Quarterly Newsletter
Winter 2018

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President's Letter

On behalf of the entire Via & Los Niños family, I want to wish you a very happy and healthy holiday season, and thank you for supporting efforts at improving quality of life for thousands of individuals and families each year! 


Read Elisa's Holiday Letter Here...

Your support this year allowed us to continue programming that reached many thousands of individuals along the U.S.-Mexico border and in partner communities around the globe! In 2018, together we achieved the following:

Providing people with the tools to better their own lives, through education, leadership development, food security and economic stability continues to be Via's mission ~ building paths to self-reliance for individuals and communities!

Whether you are a student who has participated in our volunteer travel program, a local mentor who has shared your wisdom with our program participants, or a donor who has helped to fund vital community programs, we are proud to have you as part of the Via family.

With Gratitude and Blessings to you all!   

President, Via International


Fall 2018


Meet Elizabeth, Micro-credit Recipient

We first met Elizabeth in Tijuana in 2011...a young mom with a basic education and a great recipe for delicious salsa that her friends had raved about for years! When she learned of the opportunity to get a small loan through Via’s Micro-Credit program to launch her business idea and improve her family’s economic stability, she jumped at the chance!

Via's Micro-Credit program has put Elizabeth's family on a path of entrepreneurship that started with only a $250 loan!  
Read her story here...

Summer 2018

Central Mexico

Program Highlight

Via’s Central Mexico program provides affordable travel to Mexico City, and surrounding areas. Mexico City is without a doubt, one of the great cities of the world! It’s unique blend of cultures rivals London, Paris, Moscow and Tokyo, to name just a few. Travelers to the region will experience the indigenous roots of Tenochtitlan as well as the powerful Spanish colonial influence that continues to shape the modern face of Mexico.  While in Mexico City, participants will experience the archeological site at Teotihuacan, the Frida Kahlo House, the Zócalo, and the Anthropology Museum. Further exploration of the region includes visits to nearby cities including the historic center of Queretaro (the safest and fastest growing city in the Americas), and the rural community of Mineral de Pozos in the State of Guanajuato, where participants will take part in local community service projects. Access to community-led revitalization projects provide a great framework to meet local people and discover what makes the spirit of Mexico vibrant, resilient and like no other place on earth! Oh, and did we mention the delicious food?

Want to experience the real Mexico? Join us...


Spring 2018
San Diego Summer of Service
Program Highlight 

Want to have fun while giving back to the community? Need to fulfill a service hour requirement but don't know where to begin? If so, then Via’s Summer Service in San Diego is for you! We combine the best of San Diego with educational and service activities to offer students a bit of summer fun while also making a difference! Participants will have access to environmental projects at local beaches, protected areas and farms, in Balboa Park and at the San Diego Zoo, and have an opportunity to volunteer with local veterans organizations, with at-risk youth, and local cultural organizations. Beach bonfires, hiking local trails, horseback riding and movies under the stars also included!

Sound interesting?  
Find out more...

Winter 2018

Marion McLaughlin

A Legacy of Love and Community

Marion McLaughlin, a long-time Via International and Los Niños de Baja volunteer, recently passed away. We wanted to take a moment to show our love, reflect on Marion’s impact and honor her many years of dedicated service to the people and places along the U.S.-Mexico border. Join us in remembering this wonderful woman.

Click here to to watch the video and read the full issue of our February newsletter featuring: A Legacy of Love and Community