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» With a group of women and men interested in defending human rights, founded the Committee for Solidarity with marginalized ethnic groups. The committee is linked with indigenous organizations and those working in the defense of indigenous prisoners in coordination with other related organizations.

» The Committee works towards the restitution of land to the indigenous community of Amaxac, Veracruz, and then Chimalapas, Gro., Oaxaca, and participates in productive projects in rural and indigenous women.

» In the same year organized an awareness campaign and a series of conferences on poverty and hunger.

» She was officially invited to the installation of the Republic of Ethiopia. Made an accompanying work for Mother Teresa of Calcutta.

» In the Pochotita community of Jalisco, they install a venadario (deer population) and build along the Huichol community a bridge across the River Chapalangava.

» She is a member of the group of 100 intellectuals and artists in favor of environmental protection.

» Helps fight anti-nuclear activities, at the symbolic shut down of the Laguna Verde nuclear plant.


» She is part of the Commission for the Indigenous Justice and assists in the process of Constitutional Amendments to Article IV.


» She founded the Fund for the Health of Indigenous Children of Mexico (FISANIM AC) with Yolanda Garcia and Montanaro, the painter Francisco Toledo and Dr. Juan Pérez Amor.

» She forms the Technical Committee of the FISANIM.


» It formally becomes the Fund for the Health of Indigenous Children of Mexico (FISANIM AC).

» Manages to perform the first diagnosis of Indigenous Childrens’ Health in Mexico, in 600 of the 1,200 educational shelters, the National Indigenous Institute and the Ministry of Education were responsible for the results of this and indicated that 87% of children are adaptively and chronically malnourished.

» In the same year after the results of First Diagnosis of Health the FISANIM made in the state of Chiapas, implemented the Elimination of Trachoma and Typhoid in the highlands of Chiapas.

» Enters the Mexican Academy of Human Rights.

» She has participated in the struggle for the rights of pensioners and retirees in Mexico.

» She helps in the fight for the rights of working women, peasants and farm workers.

» Part of the Organization of Women in the Struggle for Democracy.

» She is an integral part of the Council of Peace of the United Nations.

» She has participated and promoted activities and projects of UNICEF and FAO.

» She receives the Yucatán Medal, awarded by the state government to distinguished citizens.

» According to field research conducted at the initiative of FISANIM, Ofelia manages to make the promotion of National Water Program for Indigenous Communities in Mexico.

» Contributes to environmental protection activities in communities and indigenous territories.

» The "Representation in Mexico of United Nations Fund for Children", gives her a testimony of recognition, in October of year.


» She is an important figure in managing for assigning a convention called "Law Enforcement of the Water Program in indigenous communities" also signed by the National Indigenous Institute, the National Water Commission, took place around 2000 micro-projects of water, of very diverse nature, for marginalized indigenous communities across the country where they underwent reconstruction of old water systems, introduction of piped water, construction of cisterns and wells, water harvesting systems for rain, etc..

» She founded the Trust for Mayan Children's Health.

» Awarded the title of elder in a Nahua community of Queretaro.

» Considered Sister of the Huichol community of Jalisco.


» Earlier this year, she promoted the creation of a nutritional rehabilitation center in the Agricultural Workers Program of Sinaloa and Field Hospital in Cuetzalan Puebla.

» In April, she carried out the program of Childrens’ Health and creative presence which encouraged the creativity of indigenous children from 17 ethnic groups through numerous workshops, where children shaped the health in their communities in different forms of expression, such as tales and legends, drama and painting, resulting in the great exhibition "Colorín Colorado: The Art of Indian children in Mexico."

» It was then when she proposed and managed the funds to do the extraordinary exhibition, "Colorín Colorado: The Art of Indian children in Mexico" artistic work consisting of huge murals painted on cloth, which was exhibited for the first time on October 12th, 1993 at the Palace of Fine Arts and has toured USA, Japan, Germany, the Basque country, Denmark, Norway, Finland, and in January 2001 was admired in the city of Nuuk, Greenland, where Ofelia Medina and two young Mexican artists held workshops with children in Greenland to make their own statement on murals.

» The "Mexican Europalia Committee”, gives her recognition.

» Since the emergence of the Zapatista movement in Chiapas in January 1994, she has been implementing the Nutrition Program for pregnant and lactating women, students and children under five years.

» During the first days of February 1994, the FISANIM and Ofelia, supported by a team of doctors and volunteers of an NGO, revealed an outbreak of cholera in communities located within the limits of the Biosphere Reserve “Montes Azules”.

» Founder of the Trust for the Health of Indigenous Children in Jalisco.

» Promotes research on nutrition and health conditions in Mexico's indigenous children population.

» Promotes the organization and execution of Nutrition and Health Programs for Indigenous Children. 23.477 benefiting children from 0 to 14 years old in communities in the states of Yucatan, Oaxaca, Campeche, Sinaloa (children of farm workers), Puebla and Morelos.

» Promotes the organization and implementation of the Special Program on Food Aid for Indigenous Communities in the Highlands of Chiapas.

» In August, along with the poet Juan Bañuelos, organizes elections for President of the Republic and the Governor of Chiapas in Zapatista territory.

» Participated in establishing the first Civil Camp for Peace in indigenous communities in Chiapas.

» In December, she performs a hunger strike for peace in Chiapas, at the Angel of Independence in Mexico City.


» She’s given the National Award, Sergio Méndez Arceo, for defenders of human rights.

» Adviser and invited guest by the EZLN for the Dialogue for Peace held with government representatives in San Andres Larrainzar, Chiapas.

» She has participated in humanitarian and medical aid to indigenous communities in Chiapas.

