The Friends of the Poor will be hosting a 5K Walk on July 26 at 8 a.m. at Torrey Pines State Beach to raise funds for the Oaxaca Education Fund. The Fund benefits the children of migrant workers from Oaxaca, Mexico, who used to work in the fields between Rancho Peñasquitos and Del Mar in San Diego. When agriculture ended in Carmel Valley, many migrant workers returned to their villages to grow enough food to feed their families. But there is very little paid work and cash is hard to come by. In Mexico, parents must pay for uniforms and school supplies.

Since 2012, in agreement with local authorities in Mexico, the Oaxaca Education Fund /Friends of the Poor have provided school supplies to all the children in grades K-12 in three villages in Oaxaca. They will go to Oaxaca this August, purchase the supplies, and distribute them to 1,500 children with the help of local youth.

Registration for this year’s Walk will be at 8 a.m. at Torrey Pines State Beach. Look for the Oaxaca Education Fund sign near the stairs across from the restrooms. Early arrivals will be able to find free parking along Highway 101. Others may park in the paid parking lot. Carpooling is recommended. A $20 donation to register is requested. Children walk free. Parents must be responsible for their children at the beach. Water and snacks will be provided. Bring a hat, sunscreen, and walking shoes.

You can go to our website for more information and photos. You can also make a tax-deductible donation to the fund online using your credit card or Paypal. Checks should be made out to Friends of the Poor, and mailed to 14356 Marianopolis Way, San Diego, CA 92129. All donations are tax-deductible. Our fund director can be contacted at or 858-922-8555.