Sustainable Orphanage a vision of the future today.

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Sustainable Orphanagea vision of the future today


Mexico’s Orphanages RealityThe ProjectPermaculture and SustainabilityChallengesAbout UsMeasures Implementation Plan

Mexico’s Orphanages Reality

Over 1,000,000 orphans/abandoned children in Mexico. More than 980,000 lack care from an institution (NGO or government).

Lack of access to basic human rights like food, shelter, education and health leads to severe malnutrition, deficient brain development, 18% are positive on STD’s like HIV or Hepatitis C (20 times higher incidence tan national average) and the majority get involved in illegal activities for survival, jailed sometimes for life.

Most orphanages lack resources to monitor and look after orphans past the age of adulthood. Often the use of prescription drugs is the answer for bad conduct behavior.

Orphanages depend on donations to cover their expenses. When donations stop, they close.

The Project

Why are we different? Requires no more than a single capital investment, afterwards

operating indefinitely without additional donations.Three years operational expenses of a traditional orphanage exceeds our sole capital investment

Education: implements active learning techniques from Europe and certification in two trades at 15 years of age

Agriculture: Operates under a new paradigm for intensive organic food production Permaculture.

Nutrition. Balanced diet prevents both obesity and malnutrition (Sustainable Orphanage) is a Project to evaluate new social, educational and ecological models. Detailed documentation will be available to replicate the Project

Project starting in Mexico with worldwide potential


Land Pilot phase requires 1 hectare

(2.5 Acres) and full project 10 hectares (25 Acres).

Located 45min from the state capital of Chiapas (Tuxtla Gutierrez),there are available social services alongside with land purchase savings.

Weather and water availability permits sustainable food production 365 days/year.

Final site selection conducted as result deep analysis of 50 locations throughout 5 Mexican states






Recreational Area









Carrots, potatoes, spinach, tomatoes, etc.

Healing herbs and spices

Fruit trees

Eco-friendly plants


Internal: Coordinators, Educators, Housekeeping, Site Attendants, Volunteers

External: Accountants, Lawyers, Counselors


Proven Australian methodology for intensive organic crop production through promotion of the ecosystem

By linking elements’ inputs & outputs maximize food production whilst minimizing external resources (labor, chemicals, etc.).


Input: corn requires a big amount of nitrogen

Output: beans fix nitrogen in the soil. By growing them together one fixes the nitrogen the other requires

Input: chickens feed from little weeds

Output: chicken fertilizes the soil as it’s eating


Project has impact on the three sustainability pillars:

Social: orphans and surrounding communities

Finance: the model promotes abundance as it ages

Environmental: by balancing the ecosystem, recovers flora and fauna

Our sustainable model is designed to produce long term yields

Sustainability is a must to ensure our existence in the planet

Project functions as prototype and case study for possible new multi-site implementation model


Mexico’s legislation is outdated as it does not foresee sustainable NGO’s. Current laws prohibit any kind of production or self-sufficiency application to NGO’s. Donations are the only manner to cover operational expenses.

Orphan reintegration into society upon adulthood

Kids Integrity and Safety

Funding for the initial phase of the project

1st phase (1 Hectare of land + infrastructure). Requires US $100,000 2nd phase (10 Hectares of land + infrastructure). Requires US $900,000


Highly committed team with vast experience in all areas of the project

Dedicated NGO ready to operate: Nuestro Amigo México A.C.

Superior education and nutrition for the Orphans.

Cooperation with top Orphanages in Mexico. E.g. Fundación Casa Alianza México I.A.P. with methodologies for personnel selection, pair system and psychologists in place to prevent abuse or irregularities.

Siblings, and different age ranges are accepted for the best interest of the Orphans.

About Us – Funder & Director

Alfredo Rico Design, implementation and evaluation of integral projects.

National Logistics Manager at Procter & Gamble New Zealand

Permaculture Certified by River Side Community, New Zealand

Leader of the Sustainable Technology Development Group at Transition Towns New Zealand

Awarded “Top 18 Entrepreneurs of the Future” by YEO (Young Entrepreneurs Organization), Endeavour, Revista Expansión and ITESM CCM.

Creator of the Enterprise Skills matrix methodology for Procter & Gamble Mexico

Total Project Management of social projects in the poorest areas of Mexico (creation of sustainable jobs to boost local economy)

NGO Judge for social projects at INDESOL (Mexico’s government sub-secretary)

About Us – The Team

Robina McCurdi: International Permaculture and Eco-village Consultant, Founder of project

Sergio López: Master on Environmental Engineering, Florida University

Dr. Juan Pablo Lazo: Professor – Researcher for the CICESE and World Aquaculture Society’s President

Lorena Ugalde: Psychologist with emphasis in Special Education

Mtra. Lolis Gallegos: Master on Active Learning Education

Dr. Mark Wood: Sustainability Director at ITESM Guadalajara


ROI 1000% when compared vs traditional Orphanages

Education: high school + 2 trades + arts vs high

Traditional Orphanage Our Project

ROI $250 USD/Orphan $25 USD/Orphan10x ROI vs traditional

Initial Investment $1,000,000 USD $100,000 USD

Education High School High SchoolTwo TradesCollege (optional)

Nutrition Lacks basic nutrition, improper brain and physical development

Organic Balanced Diet

Languages Rudimentary Spanish Skills Fluent bilingual (English, Spanish)Optional languages from international volunteers

Interpersonal Skills Not existent Leadership, teamwork, public speaking, innovation, performing arts, social skills

Fundraising Department

Extreme Organizational Resources Consumption

Not required. Self-sufficient operation.

Community Benefits Only assists 50 Orphans/15 year

Transferable sustainable technology to urban and/or rural organizations in addition to helping the Orphans

Implementation Phases

I. NGO Registration

II. First Phase Funding and Land Purchase

III. Commence Food Production

IV. Infrastructure Construction

V. Orphan Arrival

VI. Lessons Learned

VII. Expansion (10 Ha)

Contact:Alfredo Rico Mobile. (+521) 55-4303-8866

E-mail: [email protected]

Ph. (+52) 55-8421-9080


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