The mission of Amigos de Santa Cruz is to improve the lives of the people of Santa Cruz la Laguna and surrounding villages through support for education and sustainable economic development.
What started out in 1998 as an effort to help support education by providing the local school with needed books and supplies has grown organically over the years along with the children that we first served. Amigos efforts have followed the needs presented to us by the community. Today Amigos has a local staff of 20, many of whom are graduates of our higher education scholarship program. They are now models for other younger students and they are our future leaders.
What make Amigos unique is that we have chosen to focus on the rural communities that make up Santa Cruz La Laguna, a total population of about 6,500, rather than spreading our resources out to a farther reach. We are participating in a generational change in our villages that is powerful. We are watching what can happen when a generation becomes educated for the first time .