What is CUPS?
CUPS is a Christian organization founded in 1989 to improve the quality of life in rural communities along the Mexico-U.S. border. This includes support for education and health in Mexican communities where CUPS has worked for over 24 years as of fall 2013. CUPS also works with local nonprofit organizations based on the U.S. side of the border in Hidalgo County. This includes assisting in the assembly of PETs (Personal Energy Transportation), a cart that offers mobility to those in Mexico who cannot walk or who have great difficulty walking. CUPS also places volunteers with colonia based organizations like Project Arise which offers a broad range of programs for colonia residents, especially the children. In this way, CUPS continues our commitment to Mexican communities in spite of the ongoing instability due to drug cartel activity and at the same time, CUPS continues to offer volunteer opportunities on the U.S. side of the border.
Maximizing the use of capital and human resources, CUPS united mission trip volunteers with the people of Mexican and U.S. communities in projects that touched the lives of thousands of people. Health and education projects are a primary focus, and these are designed to meet community defined needs.
Key CUPS Programs
Community Support and Partnership in Mexico
- Provide education support to schools in northeast Mexico – kindergarten, primary, and middle schools that includes school supplies, books in Spanish, computers and enrichment materials for students.
- Provide health equipment and supplies for special education students, seniors and those with mobility challenges. This includes wheelchairs, canes and supplies like diapers.
- Provide readable, understandable and affordable Bibles for distribution in Mexico.
- To learn more about donating materials for the support of education and health, click here.
Workgroups in Texas – CUPS partners with local nonprofit agencies in the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) area of Texas to offer mission service opportunities on the US side of the border. To learn more about our partner organizations, click on the links below: