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Mexico, January 24, 2006. After more that 40 years of guiding
various projects for social development worldwide, the Legion of
Christ and the Regnum Christi Movement have created an
organization that unites and consolidates its projects of Christian charity
in a single force. The purpose of this organization is
to make the work more efficient and professional so as
to help more people.
Thus, in the summer of 2004, the
Altius Foundation was born: an international Catholic organization founded
by the Legion of Christ and specifically dedicated to bettering
the living standards of those most in need. Through projects
devoted to education, health, and development, Altius daily contributes towards
strengthening the poor families and communities of Latin America.
this school year, Altius is overseeing the network of Mano
Amiga schools, which serve thousands of boys and girls from
poor families; various health centers and a program of telemedicine
for indigenous communities in Mexico; and two centers for community
development. At the same time, it organizes innumerable activities at
the service of the poorest communities. Likewise, Altius works with
other charitable organizations around the world, with which it shares
common ideals and helps to supervise projects.
Altius has offices in
Monterrey, Mexico City, Santiago (Chile), Sao Paulo (Brazil) and Barcelona
(Spain.) As well, it works in the United States through
its partnership Catholic World Mission, based in New York and
Connecticut. Presently, projects run by Altius are serving over 400,000
“The Mano Amiga project is real; here are the results.”
says Ana García. Her father did everything to provide
for his family. He worked as a shoe-shiner and a
farmer and even worked in a car factory. Now, Ana
has a Bachelor’s degree and a Masters. She worked in
the third-largest company in Canada for 5 years.
in the Cualcán Mano Amiga School in Lerma (Mexico). In
her words, it was a school where “besides all of
the infrastructure, the teachers gave you excellent classes, academically speaking,
but also in terms of values. This was even more
beneficial for you as a student and a human person.
There were computer, English, and physical education classes.”
Carlos Otero, executive
director of Altius, explained that the achievements of Altius are
not measured in the number of walls raised or new
computers bought or sporting facilities erected.
“These things are only
the means we use,” he said. “Our true results are
measured in terms of the expectations of the people we
work with, in the new horizons that are opened up
to them, in the transformation that is brought to their
lives and eventually to their families and to the community
“That is why at Altius we are different, and that
is why at Altius we live a charity that transforms,”
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