Call For Sponsors – 2022

FOB is proud to announce the acceptance of eight new highly qualified university students into its scholarship program. To continue in this program, each student needs a sponsor. Sponsorships are USD 700 per school year. Below you will find the profiles of each student. Hopefully, you will find some common interest in one or more of these fine people and agree to support them financially. Past and present sponsors will attest to the many personal and cross cultural benefits they enjoy from their relationships with their students and student families in Barrón.

BREAKING NEWS! Tania has been sponsored by John and Sandra Davis.

Tania – 21 years old

A first-generation Barrón High School graduate, Tania likes to read in her free time. She works as a waitress in a Stone Island restaurant to help pay for her education. She is in her first semester at the Teacher’s University of Sinaloa in Villa Union where she maintains an A average. Her after-school project in Barrón is to tutor kids who have dropped out of school or are failing. Her long-term goal is to create a recreation/daycare center in Barrón as a safe place to leave kids when parents go to work. Currently, Barrón has no such facility. 

Merischel – 18 years old

Mery likes to play soccer and is an amateur photographer. She works as a waitress at Panamás in Mazatlán to supplement her expenses. Mery is in her second year at the Technical University of Durango in Mazatlán, studying to become a customs agent. Mery lives with her parents, who are helping with the cost of her education. Her dream is to help industrialize for export agricultural and fishery products produced in Barrón. She sees packing plants and processing facilities as essential to the future development of the farming industry in Barrón. 

BREAKING NEWS!! Lance & Jeremy are going to support Juan Manuel

Juan Manuel – 18 years old

Juan Manuel loves to swim and play volleyball. He works on the weekends as a Stone Island waiter to contribute to his education. He is majoring in physical therapy and has completed two semesters at the Superior Technological Institute of Mazatlán, where he maintains a 9.72 GPA. His interest is in medical services, and he wants to provide low-cost in-home physical therapy care to Barron’s poorest residents. 

BREAKING NEWS!! Jessica has been sponsored by Margaret Perez.

Jessica – 18 years old

Jessica is in her first year at the Teachers University of Sinaloa in Mazatlán, maintaining a 9.8 GPA. She has previously worked in a daycare center and plans on continuing to do so during her vacations from school. She has asked to use the space at our dental/medical clinic in Barrón on weekends when we are not open to help tutor poor-performing students.

Erika – 17 years old

Erika is in her first year at the Teaching College University in Concordia, Sinaloa, where she maintains a 9.0 GPA. Erika has to work at least eight hours a week to contribute to her education because her only source of funds is from her parents, who are day laborers in the agricultural industry in Barrón. Her mother became sick this year and can no longer contribute financially. Like the others, Erika plans to give back to her community by working with other student teachers in Barrón to tutor kids who are not doing well. She wants to form a homework club to work with disadvantaged kids.

BREAKING NEWS!! Both Marias have been sponsored by Sandy Vernon and Mike Winey

María del Sol – 18 years old

María is in her second year at the University of Sinaloa in Mazatlán, studying to become a psychologist in a five-year program. She graduated from Barrón High School and finished her first year at the university with a 9.75 average. Her only financial support comes from her father, who also supports her twin sister, María del Mar (also in the scholarship program). 

María del Mar – 18 years old

Identical twin to María del Sol, María del Mar’s favorite pastimes are reading and listening to music. She is a recent graduate of Barrón High School and is in her second year at the University of Sinaloa at Mazatlán, studying to become a lawyer. She completed her last semester with a 9.75 GPA. Her great ambition is to provide pro bono legal services to poor people in her community, and eventually would like to enter politics as the mayor of Barrón (Comisaria de Barrón). In that position, she hopes to do some real good for her community. 

BREAKING NEWS! NAYLETH HAS BEEN SPONSORED BY LEE SMITH

Nayleth – 20 years old

Nayleth is in her third year of university and has yet to find a sponsor. Nayleth attends Mazatlan’s school of fine arts studying to become a preschool teacher. She has a one-year-old child, and with her mother’s help babysitting, she can maintain a solid B average. Her ultimate goal after graduation is to open a new daycare center in Barrón to provide this vital service for the many working mothers.

