Posted by Richard Tamkin
In early May two Rotarians from Lethbridge returned from a one week inspection tour of the 29 vehicles “Los Amigos” has driven down to Mazatlan in the past 6 years. Your editor is very happy to report that all 29 vehicles are well maintained and working on a daily basis. All vehicles are operated by authorized mature drivers, licensed, insured and are kept in sound operating condition. More importantly - each is highly valued by its community. The names of each Canadian town that donated the individual vehicle are each clearly displayed which show the local Mexicans on a daily basis that Canadians are their friends. Surely that alone has to make the “Los Amigos” project one of Canada’s better aid projects.

The Pincher Creek ambulance is being used.

The UofL Rotaract Club made possible this dramatic improvement. No wonder that Club has been awarded a prize for being the best Rotaract Club in North America and the Caribbean. Congratulations. Rotaract’s financing made these buildings possible and local Rotary connections supervised everything. So – connections work!
Below are “before” and “after” photos showing on the right the original school built of simple local materials with a dirt floor and a questionable roof. On the left is the new replacement school which also serves as a hurricane shelter for the local impoverished population. Now their children have a better chance of an improved life.

The Taber ambulance is well cared for and valued.

One of Lethbridge’s ambulances is earning its retirement to Mexico.

One of Cardston’s donations is at work.

Fort Macleod’s fire truck is still in service and will be for many more years.

Just to makes sure the ordinary Mexicans know who their friends are.

Other Pincher Creek donations enjoying a Mexican retirement.