Vallarta Living | Community Services
|Feed the Children Vallarta and School of Champions|
Every child deserves the chance for a better future
Feed the Children Vallarta was formed in 1998 with the mission to help the poor children living in and around the city dump in Puerto Vallarta; specifically to help them get an education. Our goal was to get them to school, keep them in school and help them learn so that they will have an opportunity for a better job and a better life.
|For more information, contact Arthur Fumerton at ArthurEFumerton(at)Yahoo.com or 322-158-8815. To make an online donation please visit FeedTheChildrenVallarta.com|
Initially we were concerned with helping the children living in the dump go to school with clothing, a shower and supplies. Then we were concerned with helping the children in the school with their concentration and learning so we decided to give them a healthy breakfast as they entered the school.
Next was after school training in Math, Computers and English for those who showed interest and promise. Finally, we became involved in operating day care centers for the children of working mothers.
Our mission has not changed in the 12 years of operations; we are dedicated to helping these children realize the promise of a better life. Today there are no children living in the dump and no children working in the dump. Thanks to the city government and voices like Feed the Children Vallarta, the families were removed from the dump and the children were sent to school.
Today, Feed the Children Vallarta's School Breakfast/Hot Meals Program feeds 2300 children in Puerto Vallarta each school day. Our School of Champions offers after school classes to 130 to 150 children from grades 3 to 6. And we operate 9 Day Care Centers, each with a capacity for 25 children ages 3 1/2 months to 3 1/2 years.
Feed the Children Vallarta has a proven track record of success in all these areas, while looking to the future. To learn more about any of Feed the Children Vallarta's programs, visit FeedTheChildrenVallarta.com. If you would like to volunteer or make a tax deductible donation, please contact Arthur Fumerton at artfumerton(at)gmail.com.
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School of Champions Christmas at the Sheraton: What a Party!
The annual School of Champions Christmas Party was held at the Sheraton Buganvilias Hotel and Resort for the third consecutive year. Over 270 children from both the main campus in Magisterio and the Volcanes Primary School attended the event.
School of Champions Back To School!
The School of Champions educational projects resumed on September 20th, providing food to over 1500 poor children in the public primary schools and kindergartens around the Puerto Vallarta dump and after-school classes in English, math and computer skills for more than 300 students.
Could You Teach English to Vallarta Kids?
The School of Champions, an after school program operated by Feed the Children Vallarta, is looking for dedicated English teachers who live in the Banderas Bay area and can commit to at least six months of teaching after-school classes in English tostudents in grades three through eight.
Building a Future for Children of the Dump
Steve Menard has been going to the coastal city of Puerto Vallarta twice a year for the past six years. While he's on vacation, it's not unusual for him to bring extra flip-flops, coloring books, Crayons, other toys, even "small" cash donations, to give to Mexican orphanages. But this year's gift is different. It's bigger. An investment.
Roma Kids North American Tour 2010 Continues in Toronto on August 7
On August 7th, the Roma Kids North American Tour will hit the Madison Avenue Bar and Grill in Toronto. Isabel Manore will host the festivities, which will begin around 4 pm. All proceeds will go to fund the Puerto Vallarta School of Champions fall semester, which starts in September.
School of Champions Summer Camp 2010 Starts with a Splash
This year's School of Champions Summer Camp started off with a splash as 30 of the 130 kids who enrolled in the 4 week camp went swimming at a local private recreation center. Other children participated in activities such as computer classes, arts and crafts, soccer and basketball.
School of Champions Graduation Party
Over 225 students attended the annual Graduation Party for the School of Champions after school program at the Sheraton Buganvilias Resort Hotel. Thanks to all those who helped make this party a huge success. The Children will never forget this afternoon.
Cafe Roma Feeds 2500 Children Free Pizza
Café Roma continues its incredible generosity and has now fed free pizza to more than 2500 children from the School of Champions program in Magisterio and Volcanes colonias. For the past two years Sr. Fox has been treating these children to weekly pizza parties at his restaurant in Puerto Vallarta.
Children of the Dump / School of Champions Summer Program
From July 14 through August 8, the School of Champions will hold a 4 week summer camp filled with fun activities for 100 children from the areas around the Puerto Vallarta city dump. We need to collect about $2,000 USD in donations in order to fund the camp, and we always need more volunteers.
Roma Kids North American Tour 2010
Those of you who’ve been following Feed the Children Vallarta's progress are familiar with the infamous duo Fox and Einstein. They and their many fans are behind the annual Roma Kids North American Tour, which raises funds for the kids at the School of Champions in Puerto Vallarta. (starting June 27th)
School of Champions Summer Camp - Get Involved!
