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FAQs

Every school year, we provide a new backpack with school supplies, two pair of shoes, uniforms, and tuition (grades 9-12 have tuition).
We provide basic school supplies and the remainder of the money goes toward University tuition.
Sponsorship is about more than just providing financial support; it’s about building relationships. We offer sponsors opportunities to meet their students and often their families, too. The Do for One Foundation organizes two trips each year from Orange County to the greater Tijuana area, allowing sponsors to connect with their students in person. We host a Photo Day for all sponsored students in early March and a Fiesta & Graduation Celebration in August. Additionally, through Mariners Church, trips are offered to local churches where students and sponsors can connect during community outreach events. Subscribe to our newsletter to stay updated on all upcoming trips.
Every effort is made to accommodate families and ensure they receive the necessary funds for education. The Do for One Foundation has "boots on the ground" in the form of two local Mexican administrators who manage our program. These administrators track the students' progress and, twice a year, hold Payment Days for the families of sponsored students. This allows parents to be reimbursed for their child's school expenses. Receipts are required for reimbursement.
Our partners, Ministerios Transformación, have planted over 57 churches in the greater Tijuana area, and many of our students come from these local congregations. Each pastor knows the families in their congregation and understands their needs. We rely on the pastors to select those who need sponsorship, ensuring that assistance is distributed equitably among families.
Children as young as Pre-K or at any grade level can be sponsored and we support them until graduation. Any student who graduates high school and is accepted by a local university, will be offered a university sponsorship.
Often, volunteers who go on a trip to Mexico bond with a particular child and wish to sponsor them. While this may be tempting, we leave the decision to our local pastors and administrators.
Each year, we experience changes with some of our sponsored students. Some move away or face circumstances that cause them to leave school. In such cases, we make every effort to contact the student and their family to offer support and encouragement to return to school. If these attempts are unsuccessful, we inform the sponsor about the situation and provide the option to sponsor another student.
Since 2001, when sponsorship began, over 450 students have graduated from high school. Additionally, 125 students have earned university diplomas or trade school certificates. Each year, we average 25-30 high school graduates and 8-10 university graduates/trade school certificates. Many of our sponsored students have gone on to become teachers, engineers, doctors, and lawyers in Mexico.