» Works with indigenous and popular organizations in the defense of human rights in Tepoztlan, Morelos and La Montaña de Guerrero, through the group of which she is founder named Tlanchinollan as well as indigenous workers of Limpia, Tabasco.

» Participates as a representative of the Fund for the Health of Indigenous Children of Mexico at the Earth Summit Conference, in Rio de Janeiro.

» Since 25 December, along with the Fund for the Health of Indigenous Children of Mexico she has been implementing the nutrition program for the displaced in Chenalhó which includes 3,500 children under 5 and pregnant and / or infants.

» She supported a women's group in Loxicha, Oaxaca.


» On 11 February, she is part of the Radiothon, hosted by the Chicano community, attended by Mexican artists, Chicanos and North Americans, to raise funds for the displaced in Chenalhó.

» She has given numerous lectures at schools, universities, forums and conferences where she is often invited.

» On June 5, the City of Dallas Texas, granted her the recognition of "Honorary Citizen"

» On 30 September this year, she managed to sign with the FISANIM an agreement with Doctors of the World Spain for the implementation of reorganization measures in dry latrines in the camps for displaced people in Chenalhó, for which she offered a workshop by Cesar Añorve. Cesar Añorve. It was an exemplary work which made audiocassets with music and songs composed in Tzotzil and Spanish, explaining the use of latrines.

» At the end of the year, twinned with the Huichol and pesticides Project, which aims to inform the effects caused by the use of pesticides in agriculture. The Huichol and Pesticide Project has undertaken various activities to promote and demand respect for human rights of the people directly affected, specific migrant laborers Wixárika Huichol indigenous people.


» It has always been a concern and occupation of hers to research on the health and nutrition of indigenous children and has carried out an exhaustive work on the benefits of amaranth.

» It is because of this that from April to this day, thanks to her efforts, along with the Alejandro Díaz Foundation of Guadalajara, that amaranth has been introduced to the diet in the camps, for this the advice of an agronomist amaranth specialist, Dr. Sergio Barrales was given, (who was then the Chancellor of the University of Chapingo), who trained groups of women and men from each camp, to plant the seed in order to reintroduce it in their diet, not only in the form of grain, but also taking advantage of the leaves.

» She promoted the "National Program for the Right to Food for Indigenous Chidren in Mexico " with the purpose of assisting in the search for alternatives to improve living conditions and health of pregnant mothers and / or nursing and indigenous children. This program involves 13 states, 33 languages, and 372 municipalities included in the National Program Service in 250 microregions.

» April 30, she gives a lecture to a group of Rotarians from San Luis Potosí "A Look through the Indian Child"

» She is given the Roque Dalton Award.


» On 24 September, the "Hurricane Isidore" seriously attacked the Yucatan Peninsula. The Fund for the Health of Indigenous Children of Mexico called the French Embassy and the store Carrefur, who jointly supported the communities most affected of the Tzucacab township "Tigre Grande", "Escondido", "Piste" “Akal” y “Blanca Flor". These communities were moved to the county seat where they were treated and had access to humanitarian aid according to their culture and customs.

Prepared foods, bought stoves, appliances, gas tank, etc. Amaranth was distributed. Nutriologist Dr. Pilar Torre visited the communities, provided with diagnosis and care to the most urgent cases.

A month and a half later when the waters subsided, the settlers were accompanied to their communities and we provided 20 meters of fabric to each family so they could repair their homes temporarily, as well as sewing machines for canvas, nails, hammers, fasteners and water tanks. It was ensured that water was provided after the disaster because the wells were contaminated with chemicals.

In December, toys and gifts were given to all children, fabric and thread for women to make their blouses and yarn to weave hammocks, as well as furniture and stoves so they could continue to prepare nutritious food in community kitchens.

In the same month and through the FISANIM, Architect Fernando Medina, made the plans and designs of the new communities.

Today communities "Tigre Grande" and "Escondido", have been relocated to a new space and housing.

» In April, she received an award in the city of Merida, Yucatan, called "Indigenous Children of México, A Tribute to Ofelia Medina."

» She makes the film Innocent Voices, with the Director: Luis Mandoki, in which she participates in the script. This film is about the situation of children in El Salvador and becomes an award winner for the Ariel in México.


» March. She receives the Gold Medal of the city of Pau, France, delivered by the Municipal Council, the Mayor of the city, the Minister André Labarrère, for her merits in the field of human rights and for her career.


» In January she performs in the capital's main square along with renowned Spanish actresses, against the femicide in Ciudad Juárez.

» After the very unfortunate events of May 3 and 4 in San Salvador Atenco, she invites actresses, actors, intellectuals and artists in general to form the group called "Women Without Fear"


» Participates along with other artists, filmmakers and intellectuals in the video on the Privatization of Oil by Paul Leduc.

» Participates with the theme "Indigenous Children" in Malmo, Sweden, in the European Social Forum.

» After Hurricane Isidore that devastated various entities in Tabasco and Chiapas, she convened a group of rockers and performs a fundraiser concert called "Rock pal Sureste” (Rock for the Southeast), with the participation of: Café Tacuba, Maldita Vecindad, Molotov and Zoe. The concert was a successful joint participation of youth in civil society.


» In January at the Museum of the Capitol, in the Room Marcus Aurelius in Rome, she was honored "The Silver Medal of the Republic of Italy" for her work in human rights and for her artistic career.

» She was given recognition by the "Instituto Cervantes" in Cairo, Egypt for her humane and artistic career.

» Throughout all these years and to date the nutrition programs in camps for the displaced in Chenalhó, Chiapas have continued thanks to the efforts and dedication of Ofelia.