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A Bridge To Opportunity Video

Have you seen our new video yet?! We’re really excited about it! Thank you to our wonderful team members who shared their experiences with us for this project. It was fun working with you!

Would you like to join an upcoming team? Our next scheduled, open team will be from March 24th-April 2nd, 2017. Board Member and Team Leader Cecelia Monto will be having an info session about the trip on June 6, 2016 at 5:00 pm in Building 5 Room 250 at the main Chemeketa Community College campus.

Seeking Additional Team Members!

We’re looking for two more people to join the Spring 2016 Chemeketa Community College Team to Oaxaca, which will be led by Friends of Pimpollo Board Member Cecelia Monto. The group will travel to Oaxaca from June 10-19, 2016. Says Monto about the class, “Students participate in a class on campus that meets only six times, and then the bulk of the class takes place with the project in Oaxaca. We will have guest lectures from the field and a trip to Medical Teams International, so it’s a truly interesting class. Plus it gives four transferrable credits in HUM 120, which is part of the requirements for the AAOT (the two year transfer degree in Oregon).” 

The deadline to apply has been extended to March 14th. Sign up today! Learn more by visiting the Chemeketa Study Abroad website. An informational brochure about the course can be found here and the application can be found here.

CCC June 2015 Team

February 2016 Newsletter

Check out the latest happenings with Friends of Pimpollo! Read our most recent newsletter here!

Two Teams Visit Oaxaca in Fall 2016

Team 65 and Team 66 Spend Time With Students of All Ages
Team 65 "Postmen"

This past fall, two teams traveled from Oregon to Oaxaca to visit the schools and accompany the community surrounding Vicente Guerrero.

In October, Board Member Cecelia Monto led a great group down to the area. The group that made up Team 65 split time between studying Spanish at a local language school and collaborating on projects in the community. (See the “postmen,” right, who carried concrete posts while working.)

This November, Friends of Pimpollo Founder John Kerr traveled to Oaxaca with the equally great members of Team 66. Some highlights from this group included attending a graduation ceremony for adults completing their primary or secondary education, as well as the inauguration of the third school in the Oaxaca Kids Can Program. This school, Porfirio Diaz, is a bilingual primary school. The students and parents reported that they were very excited for the breakfast phase of the program to commence and were committed to making it a huge success.

Both groups had the opportunity to work closely with and learn from program director Bonifacio Luis Hernandez and many different community members.

Teachers & Team 66 Members(Left: Members of Team 66 with teachers and cooks at Adolfo Lopez Mateos School after serving breakfast to the students.)

Team Member Spotlight: Mary Laughlin

Team 66
I’ve made about eight trips to Mexico now, including several to Oaxaca, but this was different and so enjoyable in quite a different way. Although I’ve visited FOP’s projects a couple of times before and taught English for several days in one of the schools, I enjoyed the opportunity to see the broad spectrum of FOP’s many different activities. Meeting with and having the chance to talk to students, parents, teachers and some of the former Pimpollo students was totally delightful and very informative.

-Mary Laughlin, Team 66

An Abundance of Gratitude

Dear Friends,Thank You Gracias

‘Tis the season for sharing what we are thankful for, and I am filled with an abundance of gratitude–and that’s not just because Thanksgiving is quickly approaching! For me, each and every day offers its own unique opportunities to give thanks and express gratitude. However, I just recently returned from my first visit to Oaxaca, where I had the chance to visit some of our programs and meet many incredible people. Since the timing happens to coincide with Thanksgiving, I would like to share my appreciation for the people who inspire and sustain me in my work with Friends of Pimpollo.

  • I am grateful for everyone who helps to make the Oaxaca Kids Can Program the tremendous success it is. Here at FOP, we are beyond excited to announce that a third school, Porfirio Diaz, is launching the OKC breakfast program three days a week for 56 students.
  • I am grateful for the parents in the communities we support who take initiative and work hard so their children (and they themselves) can benefit from opportunities that can come with education.
  • I am grateful for all the teachers who give of their time and energy so that they can plant the seeds of knowledge and encourage curiosity in their students.
  • I am grateful for all the members of our 66 teams who have accompanied the communities we work with and who have shared their experiences and our mission with others upon their return.
  • I am grateful for the hard work and dedication of all of our program coordinators in Mexico.
  • More than anything, I am grateful for all the students in our programs, whether they be a preschooler just starting their educational journey, or a 70-year-old grandmother receiving her certificate from the Adult Literacy Program. Your motivation to learn and grow inspires me every day.

I firmly believe the future looks brighter when the present is filled with education, and we couldn’t do all we do without the incredible support of people like you. Thank you. Please know that I am abundantly grateful for you.

All the best,

Laura Ruggles
Executive Director

Team 65

Board Member and team leader extraordinaire Cecelia Monto with Marcela at a construction site near the community center in Vicente Guerrero.

Board Member and team leader extraordinaire Cecelia Monto with Marcela at a construction site near the community center in Vicente Guerrero.


These three gentlemen were dubbed the "post men" by their teammates as they were putting in concrete fence posts. Nice work!

These three gentlemen were dubbed the “post men” by their teammates as they were putting in concrete fence posts. Nice work!


Team 65 had the opportunity to paint bookshelves while in Oaxaca this past week. Looks good! We can't wait to see them filled with books soon.

Team 65 had the opportunity to paint bookshelves while in Oaxaca this past week. Looks good! We can’t wait to see them filled with books soon.

October 2014 Newsletter

Have you been wondering what’s been happening in the Friends of Pimpollo world the past three months? Well, then, it’s your lucky day! Check out our October 2015 newsletter here!

Team Member Spotlight: Gail Sanchez

CCC Team 2015
There are times where I feel confused about what my true calling is. I question the choices I make. I always ask myself, do I see myself entertained, amazed, and completely happy with the life I’m living right now? The answer is not always a yes, but while serving the community of Oaxaca I felt whole. Everything came full circle. Oaxaca not only opened a home for me, but it opened the door I was in search of, the door of my career. I want to center my career working with, and for children like Carlos, who aspire for a bright future through their education. Much like Carlos, I aspire to make a change in my future through my education. Thank you Oaxaca.” 
-Gail Sanchez
Student, Team 63