FEMAP Foundation helps raise money for critical needs in Juarez
Over the past four decades, a nonprofit group has been helping to address the health-related, economic and educational needs of people in Ciudad Juarez and northern Chihuahua.
FEMAP runs two critical-care hospitals, a nursing school, a micro-enterprise incubator and several other health programs for families living in poverty.
Here in El Paso, the FEMAP Foundation helps raise money for the work that FEMAP is doing across the border.
“It’s just extraordinary how they’re transforming lives in Juarez and what we do on this side is help hold them up and raise funds for them,” said El Paso First Lady Adair Margo, who founded the FEMAP Foundation in 1992. “It is a global place. It’s a place of global excellence in how to deliver care.”
Margo has worked alongside FEMAP’s founder Guadalupe De La Vega, who has been honored internationally for her work with the organization.
“She started it," said Margo. "A woman who knew that providing a little bit of help to people that they could improve their own lives.”
Later this month, the FEMAP Foundation will host its annual gala, the group’s biggest fundraiser of the year.
“I’ve been a friend of FEMAP for 12 years and it’s just amazing to see every year this beautiful event,” said Georgina Contreras, who is the committee chair for this year’s gala. “We have a marvelous team of amigas de FEMAP that every year help putting everything together so it comes out to be a great experience.”
The gala tickets are $200 dollars but Contreras and Margo say the money raised goes a long way.
“They can take a little bit and make it multiply a thousand fold,” said Margo. “Really, it’s a privilege to see what people can do with so little.”
The 12th Annual Friends of FEMAP International Gala to be held at Grace Gardens in El Paso on Friday, September 29th.