Ngage New Mexico recently received support from three Las Cruces Walmart stores (on Rinconada Boulevard, Walton Boulevard, and Valley Drive) and Las Cruces Sam’s Club in the form of four $ 2,000 grants from Walmart Giving to help prepare and introduction of the Vamos Niños! The Mobile Children’s Museum, Ngage and Walmart said in a joint press release.
The museum is slated to go live by the end of 2022, said Sommer Mitchell, communications coordinator for the SUCCESS partnership.
“¡Vamos Ninos! will give children the opportunity to learn through play that gives them connections to the world around them, creativity and critical thinking, ”said Kimmi Cravens, Museum Development Coordinator for Engage.
Doña Ana County is the second most populous county in New Mexico with an area of 3,814 square miles along the U.S.-Mexico border and is home to 37 colonies, rural communities, or neighborhoods within 240 miles of the international border, which often have adequate infrastructure and other essentials Services, says the press release.
“With much of our community living in these underserved areas, it is undeniable that transportation is a barrier for children and families to access resources that will help them survive and thrive,” said Cravens. “¡Vamos Niños! will travel throughout Doña Ana County, offering help and opportunities to families where they are. “
The Walmart Foundation has a particular interest in creating economic opportunity and empowering local communities, the press release said. These values are complemented by philanthropic investments, where the foundation works with others to bring about positive change. Ngage and its SUCCESS partnership use a collective impact approach to create change.
Las Cruces-based Ngage founded Doña Ana County’s Prenatal to Career SUCCESS partnership education initiative in 2013. The partnership includes parents, education professionals, nonprofits, businesses, regional partners, and community leaders “who all believe that education is a shared responsibility.” according to www.ngagenm.org.
To donate or learn more about ¡Vamos Niños! – Play to learn, contact Kimmi Cravens at [email protected]