The Ties That Bind Us:
California’s Transnational Community
Development Initiative
The El Trapiche, Oaxaca Case Study
Presentation by
International Community Foundation
Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees Conference
December 9-11, 2001
Hilton San Diego Resort
San Diego, California
About ICF:
Only community foundation in the United States solely
focused on internationally-oriented donor advised grantmaking.
Assets of approx. $1 million and 36 funds.
Close to $1 million funded to date ( over $363K funded this
fiscal year—Since 7/1/01)
Geographic focus: the Americas and Asia with an
emphasis in Mexico.
Programmatic Areas: Environment, Health, Education,
Social Development (including family and children’s issues)
,Sustainable Communities, and Culture.
Growing focus on transnational community development
among Mexican and Vietnamese communities in San Diego.
Ties That Bind Us: Goals
Increase the level of philanthropic engagement among
California’s Latino and Asian immigrants and their
corresponding California-based employers.
Improve the educational attainment and quality of life in
rural communities of Mexico, Central America and Asia that
traditionally send migrant workers to California.
Promote economic development and increased selfsufficiency within sender communities so as to decrease
the need among would-be migrants to emigrate to
California as well as other urban centers throughout the
United States.
Ties That Bind:
Programmatic Objectives
Development of a streamlined and transparent process for
cross-border philanthropy for immigrants in North San
Diego County from Oaxaca that will permit contributors,
large and small, to give to their communities of origin
Develop a scalable model for expansion: Learning from
initial work in North San Diego County, expand the initiative
to other Latino and Asian immigrant communities and their
corresponding sender communities of origin.
By 2003, increase philanthropic giving among Mexican
immigrants to $400,000 annually and with Mexican
governmental and corporate matching funds achieve
$1,200,000 in assistance to sender communities of origin.
El Trapiche--Project Overview
Promote community development in El Trapiche
through financial support and technical
assistance from its immigrant residents now
living in San Diego County;
Leverage immigrant donations with other sources
including , but not limited to, foundations;
Mexican Government’s Padrino Programa and
Fundacion Vamos Mexico
Promote the sustainability of the flower
cooperative for El Trapiche to improve the town’s
quality of life.
Develop a model project whose best practices
can be replicated in other communities
throughout rural Mexico.
The Need
Migration has left a population largely comprised
of children, elders and women
– 1/2 of estimated 1,600 inhabitants now live in San Diego
Remaining residents exist on subsistence
farming and remittances.
Low, if not minimal, governmental investment
plus depleted soil conditions and archaic farming
methods have challenged town residents in
making a living.
Over time immigrant ties with community are lost,
something that can be overcome with improved
communications and strengthened social/cultural
 Creation of a transnational, cross-border model
aimed strengthening the “ties that bind”
immigrant communities with their sender
communities of origin.
 Promote cultural roots and social capital within
 Promote social and economic sustainability.
 Promotes self sufficiency of women and children
left behind.
 Over time, create sufficient opportunities for
youth so as to decrease the need to go north for
Project Summary-El Trapiche
Sustainability and expansion of existing
greenhouse + technical assistance;
 installation of phone line
 Establishment of regional development
 Cost: USD $60,000—two years
– $30K-year 1 (initial contribution by immigrant
community: $5K)
– HTA-El Trapiche/COCIO (33%); GOM/Vamos
Mexico (33%); ICF/Other Foundation SupportUSA (33%)
El Trapiche Greenhouse with Chrysanthemum production
Dr. Juan Hernandez , Dr. Raul Hinojosa and project leader, Elsa
Payo at community greenhouse, El Trapiche.
Objective 1: Construction of a second additional Greenhouse
Objective 2: Hire technical assistant to work on a near full time basis
Objective 3: Offering formal employment to a minimum of six members of
the cooperative at a rate of $50 pesos per day ($5 US dollars at 9.0 exchange
Objective 4: Increasing the production and business capabilities of the
Objective 5: Installing a telephone line for communication between COCIO
and El Trapiche
Objective 6: Facilitating the creation of a New Project Development Fund in
the Central Valley Region of Oaxaca, complementary to COCIO in North San
Diego County
Project Partners
 Coaltion of Indigious Oaxacan
Communities (COCIO)
Fundacion Comunitaria de Oaxaca
Centéolt, A.C.
International Community Foundation
Greenhouse Project Schedule
Phase 1: analysis/definition of project
Phase 2: Technical Assistance
Phase 3:Regional Project Development
Phase 1
Phase 2
Phase 3: Technical Assistance
Dr. Juan Hernandez, Director of Mexicans Abroad, Office of the
President, Los Pinos with residents of El Trapiche
Contact Information:
Richard Kiy
President & CEO
International Community Foundation
1420 Kettner Blvd, Suite 500
San Diego, Ca. 92101
Tel: (619) 235-2300
Fax: (619) 239-1710

Los Lazos Que Nos Unen: El Trapiche, Oaxaca