Helping people in disadvantage take power over their own life, connecting them with empathy and inner strength by the action of helping others.
GENDER EQUALITY WS
This workshop was designed as an educational tool to help diminish the high levels of gender violence that citizens of Mexico live every day.
BOOK WITH CAUSE
We reunited the talents of a writer, an illustrator and a couple of editors to give life to this unique story and make its existance philantropic.
We contribute with people and groups to build a more sustainable Mexico (ecologically, economically, culturally and socially) and multiply their social impact.
This non-profit's performance and the professionalism is top-notch. The team has helped us greatly with strategic planning.
We dreamt about an urban orchard; it has brought a new, attractive and beneficial activity for our elders.
Julián Mayorga Huerta
This project is very beneficial for the elders. They are usually very private, but with these visits they have become more open, more tolerant and even participate more. It cheers them up and helps them get through the day, it motivates them.
Rosa Esther Orihuela
It was wonderful to see how the girls connected greatly with the elders in the activities, the games and everything they do.
The benefits are evident; introvert residents have come out of their bedrooms to participate in the greenhouse, they interact more with their other housemates and see the results of what they are sowing and harvesting.
Juan Carlos Guzmán
Their commitment with the different social causes are an example to all. With innovative ideas that reach elders and children in vulnerable situations as well as the environment, they make Kintsugi an organization to watch very closely. Congratulations!
For the children, Germinating Ties represents a new way of perceiving themselves. They have their “grannies” in their hearts all the time, plus they get knowledge, culture and also fun! And of course social sensibilization.
The experience that the girls had with Germinating Ties” has planted a lovely seed in our girls’ hearts. They learned to value the importance of sharing their time with others and learn from valuable people, experiencing love and empathy.
13 year old girl
I want to share with you that this has been the best day of my life; when I'm older I want to have a mansion for grandparents.
11 year old girl
When I visit the grannies I feel happy because they make me feel something beautiful in my heart; I feel as if they are our family.
I recommend the workshop: De Género en General (sic) because it's informative, formative, precise and clear.
We've worked very well with the Book with Cause project; both the children and the staff love the story.
Organización de Líderes Altruistas Kintsugi became a non-profit association with no political or religious affiliation in 2015 in Mexico City, with the intention of adding to the collective and individual efforts of others that dedicate their time, resources and efforts to build a sustainable living condition in Mexico environmentally, economically, culturally and socially.
We have four projects:
- “Gender Equality Culture” Interactive Workshop: benefits mainly women and other victims of gender violence.
- Germinating Ties Between Associations: benefits children and elders that live or spend most of their time at foster homes by reuniting them around the care of an urban orchard.
- Book with Cause: profits of the sale of the Spanish version of this book go to “Aldeas Infantiles SOS Mexico”.
- Helping Helpers: we collaborate with other non-profits & altruistic causes like the sea turtle conservation camp.
To know more, visit the detailed page of each project in this website.
Our mission is to create virtuous and balanced win-win circles. Our formula is to create income by selling our Gender Equality Culture workshops and use the funds to support the orchards and Germinating Ties. Additional funding comes from the sale of our products with cause like t-shirts and mugs with our logo and motto, as well as the support of BookBank USA 501(c)3 a non-profit.
No. We don’t sell nor install orchards. Thanks to donations we managed to install two orchards in two elder retirement homes in Mexico City to run the program “Germinating Ties”, which involves the elders from the homes and children that visit them from foster homes. There’s a surge in urban orchard developers in Mexico City and throughout the country. SEDEREC in Mexico City is a good place to start searching for options.
We are still in the process of achieving this with the corresponding government offices, hoping we will be able to do so in 2020.
Our non-profit is registered and in operation in Mexico City (formerly D.F.), Mexico. Our activities are carried out according to their nature: the gender workshops are provided at our clients’ offices (see page), while the activities in the veggie gardens and Germinating Ties encounters take place in both orchards according to a previously established schedule. We do not carry out projects outside these locations.
Our “Germinating Ties Between Associations” project directs its benefits to minors living in foster homes and elder adults living in two nursing homes, aiming to provide them healthy food without pesticides (vegetables from the garden), useful learning for their lives, and intergenerational relationships that positively impact their mood and mental health. Likewise, keeping two urban gardens alive in a heavily polluted city positively contributes to the health of the local ecosystem.
Our “Gender Equality Workshop” project seeks to increase Gender Equity in the office environment of Mexico City and San Francisco Bay Area, aiming to eliminate/reduce the rate of feminicidal violence, gender discrimination, and sexual harassment in the workplace.
We are currently teaching our workshop in two locations and in two languages: Mexico City (MEX-Spanish) and San Francisco Bay Area (USA-English and Spanish).
In Mexico, it is not yet mandatory for companies to provide this knowledge to their workforce, but it is highly recommended to avoid or prevent abuse or harassment of employees, which can lead to lawsuits against the company if there is no timely training. In the United States it is mandatory in the states of California, New York and Massachusetts, so our version for this country also has information on current legislation to be a training that meets the requirements stipulated therein (legally-compliant training).
For either case, please write us an email.
For “Germinating Ties” – Volunteering: if you have availability Monday, Wednesday or Thursday during the day, 100% mobility (to help others who don’t have it), patience with older adults and minors, and a red t-shirt, go to the “Contact Us” section and send us a message: select the subject “Social Service / Volunteering” and in the message write: “I want to be a volunteer, please send an updated calendar, thank you”. Once you receive the calendar you can agree with the coordinators of activities on the exact date and time of your participation.
For “Gender Equality Culture” I.Workshop – Hiring us: if you are in charge of Human Resources in a company in Mexico City or in the San Francisco Bay Area, you can purchase the workshop as training for your employees. The resources obtained from this workshop are allocated for the Germinating Ties Between Associations project.
Indeed, and after you complete it we will issue the corresponding letter of attendance (proof for your school).
We currently have agreements with the following colleges in Mexico City:
- UAM Cuajimalpa
You can be a local or foreign volunteer directly with us and/or we can channel you with the non-profits that we work with, depending on the existing projects. Write us a note! We do reserve the right to select our volunteers, thank you for understanding.
No. At the moment we’re unable to do so.
“Kintsugi” or “Kintsukuroi” is a word in Japanese that means “to repair with gold” or “golden repair”. It’s “the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum, a method similar to the maki-e technique. As a philosophy, it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.” (Source: Wikipedia 2017). It’s part of a philosophy that states that breaks and repairs are part of the history of an object and must be shown instead of hidden, stand out and do so to enhance the beauty of the object, manifesting its transformation and history. We apply this philosophy to our work: as organized altruistic leaders, we can be agents of change in Mexico and help to “repair” with our daily efforts some of the “breaks” of our country, thus beautifying it and making it a more sustainable place to live a happy life.