If you would like to sponsor one of these fine students, please contact Richard McGuire (richardmcg@aol.com), Dale Lyster (dale.lyster@gmail.com), or just reply to this blog. Your student will be in frequent email contact with you to report their progress and to introduce you to their families if you wish to develop a closer relationship.

Arlete Studies Totoaba

Arlete is a scholarship recipient studying Fisheries Biology. She recently participated in a field trip to the northern Sea of Cortez to study Totoaba, shrimp, abalone and oyster propagation. Totoaba are endangered by unregulated Chinese factory fishers who value the fish’s swim bladder for use in herbal medical treatments to boost fertility. Their illegal harvest has also endangered the small endemic porpoise called Vaquita. The vaquita become entangled in the nets the Chinese factory ships cast to catch Totoaba and they drown.

Arlete will be on the front lines of the battle to save these two species when she graduates next year. Her sponsors, Dick and Kris McGuire are also biologists and are thrilled to see their $700 a year in scholarship donations put to such good use.

Friends of Barròn encourages those who have a vocation to find a suitable candidate among the upcoming Class of 2023 whose ambitions they could mentor, to step up to the plate and sponsor a university career. Watch this space for more information about our new scholars.

Scholarship Program Results – 2009 through 2022

Over the past fourteen years, FOB CANAM Inc has awarded eighty university scholarships. Among those scholars, thirty-six have graduated from a university, twenty-four remain enrolled, and twenty have left the program without a university degree for various reasons, including relocation, marriage, and a need to work for pay.

Of the thirty-six graduates:

  • Fourteen are now Certified Teachers
  • Four are Engineers
  • Three are Social Workers
  • Three are Nurses
  • Three are in the Merchant Marine
  • Two hold Business degrees
  • One is a Medical Doctor
  • One is a Dentist
  • One is a Chef
  • One is a Psychologist
  • One is a Physical Therapist
  • One is a Lawyer
  • One is an Accountant

Of those continuing their studies, we have future Fisheries Biologists, more Teachers, and many more professionals in training. These young Barrón residents’ accomplishments are humbling, and we are indebted to those who have and continue to sponsor them. Thank you.

Congratulations Jorge!

We are very blessed and excited to share the recent achievements of our sponsored student, Jorge Manuel Ortega. Jorge graduated from the four-year program at the Nautical Merchant Marine University in Mazatlan in 2020.  After graduation the real work began. He  worked as an apprentice at sea, while continuing to take post graduate courses. Through dedication and hard work, he now has completed 15 additional courses and received his Pilot’s License! Jorge is currently in Ciudad del Carmen, seeking employment. Jorge credits God for helping him to persevere, follow his dreams and overcome a number of life’s obstacles.
These students are a testimony to the success of FOB. Under the leadership of Dick and Dale, we are very thankful for their dedication to this program and to the community of Barron. 
Gratefully,
Rob and Jayne Rupe

Call for Sponsors 2021

Thanks to our sponsors, we saw eight of our Barrón scholarship students graduate from university in 2021. Some of these students have been in the program since freshmen in high school. Of the eight graduates, half have entered internship programs ranging from medical doctor to accountant. In all cases, our generous sponsors are supporting their students through their internships as well.

FOB now has 28 Barrón students on university scholarship; 23 of these students have sponsors. We have five new students in need of sponsors. If you are an EDM resident and wish to sponsor one of these students, contact Dick or Kris McGuire, Phase 1, condo 106. Meanwhile, talk to one of the many past and present EDM sponsors about their experience and the cross cultural opportunities the program has afforded it’s sponsors, our students and their families. This program provides a unique opportunity to connect with the local community! For details on how the program works click on the “Scholarships” tab on the fob news.org website.

Nayleth Isabel has been sponsored by Lee Smith

Nayleth is 19 and in her second year at Mazatlan’s school of fine arts studying to become a pre-school teacher. She has a one-year-old child and with her mother’s help babysitting, she is able to maintain a solid B average. Her ultimate goal after graduation is to open a new day care center in Barrón to eventually provide this important service for the many working mothers.

