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Spirit Award – Federico & Guadalupe De la Vega were awarded the Spirit Award

Accepting the Spirit Award, Guadalupe De la Vega proclaimed, “Our commitment is to overcome the challenge that transforms the sad destiny of poverty, disease and ignorance into a true access to health, education, and economic development. Our trust and faith in a promising future are based upon this blossoming of human encounters within a process of national and bi-national generosity. This can unite and strengthen us by opening up a channel for hope so we can reinvent and celebrate a fuller life for all.”

FEMAP is a non-profit, NGO in Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico that has been providing for the health, economic and educational needs of Juarenzes and families living in poverty in Northern Mexico for almost 40 years.

FEMAP’s work has been recognized internationally, most recently in 2010 when our founder, Guadalupe De la Vega was one of the ten CNN Heroes and FEMAP received international publicity world-wide. What was born out of the need to bring the best maternal and child health services to the poorest communities in 1973, has grown into a healthcare providing entity that today boasts of two critical care hospitals, a nursing school, a micro-enterprise incubator and countless preventive health programs to the most disadvantaged people.

Federico De la Vega is a prominent businessman with six major operations in Cd. Juárez. He is known for his philanthropic efforts especially in the field of higher education and community contributions.

Reciprocating that message, El Paso’s FEMAP Chairwoman Adair Margo, said, “It is clear in honoring Lupe and Freddy de la Vega today that caring has no borders and that we are fortunate to live in a place where people help each other.”

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