Fisherman's Fellowship Foundation (F3) an effective charity at work - founded by Nick Fox
The FFF began in 1998 on a fishing trip to Mexico when a fisherman noticed his surroundings during the drive from the resort to the fishing lake. Although Mexico was a poor country, what he saw was well beyond poverty. It was not an accepted practice for the “gringos” to communicate with the locals. It was thought, in fact, to be dangerous. This was unfounded, as the fisherman reached out to the community in need. FFF operates on donations from private contributors. FFF is much more effective than any other known charity. It pays no operating cost, no admin fees, and no pay roll. This allows 100% of the funds to go directly to the people in need.
FFF strives to make positive changes in rural, poverty stricken regions of Sinaloa, Mexico. Tri-annual distributions of food, clothing, and educational materials have become ritual. During the winter and holiday months, FFF refocuses on the needy cases in the US.
Please e-mail us if you would like to contribute your time or money to the Fisherman's Fellowship Foundation.
There are a lot of questions regarding donations. We generally do NOT accept food or clothes. Below is a list of experiences we have had in the past that make it a major challenge.
1. We have paid outrageous prices when checking in additional luggage that is considered "overweight" and additional baggage.
2. In shipping items, we have found that it rarely makes it to it's final destination. In some cases, it makes it, but without the better contents.
3. We have found that we are NOT stimulating the local economy when we import.
When we take US dollars to Mexico, we find that the money goes much further. We purchase the food in a wholesale warehouse that gives us additional price breaks. We estimate that we can get roughly five times more food in Mexico than with the same money in the US. We also assist in stimulating the local economy. We do not pay any shipping, no "overweight"charges, no pilferage, and it's all fresh food and new clothes.
THE WHOLESALE FOOD MARKET
BULK CLOTHING/BLANKETS STORE
FOOD IS LOADED
TRANSPORT VIA TRUCKS TO RUAL AREA
RUAL FOOD STORAGE WAREHOUSE
FOOD AT RUAL WAREHOUSE
Many people think this type of work is selfless. Most of us involved in FFF agree that it's very selfish on our part. Although the people are in great need of the items we provide, they provide us with a level of fulfillment that we cannot find elsewhere.