What is Ramon Vargas Foundation, AC ?
We are a nonprofit organization. Our goal is to improve the quality of life of disabled children and youngsters who live in marginalized areas. The organizations that we support use the community based rehabilitation programs as established by the World Health Organization.
In 2000, tenor Ramón Vargas and his wife, Amalia, decided to start a foundation to celebrate the memory of their son Eduardo, who lived with cerebral palsy and died at the early age of six.
After their great loss, the only thing that comforted them was to know that their son had received all the attention and love that he needed, participating joyfully in all the activities of his family.
In creating this foundation, the goal of the Vargas family and their closest friends, was to offer children with disabilities a life of acceptance and inclusion to develop their capabilities.
After working fifteen years under the name: Eduardo Vargas Memorial Fund, today, our organization assum itself as Ramón Vargas Foundation as a way to publicly affirm Ramón Vargas commitment with the disabled kids of our country.
Currently we support several organizations that work in marginalized areas of some states of Mexico. We accomplish this through: accompaniment, training, and economical support for specific projects. Thus, we promote integral attention models designed to achieve a culture of inclusion. We aim to strengthen not only the children with disabilities, but their families, teachers and other members within their communities.
Activities get started as part of Fundación Vamos, A.C. (nonprofit organization).
“Disability and community network˝ is formally integrated within the organizations supported by the foundation.
On December 15th, Fondo Memorial Eduardo Vargas, A.C. became constituted independent from Vamos, A.C.
Community based rehabilitation seminary: an encounter of experiences. It took place at the facilities of INDESOL (National institute for social development), in Mexico City.
Experience based workshop on community work and the rights of people with disabilities. Took place at the facilities of INDESOL (Social Development Institute), Mexico City.
2nd Continental congress on Community based rehabilitation: Towards an inclusive development in Oaxaca. Two publications were released: An anthology on CBR and a manual titled A common place for the diverse, written by Carmina Hernández in agreement with UNIFEM (United Nations Fund for Women).
Four books of the collection Notebooks on Disability and Community were published. A seminary on inclusive community development took place in the Mexican city of Campeche.
It was dedicated to the more than 100 persons in charge of the unities of rehabilitation in the state with the support of DIF (National Institute for the Integral Development of Families).
Publication and broadcast of the Seven manuals on CBR with the support of DIF (National institute for the integral development of families).
Fund raising campaign “De mil amores˝ (Wholeheartedly) to create a group of recurring donors.
Organic farms training program. Set up of farms for families with persons with disabilities. Program supported by INDESOL (National institute of Social Development).
Fondo Memorial Eduardo Vargas changes its name to Fundación Ramón Vargas. The new board of trustees is integrated.