Our Story

Our story began in 1983 in the small fishing village of Chacala, Mexico. It was born of the dream of Dr. Laura del Valle to lead a meaningful way of life providing services and support to the local rural community. She opened a free primary care clinic and became associate professor abroad at UCSF, running a volunteer program for medical students on international rotations. Over the 25 years it was open, the clinic gave care to 11,000 families. 

In 1989, Dr. Laura established the registered non-profit Convivencia Campesina, Mar de Jade A.C., which, in addition to the clinic, ran many community projects such as; a human rights chapter, a sewing co-op, a citizen education program, and helped bring Habitat for Humanity to the region.

Today we operate 5 Community Projects working in different fields such as Education, Wellness and Sustainable Farming & Micro-industry. All of these projects are sponsored by Mar de Jade, a Wellness Resort & Retreat Center in Mexico.