Ana Julieta has been sponsored by Margaret Perez

Ana is 18 years old and is in her second year studying accounting at Sinaloa state university in Mazatlan. Accounting is a five year program which includes one year of apprenticeship. Ana was raised by a single mim and is working almost full-time while in school trying to help pay her own way. She maintains a 9.0 grade average.

Katia Berenice has been sponsored by Reed and Bette Ratcliffe

Katia is 21 years old and a first year student in dentistry at Northern Pacific University in Mazatlan. She enjoys reading and spending time with her baby daughter. She works half-time while in school and contributes to her education and do her parents. Dental school costs range from $4000 -$6000 pesos per month and she is having difficulty making ends meet on her own. She has expressed a desire to volunteer as an intern at the FOB Medical/Dental Clinic in Barrón.

William Smith has been sponsored by Dale Lyster

William is nineteen years old and is enrolled in education at the University of Sinaloa, Mazatlan where he is pursuing a high school teaching degree. This is a five-year program. He is helping to put himself through school by working sixteen hours a week as a waiter in the restaurants in Isla de la Piedra and as a day laborer in the agricultural fields of Barrón. He volunteers as an internet technology tutor for kids in the secondary and high schools of Barrón. Ultimately, his goal is to be a teacher and set up workshops for kids to learn new technologies after school hours.

Katia Guadalupe has been sponsored by Reed and Bette Ratcliffe

Katia is nineteen years old and is a sophomore in the Nursing Program at the University of Sinaloa, Mazatlan. She is a graduate of the Barrón high school where she maintained an 8.5 GPA. During her summer vacations and on weekends, she works in a mango packing plant and as a waitress at Stone Island. One of her goals when she graduates is to return to Barrón and work as a nurse.

Fundraising Effort Tops $5000

The year-end fundraiser to fund the Barrón Free Medical/Dental Clinic has topped $5000 triggering a 100% match from our anonymous donor. There are ten days left to send your 2021 Charitable Donation and qualify for the new 50% match by another anonymous donor. Please consider making your donation today. Send your check to FOB CANAM, c/o Richard McGuire, 18 Oxford Ranch Rd, Laramie, Wyoming. 82070 or use PayPal (FOB_CANAM@aol.com).

FOB Year End Fundraiser Kicks Off

Hello dear friends,
Since we last spoke, our efforts in the tiny Mexican town of Barrón have continued.  With your generous past donations much has been accomplished!  Let us bring you up to speed.
Last year we reached our fundraising goals and kept the medical and dental clinic open throughout the year.  The clinic is now open 5 to 6 days a week and is staffed by a full time nurse, Monica, a medical doctor, Dr. Jesus, three times a week, and a dentist Dr. Javier (who is a Barron native) two days a week.  In addition, individual appointments with a nutritionist and a physical therapist, Oscar, have proven to be quite popular.

(Left to Right) Physical Therapist and Nurse Oscar Rios, Administrator and Nurse Monica Rubi, Doctor Jesus Guerrero

(Left to Right) Doctor Jesus Guerrero, Dentist and Barron native Dr Javier Wiltron, Physical therapist Oscar Rios

The staff sees 40-60 patients a week.  This number surged to 60-80 patients per week over the summer when the Delta variant of COVID ravaged the town, causing the infectivity rate to soar to 40%-60% of the patients tested.  The clinic was able to provide free COVID tests and physician consultations to symptomatic people during this difficult time.  
Now that COVID has ebbed (at least for now), the clinic provides all medical services and a fully stocked pharmacy free to Barron residents.

Thanks to your generous donations, residents of this tiny town were able to access critical medical attention during a truly unprecedented time.  Care was present where normally it would have been completely absent.  Our clinic withstood the latest wave of COVID, on top of all the other ailments out there.

The Nuts and Bolts

  • It costs $2,500 per month to keep the clinic open and free. All the hard ground work has been done: securing the building, hiring the staff, stocking the pharmacy, and building trust within the community.  Now, it is just a matter of paying the monthly bills.   
  • Our goal is to raise $30,000 to cover the day to day expenses, as well as any curveballs the future has in store for us.
  • A generous Anonymous donor has pledged a 100% match as soon as initial donations reach $5,000 and a 50% match of the next $5,000! Please help us take advantage of these exciting challenge grants!
  • The Rotary Club of Fort Collins, Colorado has already pledged $7,500 for the purchase of medical and dental equipment.

