Origins of the Alejo Peralta Foundation
The Foundation was created as a private charitable institution in 1997 in memory of Alejo Peralta y Díaz Ceballos, an engineer renowned for a highly enterprising spirit that enabled him to make significant contributions to Mexico's industrial development and educational, cultural and sporting activities. Similarly, he was known for his acute social awareness and sense of responsibility, traits reflected by his constant support for his workers and community.
As a non-profit institution, the Alejo Peralta Foundation provides assistance, whether directly or through other institutions, to people suffering from material, disability or health-related difficulties, while also contributing to the development of education and culture throughout Mexico.
The Foundation seeks to continue the work begun by Alejo Peralta, encouraging all sectors of society to embrace a spirit of responsibility and solidarity.
The Alejo Peralta Foundation strives to ensure that its activities have a significant social impact, while painstakingly upholding the transparency of fund utilization and optimizing the assignment of its budgetary resources each year. The Foundation is currently fine-tuning a strategy to enable it to concentrate its efforts in specific areas to emphasize the continuity of its work. It has also proposed working in conjunction with other Mexican and international entities to enhance the attainment of its objectives.
The Alejo Peralta Foundation works to help Mexican society develop an awareness regarding the feasibility of economic growth within a situation of social cohesion to foment social progress and respect for the environment.
The Alejo Peralta Foundation has performed a wide array of charitable and social assistance activities, including the following:
The construction and donation of housing to more than 1,500 families that either lost or were in danger of losing their homes due to natural phenomena (hurricanes, torrential rains, landslides, etc.) in the states of Oaxaca, Veracruz, Mexico, Puebla and Guerrero. Derived from these events, the Foundation published two books, La fuerza de la naturaleza, Huracán Paulina (The Force of Nature, Hurricane Paulina) and Inundaciones en México - Puebla 1999 (Floods in Mexico - Puebla 1999), to generate awareness in both civil and governmental sectors regarding the need for preventive measures to offset the effects of these disastrous situations.
The Foundation has also channeled resources to numerous institutions engaged in assistance activities, including: the Fundación Mexicana para la Salud (healthcare), Cruz Roja Mexicana (Mexican Red Cross), Teletón (disabled children), Casa de la Sal (children with AIDS), AMANC (children with cancer), Patronato Pro Zona Mazahua (indigenous people), Centros Familiares Obreros de México (community programs), Fundación Estancia Sagrado Corazón de Jesús (child welfare), Casa de la Amistad para Niños con Cáncer (children with cancer), Fideicomiso Ver bien para aprender mejor (visually challenged children), United Way (Mexico), Dibujando un mañana (street children), Escuela para entrenamiento de Perros Guía para Ciegos (visually challenged people).
The Foundation's cultural promotion activities include the following
Granting scholarships to young writers and sponsoring exhibitions featuring the work of Mexican painters. These activities include the support given to aspiring Oaxacan painters in 1998, many of whom have since obtained international renown. The Foundation has also staged exhibitions of works by acclaimed artists like Raúl Anguiano and Rodolfo Morales and supported the organization of concerts featuring the Minería, Puebla state and Americas symphony orchestras.
Its publications include: Imágenes y colores de Oaxaca (a representative selection of the work of young Oaxacan painters); Tango, música sin fronteras (Tango, music without Frontiers); Trazos de vida (the plastic work of Raúl Anguiano); Novísima grandeza de la tauromaquia mexicana (the grandeur of Mexican bullfighting); Rodolfo Morales; Sonia Amelio, mexicana universal (Sonia Amelio, famous Mexican dancer); Animales de México en peligro de extinción (Mexican animals in danger of extinction); Bolero, clave del corazón (Boleros, a Key to the Heart).