Plans for 2018 – Save the date: 5/26/2018!

In preparation for our annual trip to the Sierra Mixteca this summer we will have our OEF 5K Walk on Saturday, May 26 – the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. We hope you will make us a part of your holiday weekend as we gather in Canyonside Park for a walk into the Peñasquitos Preserve. Details to follow…

Check out the Gallery to see recently posted photos of last year’s trip to the villages. We are so grateful for your help as we continue our mission to provide a pathway to an education for the children of the Sierra Mixteca, an education that we hope will help free them from the bonds of poverty. Siempre adelante! God bless!

May 26, 2018 – Walk in the PQ Preserve…


Mission accomplished for this school year!

School supplies for students in San Jorge Nuchita.

Update from the Oaxaca Education Fund!
From August 5 to 12th, six of us went to the villages in the Sierra Mixteca to see our friends and do the annual school supply distribution. Present were Mike Akong and Patti Palm, our acupuncturists who saw over 165 patients, Marti Martin and Cecy Ayala from Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in San Diego, Linda Arreola from the Diocese of San Diego and Catholic Relief Services, and una servidora, Christauria Welland. We loaded up donated hundreds of primary school workbooks from Montenegro Editores and purchased supplies from our donations for 1600 children K-12, with the help of friends from San Jorge Nuchita. We spent the next week meeting with the families and autoridades of 4 villages. We also had the excitement of providing small scholarships to 13 young people who had just graduated from high school and had registered at university, 11 from San Jorge Nuchita and 2 from San Juan Pinas. We are very proud of them and of their desire and initiative. We will be helping them twice a year with fees and transportation costs. For the two students that received the highest grades in San Jorge, we are providing more. Students are studying engineering, nursing, teaching, and anthropology.
Oaxaca has been struck by 2 severe earthquakes this month, Sept. 7 and Sept. 19. The villages are far enough away from both epicenters that they suffered minimal damage, and no loss of life. Nevertheless, it was a terrifying experience, and the closest city, Huajuapan de Leon, where we buy our supplies, saw several buildings collapse.
We also lost a dear friend, an 18 year old student, Jaime Tello, who died from an accident in San Juan Pinas on Sept. 15. He wanted to go to university next year. He was a generous and joyful young man, and will be sorely missed.

As our ministy grows, we need your donations more than ever!

These boys are thrilled with their new school books and supplies!

Annual 5K Walk!


The Annual Oaxaca Education Fund 5K Walk will be on Saturday April 22, 2017, weather permitting!

Please join us or sponsor us! Invite your friends and colleagues to participate!

What: A 5K walk in Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve, 12350 Black Mt. Rd. , San Diego CA 92129

When: Saturday, April 22, 2017. 8:30 a.m. registration, 9:00 start.

Where: We’ll start in Canyonside Park, behind ball field #4.

Why: We are helping the children of migrant workers who worked in our area to  stay in school in Mexico.

Suggested donation: $20.00 or more. Children walk free. Checks should be payable to Friends of the Poor. Credit or debit cards will be accepted on site, or on our Donate page. Participants are invited to solicit sponsorships in any amount. All contributions are tax deductible; receipts will be provided upon request.

Stay in Touch: We’ll let you know about any updates.

OEF 2017 Flyer Annual Walk

Annual OEF Walk Sponser Sign Up Sheet 2017

February 25, 2017

This January our helpful assistants in San Jorge Nuchita and San Juan Pinas delivered the high school assistance to 111 young people and their parents in the villages in the Sierra Mixteca. Your ongoing donations make this possible! We continue to look for and to engage more donors and institutions to partner with to improve the chances that some of the high school graduates will be willing and able to go on to university or other career opportunities. Since there is no precedent for it in their communities, they are paving the way on an unknown path. It is an exciting time!

In August of 2016, 5 of us traveled to the Sierra Mixteca for our usual 7 day visit, Mike and Christauria Akong and Barry and Martha Martin from Our Lady of Mount Carmel, and Patricia Palm from Mexico City, who ably assisted Mike with 120 acupuncture patients in 4 days! We packed and distributed school supplies for 1600 children, helped by the young people and authorities of the villages. We were also able to join some of the villagers in prayer and thanksgiving in the parish church or their homes. It makes for a very rewarding, if challenging, journey!

The OEF is now providing a monthly food stipend to 24 orphans and disabled children in 3 villages.

For our 2016 donations, we are grateful to the parishioners of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Rancho Penasquitos, and for those who participated in the Annual 5K Walk in April, 2016, as well as to the parishioners of St. John of the Cross and Our Lady of the Angels parishes, through the Missionary Cooperation Plan of the Diocese of San Diego. We must also include the many family, friends, and colleagues from elsewhere who donated, sponsored us or purchased crafts at our craft sales!

We look forward to our annual mission trip in early August 2017. This year we will have more time to dedicate to meeting with the students,teachers, and authorities, to pray together and to discuss higher education opportunities. We count on your prayers for the success of this endeavor. Thank you!