License to Operate

We are governed, evaluated, inspected and tested by the social service branch of the Mexican government called DIF. Mexican laws are constantly changing and these changes have their affect on orphanages. Because of a 2009 Hermosillo day care fire that took 49 kids’ lives and 100 other injured, the Mexican government has developed strict criteria for social service institutions such as Santa Marta, a home for children. There were many hoops to jump through: smoke alarms, fire extinguishers, evacuation routes marked, gas lines with shut off valves exposed, special training in rescue and search teams, first aid, etc. These are all good and necessary, but was time consuming and costly. After almost two years of gathering all the paperwork and diplomas we have succeeded in officially receiving our License to Operate. Victor and Rod were our representatives for this joyous occasion and we accepted our License with enthusiasm. Victor has been with us for 27 years now and we felt he would best represent who we are and why this ministry exists. If you ask Victor about the trip he will let you know that he had the best carne asada tacos that day! That memory was even better than shaking the governor’s wife’s hand!



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