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Meeting Today’s Challenges in Northwest Mexico

To support our mission of improving the quality of life throughout the Baja California peninsula and the Sea of Cortez region, ICF is engaged in the following initiatives:


Since 2018, ICF and our generous donors have invested nearly $500,000 in local grassroots organizations responding to the basic needs of vulnerable migrants, asylum seekers, and deportees in Tijuana and Mexicali, providing shelter, food, medicine, psychological support and legal services.

In addition to providing these immediate needs, the ICF Border Fund has supported local organizations with technical assistance and capacity building in topics ranging from strategies for trauma informed care, psychological support, and fundraising and communications. In 2020 the Border Fund will continue to prioritize grants for initiatives that have the objective of developing the long-term ability of Tijuana/Mexicali to receive a growing and increasingly diverse migrant population, through one or more of the following strategies:

  • Education for Migrant Children and Adults
  • Access to Basic and Mental Health
  • Defense of Human Rights: Legal Services and Advocacy
  • Strengthening Civil Society: Capacity and Infrastructure
  • Cultural Inclusion and Equity

These priorities were determined in collaboration with the local organizations and migrant populations themselves and may shift in response to changing policies and conditions.

> Download ICF’s Border Fund Strategy


Restoration of La Ramona Smokestack:

In partnership with the Ejido of El Triunfo, private sector partners, and the Mexican government our implementing partner, CAREM, A.C. aims to restore this historical landmark, which will also increase the safety and health of residents and stimulate alternative economic opportunities for the community of El Triunfo, BCS. Our local partner innovacionesAlumbra is matching the first $30,000 donated towards the $160,000 fundraising goal to restore the historic La Ramona smokestack!

The total restoration of the 157 meter tall La Ramona will require 3,500 new bricks. For only $50 p/brick, you can Adopt-A-Brick (or 2 or 3!) and have your contribution engraved on a memorial plaque at the base of the smokestack. The plaque will be a lasting reminder and powerful visual to show how every individual community member really can make a difference! These donations will be matched as well.

Learn more: Download Fact Sheet | Double your Impact and Donate Now!

Protecting Natural Beauty and Ecological Integrity

Focused on high-priority coastal sites in Baja California, Baja California Sur, Sonora, and Sinaloa.

Laguna San Ignacio Conservation Alliance:

Since 2005, the alliance has worked to provide permanent protection for Laguna San Ignacio and its gray whales by protecting key lands, promoting sustainable economic development, and monitoring and removing threats.

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Sea of Cortez Impact Fund:

Composed of groups vetted by ICF staff, this fund provides core operational support to leading environmental nonprofits with proven track records of marine and terrestrial conservation in the Gulf of California region.

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Ensuring that Baja residents enjoy a high quality of life and sense of place

Working to improve urban mobility, air quality, land-use zoning, and large-scale infrastructure projects throughout the region.


Emerging Sustainable Cities Initiative:

As part of the “Emerging Sustainable Cities” initiative at the Inter-American Development Bank, this initiative with local partner Como Vamos La Paz is measuring environmental sustainability, climate change, urban development, fiscal sustainability and governance, and developing an action plan to address these issues in La Paz. Learn more or Meet Lucia Frausto, Executive Director of Como Vamos La Paz, a citizen observatory leading this initiative.

East Cape/Cabo Pulmo indirect growth study

The East Cape of Baja California Sur, Mexico is experiencing development pressure from large-scale and small-scale tourism projects, which bring unplanned and informal population growth to the surrounding areas. This growth can have social and environmental consequences that are not typically measured by traditional project approval processes. ICF commissioned this research in 2014 to estimate the potential financial costs and required services for these new residents.

Keeping Kids In School and Learning For The Future


ICF works to keep kids in school throughout Latin America by supporting scholarships, curriculum development, and after-school programs, and investing in new institutions and learning technologies.

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Fighting Disease With Innovative Mobile Technology

Using technology that has been adapted and tested to suit the communities ICF serves in the border region and throughout Northwest Mexico.

Dulce Wireless Tijuana:

This bi-national, multi-sector intervention combines the chronic care model with 3G wireless Internet access for diabetes management, improving patient care and health outcomes for marginalized communities. In April 2016, the Dulce Wireless Tijuana study results were published in Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics, and efforts to expand the model to other locations are underway. Read local news coverage from the August 2016 Press Conference in Mexico City, watch this Short Video (English | Spanish) or Read the Full Study, or to replicate this scientifically proven model, check out the Online Toolkit.

Mobile Cervical Cancer Screening Study:

ICF and several partners funded a collaborative initiative to develop and test a smartphone-based cervical cancer diagnostic tool to provide cost-effective screening and care to women in underserved communities.

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Baja California Sur was found to be 18th of 32 states in Mexico in the number of households categorized as “food insecure.” (NIPH-INSP, 2012).

Helping children and families improve nutrition and access healthier foods

Southern Baja Food Security Initiative:

ICF is committed to achieving the highest level of health for all people. Sadly in Baja California Sur (BCS), a land of abundance and wealth, a 2013 community survey in La Paz and Los Cabos found that approximately 50% of all families lack financial access to fresh food. In 2016 ICF responded to this issue by teaming up with governmental and nonprofit partners, including Raíz de Fondo and the BCS Secretariat of Social Development to pilot a demonstration garden and nutrition education program at two local food kitchens in La Paz and Cabo San Lucas.

In 2017, ICF plans to build on the success of this pilot to expand to four additional sites. Meanwhile, ICF has been laying the groundwork for the creation of a Food Bank and Food Rescue Program in Los Cabos, which will distribute fresh fruits and vegetables gleaned from the fields of local producers, and prepared foods from restaurants and hotels in the area, to the families most in need. Help us bridge this gap!

In 2017, ICF’s local partners need to raise $137,000 to implement 6 community gardens and to build the infrastructure for a Food Bank and Rescue Center in Los Cabos, where fresh produce that is currently wasted will be distributed to food insecure populations

> Food Security Baja Norte Fact Sheet

> Food Security BCS Fact Sheet



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