Edit ModuleShow Tags

Front Pages


(page 1 of 5)

Helping Hands

During her bus ride home in Tijuana one day, a Project Concern community health worker spotted a mother whose baby girl had sunken eyes, a distended belly and skinny legs and arms. She approached the mother and gently recommended she bring the baby to Project Concern’s Well-Baby Clinic.

Doctors examined the girl and found she was malnourished. The mother said she didn’t realize girl babies needed as much food as boy babies. The Project Concern worker saw to it that the mother brought the baby to the clinic weekly to be monitored and to receive food Project Concern provides for entire families. The baby gained weight and recovered.

George Guimaraes’ eyes well up at that story, bespeaking a passion for helping needy children. The new president and CEO of Project Concern International has had more than 30 years of experience in international marketing and advertising. But six years ago, harking back to his 1960s experience as a New York City youth volunteer, Guimaraes ducked out of the corporate world. He put his skills to work for Save the Children.

Now he’s enthusiastic about tackling his new duties for Project Concern, which has maintained the integrity of its founder, James Turpin, a Navy doctor in private practice in Coronado, who volunteered at a medical clinic in Tijuana. According to the organization’s latest annual report, 90 percent of its $30 million budget went to program services. And while other charities experienced sharp drop-offs in donations in the aftermath of 9/11, Project Concern raised more money last year—$28 million—than ever before.

“The story here is wonderful,” Guimaraes says. He notes that while the Project Concern network spans the globe, much of its work takes place right here, on both sides of the U.S.–Mexico border. The Border Health Initiative, launched in 1996, has helped tens of thousands of children and their families in such areas as baby wellness, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS. Project Concern also deploys a squad of “promotoras”—25 longtime Mexico volunteers who have been trained to provide direct health services.

Project Concern also has launched a “New Americans” project in San Diego aimed at new immigrants, chiefly from East Africa.

“Our border work is some of our most important,” Guimaraes says. “We’re literally saving kids’ lives and building a healthier community.”

Dr. Blanca Lomeli will attest to that. Back in the 1980s, Lomeli saw a young pregnant woman at a Project Concern clinic. The woman had developed placenta previa, a condition that threatened her life as well as her unborn child’s. The doctor made sure the woman got to the hospital for the surgery that saved her life. In the years since then, Lomeli and the mother have kept in touch. The baby girl grew up in good health and is about to become a mother herself.
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

More »Related Stories

San Diego Thanksgiving Guide 2015

Where to dine out, order catering, buy pies, and turkey-trot your way through the holiday

Be Seen This Fall in Rancho Mirage

Enter To Win a 2 Night Stay Package at The Luxurious Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa

Bosa’s Big Idea

How the sale of homes in San Diego is providing shelter for people in the Philippines
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Most Popular

  1. Dear Chargers, It's Over
    A pre-emptive breakup letter to the team we love
  2. Healthcare Goes High-Tech
    Dr. Eric Topol is putting health care in the palms of our hands
  3. Be Seen This Fall in Rancho Mirage
    Enter To Win a 2 Night Stay Package at The Luxurious Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa
  4. Growing Up in San Diego
    26 memories of being a kid in America's Finest City
  5. Incoming: Liberty Public Market
    San Diego's big public market unveils three big new concepts
  6. FIRST LOOK: Duke's La Jolla
    For decades, Top of the Cove in La Jolla held one of the most iconic restaurant spots in San Diego. Now they've finally filled that space. Take an exclusive first look at Duke's La Jolla.
Edit ModuleShow Tags


October is Rideshare Month

Join the Rideshare 2015 Challenge and get there together

Go Ahead... Ask McMillin!

At McMillin Realty, we are encouraging you to bring us your real estate questions. We will answer these questions….. for free.
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module
Edit Module

Connect With Us:

Edit ModuleShow Tags


Win Dinner for Two at Black&Blue Steakhouse

Win dinner for two at Black&Blue Steakhouse and $25 in Free Slot Play at Valley View Casino

MADE IN AMERICA — Craft Icons of the 50 States

MADE IN AMERICA is the last exhibition in Mingei International Museum’s American Icons series, celebrating 100 years of folk art, craft and design from coast to coast.
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags