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Sarahuaro. Our Story.

Sarahuaro was founded in 2005 by two friends from Los Cabos who had a vision of bringing better education and opportunities to women living in the colonias.

What began as simple classes in life skills and artisanal work grew into a life-changing program for women impacted by poverty.

Sarahuaro signifies friendship and community. The saguaro cactus is a iconic feature of the Baja landscape, where the desert meets the sea. A cactus is able to support life and prosper in the midst of a challenging environment, much like the women who participate in Sarahuaro’s programs.

The 2012 addition of La Cocina Niño (The Children’s Kitchen) program expanded our reach by feeding kids while they are in school. Hungry kids simply don’t do well in school.

At the heart of Sarahuaro is the passionate belief that we can change not only the lives of mothers and their children, but of their children’s children.

Our Team

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Gabriella T. Vidal

Executive Director

Sarahuaro

As the executive director for Sarahuaro, Gaby is responsible for the day-to-day operations and overall financial management for both arms of the program - the Children’s Kitchen and the Women’s Center. She brings a strong background in financial administration and public accountancy to her position as well as a deeply-rooted desire to help women and children overcome the challenges of poverty and domestic violence. Gaby is a loving mom to two children and has lived happily in Cabo since 2013.

director@sarahuaro.org

Maria del Carmen Sanchez Aguilar

Program Director

La Cocina De Los Niños (Kitchen)

Carmen has the responsibility of overseeing Sarahuaro’s Children’s Kitchen, feeding 350 children and leading a team of close to 20 volunteer mothers each and every school day. Carmen took over the program in 2015 after many years of experience in the hotel and restaurant industry where she received an award of distinction. She has lived in Los Cabos for more than 20 years and she says that feeding the children of Sarahuaro brings her a joy that is only rivalled by her experience as a mother to her own children.

lcn@sarahuaro.org

Edith Vizcarra

Program Director

Centros De Desarrollo Para Mujeres (Center)

Edith is the passionate and energetic director of Sarahuaro’s Women’s Center - the training and educational program that has helped to lift more women and their families out of poverty. Edith has been involved in community service work for most of her life, volunteering with the Mexican Agency for Family Development and teaching English to children and adults in school programs. Edith has three children and she has lived in Los Cabos since 2015. She is a believer in the evolution of human consciousness and the ability of all people to rise up even in the most challenging of circumstances.

cdm@sarahuaro.org

What has impressed me most about Sarahuaro is that I have realized that I am capable of doing so much more.

- Lucia Hernandez, Sarahuaro Client

Board of Directors

Adriana Vellanoweth

President

Adriana is a 40-year resident of Los Cabos, bringing a wealth of experience in real estate, translation services, and non-profit work to her role as Sarahuaro’s board president. The proud mother to one adult son and two fur babies, Adriana is passionate about helping women and children overcome obstacles and develop lasting life skills.

Esteban Solano

Treasurer

Esteban brings a wealth of experience and local relationships to his role as Sarahuaro’s treasurer. He is the general manager and tax advisor for Kreston BSG, part of Kreston International, and he holds both CPA and public accountancy designations as well as a tax master certification.

Nancy Brelos

Member at Large

A two-year resident of Los Cabos, Nancy comes from New York and Washington, DC where she worked in the geospatial software industry overseeing major government contracts. In New York, she was on the board for Sojourner House – a home for abused women and their children.

Kelly Oswald

Member at Large

Kelly has lived part-time in Los Cabos since 2006. She became involved with the Children’s Kitchen in 2009 and Sarahuaro in 2011. The owner of three Canadian retail shops, Kelly brings her retailing, marketing, advertising, human relations, product development and event planning expertise to Sarahuaro.

Faryn Clark

Member at Large

Originally from Dallas, TX, Faryn has lived in Los Cabos for eight years. She is the founder and designer for Eclectic Array - a chain of retail stores that works directly with Mexican artisans to provide fair-trade opportunities as well as micro loans to create new business ventures.


Our Friends

With heartfelt gratitude, we acknowledge and appreciate the contributions of these benefactors who provide critical assistance and sponsorship that furthers our work for the women and children of Los Cabos.