February 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 our featured article: A Legacy of Love and Community.
Doña Mari Promotora Emeritus - Los Niños de Baja California, Tijuana Mexico

"Being a community health promoter (promotora) means that I’m able to affect change in the community as the people I work with change their eating habits and also experience personal transformation. What I like the most is that I am having a positive impact on other's lives. I’m an agent of change. I am a promotora and I am so proud to be one!

You don't have to have a fancy education to do good in the world and you don’t need to know how to read to participate in your community. Often times someone with a higher education doesn’t necessarily want to be in the community helping, and if they don't want to help, why can’t we help? If we can do something positive in our community we will do it."

To read her story click here.

Interview with Will Holmes
Interview with Will Holmes - Director of Public Service, Cate School Carpinteria California

How long have you been working with Via International and Los Niños de Baja?

For the past 11 years, I have been bringing groups of students to serve alongside communities in Mexicali, Mexico with Los Niños de Baja. The service learning trip in Mexicali is a program developed in partnership with Via International that gives students the opportunity to work on school improvement projects including concrete and painting. Each trip is designed around cultural exchange that creates direct impact from infrastructure and revitalization improvements. The real gift, on both sides, is the dialogue between students and community members.
To read the entire interview click here.