable water systems.
Does Comunidad work with the Mexican government?
How does Comunidad raise funds?
Are any of the members of Comunidad paid by the non-profit?
Who is currently on the Comunidad board of directors and what are their roles and backgrounds?
A list of our BOD members can be found by clicking HERE -
Does Comunidad provide an accounting of how it spends its money?
Yes, Comunidad provides access to a detailed accounting of all activities and money spent. For more information please contact Teresa Todd, Comunidad’s Treasurer at Teresa@bajacomunidad.org 408-977-1213 x 115
How does an individual get involved?
For more information, please contact Teresa Todd, Comunidad’s president, at: