To give communities access to relevant tools, focusing on personal development. Through these means, communities will engage in service, entrepreneurship, and self-advocacy
We are a group of New Yorkers from various Latino backgrounds who wished to give back to our communities. In 2014, our founder, Dr. Mark Martinez, brought us together to share ideas on the ways to make an impact from abroad. Through connections in Colombia, we came across a community in Puerto Mallarino, Cali that was open to change. Several times a year, Dr. Martinez traveled to Puerto Mallarino and met with community leaders to assess the needs of the community as well as the desire to receive assistance from abroad. In these conversations, we found that a shift in the mindset of the community members would be needed in order for real change to occur in Puerto Mallarino . Through continuous community input the main focus in Puerto Mallarino became leadership development. By introducing the community to these workshops, we have provided them with the ability to break through barriers and realize their full potential which in turn will ignite change.
The history of this corner of Cali can be traced back to the end of the 19th century when the town developed by taking advantage of its proximity to the shores of the Cauca River (the word “Puerto” stands for “Port”). Presently the people of this community struggle day to day but have managed to survive on their own. Government services provided to this forgotten but historical area are very few.
Thank you to everyone who donated to our #GivingTuesday campaign on November 27, 2018. Thanks to Facebook matching the donations that we were being gifted with that day, we made approximately $1,200.
Project InReach plans to host another fundraiser in March of 2019, a paint night in our home base of Queens. Details will be posted soon, it is BYOB. Prepare to get creative and mingle with us. Hope to see you all there.
P.S. If you were unable to attend our past events but still wish to donate, please click on the donate button below. Thank you once again!
-The Project InReach Team.