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Welcome to the Texas Chapter of Partners of the Americas! 

Texas Partners of the Americas is the oldest Chapter working to help Latin America through its partnership with PERU. The idea for Partners of the Americas came from a Texan, Dr. Jim Boren, who in the early 1960’s was director of the U.S. Agency for International Development mission in Lima, Peru. At that time, with the Cold War’s pressures, the U.S. Government’s “Alliance for Progress” policy strongly supported assistance for Latin America. Boren’s idea was that a private volunteer committee in a state of the U.S., working with a counterpart in a Latin American country, could strengthen the overall aid effort by carrying on small projects that would directly involve people of both countries and thus create stronger ties.

Boren persuaded friends in Texas to start up a people-to-people program with his friends in Peru. Edward Marcus, then Board Chairman of Neiman-Marcus, became the first Chairman of Texas Partners. Marcus and Boren spread the idea to other states. They also arranged for the U.S. Department of State to fund travel for volunteers working on projects. Funds for the projects themselves came from the Agency for International Development and from private donors and organizations. The committees of the various states and countries organized themselves, eventually forming their present international organization, Partners of the Americas, with headquarters in Washington, D.C. (www.partners.net)

 

OUR RESOURCES: WHAT WE OFFER, WHAT WE NEED

Texas Partners of the Americas, Inc., is a tax-exempt, 501 © (3) organization. It has been determined by the Comptroller of Public Accounts of the State of Texas to be entitled to the franchise tax exemption. Donations to Texas Partners of the Americas thus are tax-deductible.

We have no connection with any political party, interest group, or religious group.

To discuss making a donation or becoming a member, please contact: Texas Partners of the Americas diazfam_99@yahoo.com

Our fundamental assets and resources are the constant quality and dedications of our volunteers, here and abroad. We also contribute home hospitality and transportation for our visitors, and we absorb office costs such as long distance bills and arrangements for international conventions in Texas.
We’re all volunteers that help our neighbors with jointly developed projects in such fields as protecting women and children from abuse, improving education and health, developing the arts, getting better prepared for natural disasters, providing leadership training and protecting the environment.

We also get support from the international office of Partners of the Americas in Washington, D.C., which coordinates a network of partnerships between chapters in nearly every state of our country and chapters in every country to the south.

 

OUR MEXICAN AND PERUVIAN PARTNERS BRING A PARTICULAR STRENGTH.

We are closely affiliated (“partnered”) with seven Partners of the Americas chapters to our south. We work with Mexican volunteers in chapters in six states of Mexico (Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, Guanajuato, Guerrero, Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas, and Veracruz), and with Peruvian volunteers in the chapter covering the entire country of Peru.

Our original partnership with PERU has born the fruit of many projects and friendships. Our latest accomplishments are:

Youth in Action: A Volunteer and Cultural Exchange - June 2012 Texas-Perú (Lima-Chiclayo-Vina Vieja)
The recent inaugural trip to Peru June 2012 blended the abilities, talents and ideas of 18 youth from a variety of backgrounds. It showed what can be accomplished when people work together for a common cause. Despite
language, educational and other cultural differences, the accomplishment of our goals on the trip to Peru was a wonderful testament of the strength and selflessness of the human spirit.

Our main multipurpose project takes place in Vina Vieja, Chincha Peru. This Peruvian city was hit by an earthquake in 2007 which caused extreme devastation. The city is being rebuilt through the efforts of the Partners of the Americas, Texas Chapter, Peru Partners, Engineering Without Borders “EWB” and St. David’s School of Nursing. These group have made possible this life changing experience.”
Accomplishments: the school was repaired, a library added, a community kitchen was built to aid in feeding the population, and a clinic was made operational. The youth from the United States had specific goals in mind when this trip was planned such as updating and adding to the playground, teaching CPR to the local youths, interacting through sports and other activities with the local youth and working on leadership projects. The success of this program was evident not only in the physical changes in Vina Vieja but also in the personal growth of the participants. The journals of the volunteers showed a new understanding of how others live and a new appreciation for other people in the world. The writings also showed a personal growth that could only come from experiencing this first hand.


MEXICO: We continue working with our neighbor country and United States chapters for the last few years, In 2010, Texas chapter host the annual convention in San Antonio, Texas “Compañeros Transcendiendo Capítulos” to strengthen our ties and support the development of mutual projects between Mexico and United States and to promote international cooperation across the Partners Network. These actions contributed to new outcomes with Guadalajara, Juarez and Monterrey.

 

Up-coming projects with Mexico:

Texas chapter will be hosting 20 youths from Ciudad de Juarez for special training in emergency medical services focusing on treatment of trauma which will benefit the trainees and Juarez community. The goal is to improve citizen safety in Juarez, Mexico by empowering young first responders to provide appropriate emergency medical services focusing on trauma.
Texas Partners of the America and UDEM, Monterrey will host six students in a special training session in San Antonio, Texas. The overall theme is Introduction to Volunteerism and Servant Leadership. They will stay in host family homes and participate in a number of activities including a high school visit, a fund raising event and cultural experiences.
We are looking forward to having UDEM in San Antonio, Texas and providing the youths a unique training experience.

Our chapter will continue to promote additional events and opportunities projects not only in San Antonio, but also throughout Texas. We invite you to join our efforts and work together with Texas Partners of The Americas and Friends to accomplish these humanitarian projects.


Counterpart Chapter: Capítulo de Peru

 
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