Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - The International Friendship Club (IFC) just spent $138,000 pesos on making good things happen in Puerto Vallarta. Our Home Tours had a very successful season showing visitors and residents some of the lovely homes here, and part of the program's revenues have now been allocated to our Education Committee to improve the lives of local Mexican residents who need help.
The Education Committee examined the reports of the organizations that were supported last year, asked for proposals from them and from new organizations, visited each organization, assessed the needs for the next twelve months and then allocated this year's budget to the organizations that met the committee's criteria.
It is exciting to know that the International Friendship Club has decided to support the following organizations this year:
The American School Puerto Vallarta is a private school that encourages its staff and teachers to help others in the community who are less fortunate. The IFC donation will be used by the American School to help build and furnish libraries in schools in poor, rural areas where books are hard to find. Teaching children to read is a core component of this program. Their program is called Leer y Crecer (Read and Grow).
Colonia Volcanes is also an economically challenged area, but the Volcanes Community Project provides classes in English, Math and Computers to kids who attend its classes voluntarily to learn skills not taught in their regular schools. The IFC grant will help pay teachers' salaries.
SETAC is an organization in Puerto Vallarta dedicated to helping the community deal with HIV and AIDS. This year's grant from IFC will be used to provide supplies for teaching sex and safe sex education to pubic middle and high school students aged 12-17.
Vallarta Botanical Gardens admitted more than 300 students at no charge during December and January and representatives of VBG also visit local schools to educate the children on the need to preserve our environment and local habitats. This year, our funding will be used to help pay for the bussing and lunches of the children brought to the gardens from city schools.
Alas Escuela De Canto serves over 60 children who have been referred to it by parents and other care givers who are at a loss to handle the special needs of their children. Challenges faced by the children include domestic abuse, depression, parental alcohol and drug addiction and social behavior disorders. Kharla Barragán, a trained singer, dance instructor, and psychologist decided to use the power of dance and song to positively turn lives around of these children in need and has founded this school. Financial support from IFC will be used to help to purchase musical instruments.
Many tourists, seasonal residents and ex-pats that live here year 'round consider that Puerto Vallarta is a small slice of paradise. It's good to be able to share a little of our wealth with those who live here in less than idyllic conditions by taking a Home Tour or participating in other IFC activities.ifcvallarta.com Email: ifcvallarta(at)gmail.com