Arturo y Los Hijos de Dios A.C. (Arturo
and the Children of God)
Founded in 2001, their goal is to help families
in need who also want to help themselves.
They sponsor individual people and families
that are facing hard times, and help them to
get on their feet again. A very personal
approach with many heartwarming success stories
Becas Vallarta, A.C. / America-Mexico Foundation
This organization sponsors low-income kids in
Puerto Vallarta, buying school supplies and
offering scholarships to promising kids so they
can afford to go to college.
Casa Hogar Maximo Cornejo Quiroz, A.C.
A local orphanage run by Catholic Nuns, near
the bus terminal.
Most of the children
come from families who are unable to care adequately
for them. Needs include food, hygiene supplies
such as soap and shampoo, clothing and toys.
Children of the Dump
A non-profit organization set up to help give
food and shelter to the kids of Puerto Vallarta
who were previously living in the dump. They
feed over 2,300 kids hot lunches each day and
have built The School of Champions, a school
and recreation center.
International Friendship Club
This local group was set up in 1987 by a group
of Canadian and American volunteers, and has
grown into one of the areas biggest supporters
of charity and non-profit work in several areas.
This non-profit leverages the financial and
political power of tourism to provide small,
interest-free loans to enable entrepreneurs
to build their businesses. The goal is
microlending, with authentic cultural
experiences as the tool to make it happen.
Manos de Amor Por Bahia, A.C.
(Hands of Love by the Bay)
Founded in 2004, the mission of this organization
is to help the poor children of the Bucerias
area. Their primary mission is to build
an orphanage / shelter in the area to house
kids who now have nowhere to go.
Organizacion Vallarta Contra el SIDA
(Vallarta Organization Against AIDS)
This non-profit organization funds AIDS awareness
and prevention programs in Puerto Vallarta,
and offers medical treatment and family counseling
services to the low income families of Vallarta.
Pasitos de Luz
(Little Steps of Light)
Provides care for children with any
disability from low-income families. It was
founded more than fourteen years ago by
a group of mothers desperate for a place
where they could take their disabled
children to receive decent levels of care
Refugio Infantil Santa Esperanza, A.C.
A non-profit shelter for babies and children
under the age of 14 who have been turned over
by DIF (like Children's Services in the U.S.).
Their main objective is to reintegrate these
children with their families, but this is not
always possible. They give these children a
safe and loving place to live because they have
no other choice in their lives.