Laptop Computers Needed for Nana's House Teens Going to University
Amy Welch - Amigos de La Cruz

August 14, 2020

Working Together to Support a strong Quality of Life in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle

Some of you may remember the Nana's House rummage sale in Bucerias last winter, organized by master rummager Suretta Geller.

Recently, Nana's House Director Mary Jo Hansen contacted Suretta to ask about new or used laptops for the teens going to university in Tepic. Here is a snapshot of three of the students entering university:

Should you have a new or used laptop for Nana's House, please contact John Whitten at or bring it by on Fridays from 10 AM to 2 PM at Kids Club, Coral 5, La Cruz de Huanacaxtle.

•  Should you wish to donate funds to purchase a laptop, for a US Tax Deduction, please go to and click on DONATE on home page.
•  Should you wish to receive a Canadian Tax Deduction, go to and donate to BBC-Amigos laptops.
•  Should you wish a Mexican Tax Deduction, please contact Amy Welch of Amigos de La Cruz at for more information.
As a form of reference, laptops at Costco Puerto Vallarta are presently 15,000 pesos or $670 USD. Any donation will help assist these students.

A Note from Mary Jo of Nana's House:

My husband and I moved to Mexico 32 years ago with our then, baby son. We worked with a group called Youth With A Mission that helps churches and people in need. My husband served in mountain communities and I volunteered in several orphanages/shelters during the early years.

We have two children, a son and daughter now grown. My son is married and has a son of his own, he is a speaker and preacher in Mexico and all Latin America. My daughter helps run Nana’s House and runs her own small business.

We opened Nana’s House 12 years ago because street kids were coming to our church. They really had nobody helping them, so we started working with child protective services (DIF) to legally  provide a home for these children. DIF has no funds to help us do this so we raise funds ourselves.

We work with children who have been sold into prostitution, sometimes even by their own families. We also work with abandoned and orphaned children.

It’s not always easy but we will have seven young adults going to the university and a few graduating from university now.

It's so exciting to see them be able to get on a path where they can have hope to make it in life and break the cycle of poverty.

I hope some of this information helps…and that you'll be able to give a laptop or money for our program.

Update of Despensas - Boxes of Food from La Comer:

We are now in our 7th week of disbursing depensas.

Anywhere from 350-400 boxes are distributed weekly from the Kids Club in La Cruz. John, Cynthia and Alonso report that people express their appreciation.

We should have food through mid-September or longer.

Thank you for your continued donations! For more information, please contact Amy Welch of Amigos de La Cruz at

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