News from Around Banderas Bay | May 2008
|Gov't Offers Matching Fund Program to Children of the Dump|
Arthur Fumerton - PVNN
The Mexican government recently introduced a new grant program (VIVE) to charities which have been approved by the government and can meet the matching requirements under the program.
Children of the Dump (Desayunos Para Los Niños de Vallarta A.C.) will receive $50,000 US/CDN if it can raise $30,000 US/CDN in matching funds by June 30, 2008. The matching funds must be deposited in a special bank account 30 days after the program has been formally approved. If the matching funds are not deposited in that account within the time period, the government will withdraw their funds.
In order for The Children of the Dump to receive the grant of $50,000 US/CDN, the matching funds must be deposited by June 30, 2008.
The total funds of $80,000 US/CDN will effectively fund all of our programs through the end of 2008. The funds will be expended as follows:
$20,000 USD: Building Construction and Refurbishment
$ 5,000 USD: Playground Refurbishment and Maintenance
$10,000 USD: Transportation Operations and Maintenance
$10,000 USD: Maintenance of All Facilities
$10,000 USD: Special Diet for Children
$10,000 USD: Day Care Centers Equipment Replacement and Refurbishment
$ 5,000 USD: School of Champions Facilities Improvement
$10,000 USD: Additional Computer and Media Equipment
In order for us to receive the government funding, we need your support. The Mexican government has finally recognized our efforts over the past 10 years in helping the children and offered this opportunity to receive funds under the VIVE program. Without your help we lose the $50,000 which will limit our growth and our ability to help these children.
Please send your donations to:
Children of the Dump
227 E. Carol Ann Way
Phoenix, AZ 85022-3054
The Children of the Dump was founded in 1998, originally as Feed the Children Vallarta. Through private donations, the program feeds more than 2,300 children daily, operates nine day care centers and an after-school program for grades 3 through 6; teaching them English, math and computers. The goal of the Children of the Dump is to ensure education through grade nine and to educate the children of Puerto Vallarta in the skills necessary to rise above poverty. To learn more about Children of the Dump's programs, click HERE or visit ChildrenOfTheDump.org.