The Barron clinic started in 2014 as a week long free clinic, with shower curtains defining the exam rooms in a small town hall. It was staffed by generous volunteers who willingly gave their time and expertise.  Today, it is a fully functioning, integrated asset to this little community, and it has withstood the test of Time. We have helped the citizens of Barron in profound and durable ways.  This could not have occured without your help so I ask you to consider donating again to this effort.

Visit the website https://fobnews.org for details and more pictures.
DONATE BY CHECK:  Please make your check payable to FOB CANAM INC  and mail it to: FOB CANAM INCc/o Richard J McGuire, 18 Oxford Ranch Road, Laramie, WY 82070
VIA PAYPAL: Send your donation to FOB_CANAM@aol.com   Indicate if you want money to go to dental/medical clinic.
VIA VENMO: Send your donation to @fobcanam.  Indicate if you want money to go to the dental/medical clinic.
FOB CANAM is a 501(c)3 charity and donations are tax deductible (EIN 81-4719413).  Tax receipts will be provided for all donations over $250 USD.

I thank you for your time and consideration.
Sincerely,

Bonnie McGuire Wreschner MD

Barron Clinic Founder


Give a man a fish, you feed him for a day.  Teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.

Barrón Medical/Dental Clinic Perseveres

Talk about bad timing!!

Just as Friends of Barrón realized its dream of opening a free medical/dental clinic for the people of Barrón, COVID-19 struck and the clinic closed for two months. The 2019 fund-raising campaign had raised enough money to equip, staff and open the clinic, but more was needed to buy the extra PPE and test kits that would allow the clinic to remain open safely. The good people who habitually support FOB’s efforts came through and the clinic reopened in August, 2020. The staff had remained on full pay during the closure and returned to work determined to provide the services that are so needed by the community.

The clinic is now open 5 to 6 days week in some capacity. Presently, it is staffed by a full-time nurse (Mónica), a medical doctor three days a week (Jesús), and a dentist (Javier) two days a week.  Appointments with a nutritionist and a physical therapist are available. The medical staff sees an average of 20 to 25 patients a week, although the attendance surged during last July’s COVID wave so the clinic offered free COVID testing for symptomatic patients. During this six-week crisis period, they treated 60 to 80 patients a week while the Barrón COVID positivity rate hovered between 40 and 60%. Throughout Sinaloa, July was the month with the most COVID infections on record with 15,067 cases. In addition, 527 people died that month state-wide, according to state health information. Barrón has seen about a dozen deaths since March 2020. The Barrón clinic suspended free testing when the infection rate dropped below 10%. Currently, COVID tests are available for a fee of $500 pesos per test.

All medical services are free to Barrón residents, and they maintain a fully-stocked pharmacy, which is also free to the residents of Barron. Non-residents, including EDM residents and their guests, can be seen by the clinic’s medical and dental staff but are required to pay for these services according to a set fee schedule that is posted in the clinic. The clinic was originally funded by American, Canadian, and Mexican donors.

It costs about $2500 USD a month to keep the clinic open and funds donated last year are nearly exhausted. FOB has begun an aggressive fall fund raising effort aimed at keeping the clinic fully operational through 2022 or until a Mexican government entity agrees to take it over and integrate it into the national health care system. So far we have almost $20,000 in commitments including a $10,000 USD grant from the Fort Collins, Colorado Rotary Club to provide ultrasound equipment.

Your donations will be greatly appreciated:

DONATE BY CHECK:  Please make your check payable to FOB CANAM INC  and mail it to: FOB CANAM INC c/o Richard J McGuire, 18 Oxford Ranch Road, Laramie, WY 82070

VIA PAYPAL: Send your donation to FOB_CANAM@aol.com. Be sure to indicate which program you would like to support; school infrastructure, computers, scholarships, or medical/dental clinic.

Thank you for your interest in the program. FOB CANAM INC is a 501(C)(3) registered charity in the US (EIN 81-4719413), therefore your donation is fully deductible against federal income tax.  Upon receipt of your donation you will be sent a formal tax receipt.

Sincerely, Richard J McGuire, Treasurer