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Who We Are & Why

OUR  MISSION...


...To help 50+ children on the other side of Cabo (not the tourist side) to learn English

and graduate from high school, thus obtaining the skills necessary to escape poverty..

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We first met Brayan at the beach in Cabo San Lucas…

   ...It wasn’t a planned encounter. Teresa and I were playing tourists, enjoying the 75-degree warm, winter sunshine of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.  But while Americans and Canadians were enjoying beverages in the sun, the kids in Cabo were working.

Brayan approached us with his homemade potato chips and Valentia Hot Sauce, asking us to buy. We soon discovered his needs and those of his family were much greater than just making a sale.


Brayan was easy to identify. Among all the kids selling food and souvenirs on Medano Beach that day, only one child had an eye permanently wandering in the Wrong direction—a condition known as “Strabismus.” Brayan was unable to align both his eyes upon the object of his attention. (That's Brayan, in photo to right, before his operation.)  >

 >  Some might call it an accidental encounter with Brayan. Depends on your prospective; others would say it was preordained. Either way, this was our introduction to the kids that live on the other side of Cabo, about five kilometers up dusty dirt roads and far from the fancy tourist hotels.


Throughout our marriage, Teresa would tell me about her experiences growing up poor in Chihuahua, Mexico, near the Texas border. We would compare her life with my rather privileged upbringing. And sitting on the beach that day with our new friend, Brayan, we could no longer be “just” tourists, enjoying the beach in Cabo anymore.


We needed to find a way to change lives, to be part of the solution to the poverty found in Mexico.

Our encounter with Brayan turned out to be part of the answer to the question we had been asking each other, and God:


“How can we find our niche to help poor people in a city filled with both rich tourists and impoverished residents?”   >

 >  Months before that day we had ventured into the streets on the poor side of Cabo, learning about the people’s needs and the extent to which these needs were being met. During those trips in our aging minivan we came across Amigos de Los Ninos, an organization that gives free operations to kids in need. Among these surgeries—eye operations! That day on the beach, as we munched on Brayan’s potato chips (Teresa’s with hot sauce; mine without), we asked Brayan to join us for lunch on the beach the following day to talk about the possibilities of surgery. He arrived on time—along with three other children from his neighborhood who heard that a couple of Americans were buying lunch!

Our group of young friends had grown to four...!  Teresa then invited the four to go to the movies. A couple of days later, our four new friends walked five kilometers to meet her at the theater—along with six other kids who had heard a couple of Americans were buying movie tickets! Our group of young friends had now grown to 10!

Several months later, Brayan became a candidate for the free eye surgery. The operation was successful! His outlook changed—visually and socially. (Brayan is second from left in this photo.) At school, Brayan went from the boy who was laughed at to the young man the girls wanted to date!


And so, the “dots” began to connect. Our desire to change lives has now grown to 50 children and their families on the poor side of Cabo.

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Here’s what we’re doing, and why we need your help…

  • We are working with about 50 children and their families. We have learned that you can’t help a child finish high school and learn English (and thus escape poverty) without the support of his/her family, which often relies on their children to help earn money for food and household needs. We need sponsors for each of our kids.
  • We hold a Christmas party each December to bring a little hope and happiness to the lives of our 50 children. We supply a set of clothes, shoes and a toy. This party also becomes a place to begin our commitment with each child which last through the end of high school (and beyond, we hope). We seek a sponsor for each of our 50 children.
  • Each summer we provide our 50 children with back-to-school supplies. We seek sponsors for each of our 50 backpacks filled with school supplies (uniforms, paper and pens).
  • Each fall we seek to meet the needs of our young adults of high school age— school uniforms, safety from gangs, transportation, and loss of a household income. Finishing high school and learning English means a probable escape from poverty.

Our goals for

  

the other side of Cabo


  • Assist in meeting the physical needs of our 50+ children.

  • Provide tutoring (when necessary) to assist them in completing high school and learning   

    Englishthus increasing their odds of escaping poverty.

  • Provide psychological & spiritual perspectives to motivate them toward good decisions.

                                            Help us Help them.

Want to partner with us?

There are a lot of physical and spiritual needs in Cabo. Most local people are paid about $5 per day, with expenses similar to what we experience here. Our goal with our 501c3 ("The Other Side of Cabo") 

is to help poor kids graduate from high school and/or learn English; either will help them find work that pulls them up to jobs that pay more in this tourist town.

Image your organization spending a week or two in Cabo...Yes, time for volunteers to enjoy the beach and tourist activities, but also meeting the physical and spiritual needs of the residents (as detailed on our website)—bringing clothing we have to Mexico for children and families (two free suitcases via Southwest Airlines); or home improvements (laying concrete blocks, etc.); or hanging with the kids and their families; using our home as a free place to stay in Cabo.

Interested?  Please let us know!


John Bodle  (Ph.D.)  is a tenured professor

in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Teresa Bodle has worked as a translator (bilingual)

for a number of non-profits in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Together (and in partnership 

with schools in Cabo San Lucas), they work with 

50+ children and their families 

to help their kids gain the skills 

necessary to escape poverty. 

John & Teresa spend about four months per year

at their homein Cabo, building relationships with these

children and their families.

Non-profit status (501c3) EIN #84-1973111 

Approved June 4, 2019

Photo to left: John & Teresa Bodle, along with Estrella ("Star")

Stories of our Children

Meet & Sponsor our Children

Expenses & Sponsorships