HOW WE'VE IMPACTED OUR COMMUNITY
Learn more about past projects Ama International has undertaken to bring change to life!
Ama Mission 2018
Zapopan Connection Center
During our second mission trip abroad to Zapopan, Mexico, we took our community outreach to the next level by offering free medical and dental care, haircuts, and carnival games, and inflatables for kids. Our big project was building the Connection Center, a community center for youth and children from impoverished neighborhoods. The Connection Center, which is about 75% complete, hosts weekly classes and includes a 500-book library.
Ama Mission 2019
Oaxaca Clinics & Building Project
Our third mission trip abroad took us to Oaxaca, Mexico, to serve a little town still recovering from a devastating 2017 earthquake. The heart of our mission was to care for the people of Santa Maria Xadani and help create sustainable change through medical and dental clinics, skills training, and a community-building project. This trip made possible by the year-long efforts of nearly 50 volunteers was life-changing for both the participants and the recipients. More than a thousand people with a vast range of conditions received treatment from our medical and dental teams, while 15 aspiring entrepreneurs learned the skill of tailoring and around 450 children enjoyed crafts and fun activities. Our building project, a much-needed public restroom, will continue to benefit this community for years to come.
Hope for the Holidays 2020
During the Holiday season in 2020, AMA launched our first annual toy and essential needs drive initiative as a movement to do good and give hope by bringing community partners together with a focus on helping families in need, both local and across the border.
The initiative resulted in over 800 toys to 56 Kent County families working with 19 community sponsors. Three additional pallets of toys were shipped to Mexico and distributed the weekend of February 14th.
Pandemic Pantry Program
In late March, Ama began to partner with MeXo restaurant and Faith Church of Grand Rapids to provide masks (PPE), food baskets, meals, and essential needs to vulnerable populations through volunteer drivers, zeroing in on individuals with social determinants that prohibit them to access resources.
In August, Ama was awarded a CARES Act Grant to continue this good work and 4500 people were provided for in September and October. Foods were sourced at local farms and through local grocers to maximize impact.
Ama has transported a total of $370,000 worth of supplies into vulnerable communities in Mexico since 2018. In 2020, we transported a total of $200,000 worth of PPE, medical supplies, clothing, educational resources, hygiene products, technology, and other essentials.
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