The School Sponsorship Project

Pays basic school costs for children and youth whose families could not otherwise afford to send them to school.

The Food Project

provides a daily hot meal to children so they are ready to learn. This may be their only meal of the day.

The Tutor Project

pays university students to tutor high school students from their own social class. This helps them cover their own education costs and keeps them within the academic community.

The Book Project

replaces worn or “lost” books and adds new books to libraries in rural communities.

The Speech and Signing Therapy Project

engages the services of speech and sign language therapists to work with children who have hearing loss.

The High School Project for Girls

provides mentoring, counselling, education, transportation, medical and accommodation costs for capable young women from rural communities so they can create new options for their lives.

Judi's Gift

When Judi Schwartz, a long-time friend of Oaxaca, passed away in 2019, she left a tremendously generous gift that will go a long way in supporting projects to help low-income Oaxaca children and youth have a brighter future.

Muchísimas gracias, Judi!

CANFRO Founders

The idea for establishing CANFRO was conceived by a group of not-so-crazy Canucks who have a passion for helping impoverished people in Oaxaca help themselves.


The State of Oaxaca (pronounced wah-HAH-ka) is noted both for its natural beauty and for its poverty. Its diverse indigenous peoples live in small villages throughout the mountains and valleys in the countryside as well as in the capital city, also called Oaxaca.

CANFRO is a not-for-profit volunteer organization incorporated in the Province of Ontario and registered as a charity with Canada Revenue Agency. We fund and implement a variety of projects in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca. CANFRO remains neutral toward all political and religious organizations.

Our Mission

To relieve poverty, to advance education and to improve the health of children and young adults in the State of Oaxaca, Mexico.

Our Vision

Children and young adults in Oaxaca will have the opportunity to live the kind of life they desire free from poverty, with good health and a good education.

Our Values

The CANFRO Board and volunteers strive to conduct our work in alignment with these Core Values.

CANFRO helps disadvantaged youth in Oaxaca live better lives through projects that:

Relieve Poverty

by providing food, shelter, clothing and other basic supplies.

Promote Health

by providing medical care.

Advance Education

for young people by ensuring access to schooling and support for achievement.


Find Out More

Success Stories

Esther's Story

The Education Project for Girls

Omar's Story

The Tutor Project

Angela's Story

The School Sponsorship Project

Gamaliel's Story

The Book Project

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