The Five-O project in La Paz, the capital of the Baja California Sur (Lower California South), is a Nursing School established in 1992 offering all subjects of nursing. The majority of students come from poor villages outside La Paz and go back to their local areas after graduation to work as nurses who are in great demand because of the scarcity of health facilities.
Each year about 250 students enroll for their three-year education, after which they go into professional practice for a year and end with an official exam leading to a professional diploma which is recognised in any Health Institute.
Scholarships are donated by BPW Mexico to students with low economic resources enabling them to become educated. Donations are also given for the expansion construction of the School buildings.
In October 2003 the School became the first Educational Institute in Mexico to be certified with the ISO 9001:2000 norm, which reflects the quality of the training.
BPW Australia has been active over the years in making donations to the La Paz Nursing School. As little as $A60-70 is enough to pay for one nurse per year to be educated. In 2010 Young BPWI resolved to support the school at its International Conference in Sorrento.
BPW Australia clubs can donate through BPW Australia Head Office, Surry Hills, Victoria. See the contacts page for more details.