Welcome to Mision Mexico’s very first blog post! A space for information, discussion and debate around the wide range of themes and topics at the heart our mission to provide refuge and hope to orphaned, abandoned, abused and disadvantaged children by giving them a home, family, love, education and opportunities, in Tapachula Mexico. We hope you will join and help us explore themes such as education, surfing, fundraising, volunteering, health, Mexican culture and many more. Please comment on what we write, share information and knowledge with us, and let us know if we can support your cause.
This week, inspired by Trustees week last week, we tackle the theme of Trusteeship.
During Trustees week, many of us asked questions such as: What do trustees do? Who are they? Why do they do it? How do I become one? These are important questions for charities of all shapes and sizes but perhaps even more so for the smaller ones among us; for those of us whose very existence relies on the expertise, knowledge and skills of extremely qualified individuals who take charge, not only the day to day running of our organisation, but take responsibility for its strategic direction. We expect them to act as CEOs, marketing directors, human resource managers, finance departments, fundraisers, spokespersons, writers, and public speakers, for free, in their spare time, on top of demanding careers and unforgiving workloads. It can be challenging and frustrating as well as rewarding. So why do they do it? We asked three of our Trustees at Misión México.
‘I joined MM in November 2011 and since then it has been an amazing journey with the UK team and the people in Mexico. What Pam and Alan have managed to do with the kids is more than just beautiful, it’s a daily inspiration and a reason to work hard to keep our kids’ dreams alive and give them the chance to do their best in life. I can’t imagine anything better than that.’
Katie: ‘I first got involved with Misión México when the UK team was initially set up to help create awareness and raise funds to be sent back to Tapachula. Initially, my role was to dabble with the marketing side of the things and help out on a few events – but the more I heard about these incredible kids, the more I got involved until, before I knew it, I was a trustee!
I love being involved with this amazing group of people and doing my small bit to support Pam & Alan in giving these kids a second chance at a childhood and all the things that they deserve. Plus, I love rocking out in the old sombrero!’
‘Being a Trustee of Misión México has been a gratifying experience! I get to share my expertise and at the same time learn something new every day. I’m truly inspired and motivated by Pam and Alan’s work with the children in Mexico.’
Deborah, founder of Misión México UK and chair of the board, has very unique reasons taking on the role of trustee.
‘Having volunteered for the orphanage since 2006 in a fundraising and administrative capacity whilst living in Australia, I decided to set up the charity here in the UK so I could continue the work I’d been doing.
It’s definitely a challenge in the UK and it isn’t the same market as in Australia. Over there, there was a core group of people who knew about it, but here it has involved starting everything from scratch, but we’ve met a lot of people who are now donors and volunteers in the UK.’
As shown by many discussions held last week, the reasons for becoming a trustee of a charity vary. Here at Misión México we are united by our inspiration taken from an Australian couple who left home to become parents to over 50 children, we are passionate about bringing love, life and hope to these children, and we love using our talents and experience to support them.
Deborah echo’s all our thoughts when she says,
‘Our Trustees are fantastic and very dedicated to the cause. Because we are so small and volunteer-led, everyone is very hands-on and that is fantastic. We couldn’t operate without them.’
If you have been inspired by Trustees week and are interested joining our UK Board as a Fundraising Expert do get in touch with us: firstname.lastname@example.org