George and Loretta Leavitt, J.E.E.P. Founders, are recognized in the “2013 Real Heroes of Mexico”

The MEXICO Report just announced the “2013 Real Heroes of Mexico.” This year’s book showcases 30 profiles of those making a difference in Mexico. We, at Jaltemba Bay Life, are thrilled to announce that George and Loretta Leavitt, founders of Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.) in La Peñita, are among those being recognized.

The Real Heroes of Mexico project was created in 2012 by Susie Albin-Najera, the creator and editor of The MEXICO Report, an internationally recognized blog showcasing everyday good news about Mexico. The project was launched in order to showcase the true champions of Mexico, the unsung heroes in the community and those celebrating Mexican culture through their goodwill efforts, bravery, inspirational stories, sacrifices and hard work. From fundraising and creating healthy eating programs, to education and healing the sick in rural communities, this one-of-a-kind effort showcases their acts of kindness, their achievements and dedication.

“The nominees that came through this year were phenomenal again and their stories never cease to amaze,” said creator of the project, Susie Albin-Najera. “It’s truly rewarding to be able to bring these stories to life and this project allows for others to learn about and celebrate their outstanding efforts and the work they are doing. These are the real heroes and champions of Mexico.”

Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.) was established in December 2012 by George and Loretta Leavitt to help large animals like horses, donkeys and mules who are ill, malnourished or being mistreated in Jaltemba Bay, Nayarit, Mexico.

The project began when eight starving horses were discovered near La Peñita. George and other volunteers immediately started raising the necessary funds and working with the owners to surrender these unwanted animals. All eight horses were successfully rescued and given emergency medical care and a special diet. Sadly, the strong and gentle leader, appropriately named Chance, passed away five days after the rescue. He was buried on a 3-acre property in La Peñita generously donated by the Leavitts. This parcel is currently being developed into the Hilltop Refugio, a permanent place for rescued equines.

After months of rehab, the rescue horses were finally healthy enough for George and Loretta to slowly begin breaking them in. In May, they selected a few dedicated neighborhood kids to be instructors-in-training and each one was assigned to a specific horse. They are learning how to care for and handle the horses, and in the future they will help teach new students how to do the same.

In June, their exciting educational program for adults and children in the community came to fruition as the  J.E.E.P. team introduced animal touch, interaction and therapy to 12 special-needs children from the Centros de Atención Múltiple #9 in Las Varas. And a very exciting day it was!

Soon, the general public will be able to visit the site and help care for these animals.

To learn more about the J.E.E.P. organization, read their latest stories, make a donation or sponsor a rescue horse, please visit Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.)

You can learn more about the other awardees or order your copy of the “2013 Real Heroes of Mexico” on The Mexico Report.

A sincere congratulations to all of this year’s awardees!

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7 Reviews on “George and Loretta Leavitt, J.E.E.P. Founders, are recognized in the “2013 Real Heroes of Mexico””

  1. :

    Wow! How wonderful and well deserved. Can hardly wait to see the herd again. Ron is chomping at the bit to muck out stalls

  2. :

    Congratulations George and Loretta, May Our Lord, awards you both. Lourdes.

  3. :

    Hi. I am so glad that the horses are doing so well. I can hardly wait until we are back there to see them again, by the way I am Honey's mom and I was just wondering how she is doing, also we will arrive the first week of December and I am really looking forward to seeing her and the horses... Linda and Orille Haugan

  4. :

    Great news and so deserved. Congratulations to two wonderful people.

  5. :

    So happy to hear the news is OUT!!!! You two are great. Congrats.

  6. :

    Congratulations George and Loretta! You are doing a wonderful work.

  7. :

    Congratulations to George and Loretta! George identified the problem, worked out a solution, and managed to gather local support for the project. It is great to see these dedicated people recognized for their efforts.

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