International Programs

Supporting Doctors without Borders

Doctors Without Borders

In honor of National Doctor’s Day, LJCSC donated $500 to the foundation Doctors without Borders in support of the wonderful things they do every day.

Reaching Out to Our South-of-the-Border Neighbors

nunFor over 68 years, we’ve supported the work of a remarkable American nun, Mother Antonia Brenner and her order, Eudist Servants of the 11th Hour, who help the “poorest of the poor” in La Mesa Penitentiary in Tijuana and greater needs of their families.

In the early years, Dr. Olesen went to the prison regularly and performed plastic surgery on the prisoners. Later, LJCSC began to support Casa Campos de San Miguel, a refuge for women leaving prison and for women visiting incarcerated family in the nearby prison. Women and children who come to Tijuana for cancer treatment also use the house.

Two Pulitzer Prize winning authors wrote a book, Prison Angel, about Mother Antonia’s incredible life. Intuitively, she recognized the relationship between self-esteem, productivity and personal appearance. She appealed to dentists and plastic surgeons to help transform the appearance and help rehabilitate her prisoner “children.” Although she died in 2017, her work lives on and we continue to support her mission to help so many begin their lives anew.

Find more information here: www.servants11th.org or here: abcnews.go.com/GMA/Story?id=796310&page=1

Making Loans That Change Lives

Kiva is the world’s first person-to-person micro-lending website. According to their website, “Dreams are universal, opportunity is not. Kiva’s mission is to connect people through lending for the sake of alleviating poverty.

Since its inception in 2010, Kiva has helped facilitate $1.3B in loans in over 80 countries. They report a repayment rate of 96.8%. LJCSC is happy to be a part of this global effort.

You can go to kiva.org and lend directly to unique entrepreneurs in the developing world. Click on the link for more information: www.kiva.org/about/how/.

Helping Women Help Themselves Here and Abroad

The Foundation for Women (FFW) is a local organization that serves impoverished women locally and globally by funding and creating micro-credit programs. FFW programs reach women in transition, at risk, and in crisis, as well as offering programs to inspire and educate all women. Since its inception, the FFW has touched the lives of thousands of women in their local and international programs. We applaud and support their efforts. To learn more, click here: www.foundationforwomen.org.

Changing the World—One Girl at a Time

Because LJCSC serves so many women, we take a special interest in women’s issues. Using the principle that it’s better to teach someone to fish than to give the person a fish, we are strong supporters of programs that provide micro-credit loans to would-be entrepreneurs. Here’s a great video about the impact of changing the lives of girls around the world. To find out more, click here: www.girleffect.org.