Jessica is the founder ofBreaking the Cycle of Poverty, a non-profit organization funding projects in San Felipe, Mexico, that "break the cycle of generational poverty by helping one child at a time." Their impact includes providing backpacks and school supplies for the children, as well as presents during the holidays. The non-profit was bourne out of simple actions: visiting the fishing village and delivering toys to local children.
Here's how Jessica's time with us all went down:
[20:10] A glimpse into poverty in a third world country
[36:33] News that the mining and fishing in San Felipe (the primary livelihoods of the village) will be banned, starting January 2015!?
[46:30] "I think there are a lot of conceptions out there that in order to make a difference, it has to be on a grand scale. Just from what I've seen,...it really doesn't. ...If you can just do something small for somebody else, it could make the biggest difference in their life." - Jessica
After the show, Tim and I spent a few moments on the phone not saying anything. It was like taking in the view at the top of a mountain, and we were both speechless. So if you feel the same way after listening to this episode, we understand.
If you are local to the Phoenix area, Breaking the Cycle of Poverty will be having a bake sale on Friday, Dec. 5 at the "Gifts and Graces" event at the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts in Tempe, Arizona.
Learn more about Jessica Ireland and Breaking the Cycle of Poverty, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/breakingthecycleofpoverty. 100% of donations to Breaking the Cycle of Poverty go directly to projects that improve the lives of the people of San Felipe, Mexico.