Overview of FOB Activities in Barron

FOB CANAM, Inc.’s mission is to help improve educational, health, and economic conditions for the residents of Barron, Sinaloa, Mexico, a town of 2,000 people located twenty minutes south of Mazatlan. Friends of Barron (FOB, also known as FOB CANAM AC) has been working in Barron for ten years and the needs of the schools and the community continue to grow.  We are always in need of financial support for the many projects we have listed below.  Please note:  100% of the money that is raised goes directly to our projects.  There are no administration fees – the foundation is totally run by volunteers.

  • FOB CANAM, Inc. provides scholarships to students that are looking to continue their high school or university education.   We are always looking for sponsors for these individual applicants.
  • FOB CANAM, Inc. donates computers and schools supplies to each of the five schools in Barron. We are working to bring Internet connectivity to the High School.
  • FOB CANAM, Inc. also provides free dental clinics for kindergarten and primary school students and provides a one week medical doctor health clinic for community members in need.
  • FOB CANAM, Inc. provides micro-loans to local women who are looking to start their own business and become self-sufficient members of society.
  • FOB CANAM, Inc. also provides 50% of the financial resources that the schools identify for their infrastructure projects.  The other 50% is provided by the schools.  For example, we are now building two classrooms for the new high school. These two projects will cost $160,000 pesos.

As you can see, we are very busy. Each of these projects requires money. If you are interested in supporting the students and families of Barron, please go to CrowdRise.com/friends_of_barron and make a donation.

FOB Receives Donation from EDM

Friends of Barron would like to thank Estrella del Mar, Señor Carranza and Jorge Corral for their donation of $50,000 pesos. These funds will go a long way to fulfill the committment that Friends of Barron has made to the people of Barron. In the past eleven years, we have augmented school infrastructure, aided students in their pursuit of higher education, provided micro-financing for upstart businesses, installed computer labs at the primary, secondary and prep schools and provided medical and dental clinics to bring the wonders of modern medicine to this tiny agricultural outpost. Please remember that it is due to the efforts of a gardening staff made up primarily of Barron residents that make this golf course so attractive. Friends of Barron would also like to thank the following Estrella del Mar residents who have selflessly participated in the achievement of the lofty goals set forth by Friends of Barron:  Dale Lyster, Richard McGuire, Claire Silk, Margaret Perez, Jeremy Kennell, those who support our 33 scholarship students and all the people who assist with the clinics. Thank you, players, for coming out to the charity golf tournament every year. I guaratee the money will be put to good use.

Medical Clinic Progress

The Barron Ejido president, Jorge Hilario Espinosa formed a committee of four Barron leaders to solicit local government (municipality of Mazatlan) support and funding for the project. The committee has raised $50,000 pesos in Barron for the project so far.

The Ejido of Barron has donated the land for the new clinic and has transferred title to the municipality of Mazatlan.

FOB CANAM INC has committed $400,000 pesos to the project.  We have also offered to help equip it once built.  We have raised $300,000 pesos to date.

The government has agreed to build and staff the clinic and has produced plans and budgets.  They estimate a $1,600,000 peso construction project.

Elections were in July and a new municipal president will take power this month.  So far his administration has verbally agreed to pursue the project.  Obviously, this participation is key to success.  We have been told that nothing will happen until the new administration takes control. We will routinely advise you of progress.

New Computers Arrive

Because of the generosity of many individuals, the Barron high school has taken delivery of 22 Samsung tablets connecting to the new high speed internet. Thanks to Jeremy Kennell and Lance Gutersohn, these machines are becoming part of the educational curriculum, accelerating these kids into the 21st century. Thank you Lance and Jeremy and everyone else who made this happen. More computers are needed however, so if you have about $300 usd to spare, donate it and we will buy another computer. We have a RallyUp site devoted to this effort.

Other developments include the extension of high speed internet into both the middle school and the primary school. For the first tine in history, all three principals are working together to improve the educational standards in Barron

The third wonderful thing happening in Barron is the addition of an internet hotspot in the plaza. Very soon, anyone with a smartphone will be able to connect to the internet while enjoying the beautiful plaza. Hopefully, they will be doing their homework.

The final step in the right direction is that plans for a new medical/dental clinic are progressing. Completion of this clinic is a milestone that will coincidentally mark the end of our annual dental clinic in the primary school. For the past six years, a remarkable set of dental professionals have donated their time, money and expertise to improve the dental health of the community. Simple thanks to this team, led by Jeff and Deb Astroth and Kurt Ferre, is insufficient. In a feeble effort to convey our thanks, we will be hosting a special Mother’s Day Taco Party scheduled for Thursday, May 10. If you can attend, you will be most welcome.

FOB on Leading Edge

The founder and first dean of the dental school attended by the leading practitioners that run our annual primary school dental clinic, Northwestern University, was Dr. G.V. Black. He wrote extensively about the use of silver nitrate back in the early 20th Century.  The use of silver nitrate fell out of favor in the mid 1950’s because it turned caries from brown to black. That it was a simple and effective treatment for juvenile caries was put aside in favor of drilling and filling in a formal dentist office.

Rediscovered about 10 years ago, FOBs use of the compound during the past six years has added to the database and finally the kissing cousin, silver diamine fluoride, has now received FDA approval.

A Message from Dr Bonnie

Dear Friends and Family,
I hope this email finds you and your family well. Many of you are familiar with my charity effort with Friends of Barron, for those of you who are not, the below link has a detailed explanation. We have many exciting new developments for this year; we are focused primarily on fund raising as we are building a permanent medical facility in this small rural Mexican town of Barron.

Please check out the link below for more detailed information, pictures, and of course a quick easy way to contribute. We are now a 501(c)(3) charity and all your generous donations are tax deductible. It would also be extremely helpful if you share this link on your Facebook Page, Twitter, or email…help get the word out!

All of your past support and interest has really meant a lot to me, I sincerely thank you. I ask for your continued support as we embark on the next stage of our effort. Please let me know if you have any questions or comments.

All the best

Bonnie

CLICK on the link below:

https://www.crowdrise.com/clinic-for-barron/fundraiser/friendsofbarron