The 4 Deserts Race Series supports Fundación Amigos de Jesús through the Atacama Crossing.
Fundación Amigos de Jesús is a legally established non-profit organization that takes care of children with disabilities from Down Syndrome to severe handicaps. The foundation has two operational centers, one in Santiago and the other in Curico, which work with daily and resident beneficiaries. The Santiago daily program is situated in Cerro Navia, one of the poorest neighborhoods of Santiago.
Fundación Amigos de Jesús was founded by Gladys (Popa) Ramirez, a mother whose daughter has a severe disability. She saw many families like her own struggling to cope with the situation and, because of lack of governmental support, were quite desperate. Popa–out of nothing-founded the day program and now works as its director.
The foundation takes care of families with one or more children with disabilities. Families are provided with activities and are looked after in a caring and dignified way. The foundation also advises and helps families with a handicapped member at home.
Read more about Fundación Amigos de Jesús in this race feature.