The School of Champions, a charitable program run by Feed the Children Vallarta that offers educational opportunities to kids from underprivileged backgrounds, will be running a four-week summer camp for children from some of the poorest areas of Vallarta from July 12th-August 6th.
Café Roma Hosts Successful Fundraiser for the School of Champions
The classic Fox-Einstien combination gave its final performance of the year on November 11th at Café Roma here in Puerto Vallarta in aid of the kids at Feed the Children Vallarta's School of Champions program. They put on a great show and raised an impressive sum of money towards an excellent cause.
The Final Leg of the Cafe Roma Kids North American Tour Approaches!
After several successful fundraising events across the continent, Señor Fox and his team will be concluding their North American Tour in aid of the children at the School of Champions on November 11, 2009 at Café Roma in Puerto Vallarta.
School Of Champions Needs English Teachers
The School of Champions, an after school program operated by Feed the Children Vallarta, is looking for dedicated English teachers who live in the Banderas Bay area and can commit to at least six months of teaching students in grades three to six at our school.
More Success for Café Roma: Local Ex-Pats Take Their Unstoppable Fundraising Machine on the Road
On July 20th 2009, over 100 people drank, ate and were merry at the Madison Pub, Toronto in aid of Feed the Children Vallarta. The total raised by the event came to an impressive $10,000 USD; enough for a good September start for the School of Champions program here in Vallarta.
Help Feed & Educate a Child for $1 a Day
In order to continue educating and feeding the 300 students in their after school program, Feed the Children Vallarta and the School of Champions need 300 donors to commit to a contribution of $1 per day for the entire school year.
Children of the Dump Need your Help!
Though fortunately to date we have had no confirmed cases of the N1H1 flu reported in the entire Puerto Vallarta area, the flu scare has further decreased our normal flow of donations, which we need to keep our programs open - particularly our School of Champions.
Banana Cantina Hosts Children of the Dump
On Wednesday, May 6, bANANaCANtiNA Charity Night will host Josh Gillespe and his team, who work hard to raise funds for Children of the Dump. They are young and full of great energy and love for all they do to help local children, so join us for an evening of great food, friendship and fun!
Children of the Dump Fundraiser at Vista Grill
Despite the Swine Flu scare in many parts of Mexico, life goes on here in Puerto Vallarta. Wednesday, April 29th at 7 pm, Vista Grill will be hosting a fundraising event to support the Children of the Dump, a non-profit organization that helps the poor children living in and around the city dump.
School of Champions Begins New Year 2009
Winter 2009 news from the School of Champions, an after-school program operated by the Children of the Dump, a non-profit organization helping the children living around the Puerto Vallarta dump get an education so they can have a better life.
Local Businesses Unite to Feed Vallarta's Children
Casas del Mar and Café Roma have joined forces to serve Vallarta's neediest children. Until the end of November, Casas del Mar will donate $200 pesos for each online vacation rental to the Children of the Dump, and Café Roma is facilitating the payments.
Children of the Dump Summer Newsletter
Summer news from the School of Champions, an after-school program operated by the Children of the Dump, a non-profit organization helping the children living around the Puerto Vallarta dump get an education so they can have a better life.
Actress Visits PV's Children of the Dump
While in Puerto Vallarta to host the 2008 Image Awards show, former UjENA pageant winner, Hollywood actress and entrepreneur, Kristina Hughes, took some time out of her busy schedule to visit the Children of the Dump's School of Champions.
School of Champions Summer Camp a Success
The last day of the School of Champions Summer Camp was held at the Sheraton, where clowns, prizes and great food wrapped up four weeks of fun for some of Puerto Vallarta's poorest children. BanderasNews videographer, Devon Allistone shows us the highlights.
Fall Teaching Opportunities Available at School of Champions
Local charity and after-school program School of Champions, operated by the Children of the Dump Vallarta, is currently hiring English, Computer and Math teachers for the 2008-2009 school year, which begins in September.
Treehouse Bar & Grill 3rd Anniversary
On Friday, July 25th, Treehouse Bar & Grill is celebrating their 3rd Anniversary by throwing a party to benefit Children of the Dump, a local charity that helps children living in the neighborhood that surrounds Puerto Vallarta's municipal dump.
Canadian Retiree Helps The Children Of the Dump
In January 2008, Judy Adams of Bay du Vin retired after 25 years as a social worker, but she was not ready to become an armchair traveler. She decided to become an international volunteer and was soon on her way to Mexico to teach English to a group of third- and fourth-graders.
Café Roma Partners with the School of Champions for Summer Camp
Robin Noelle - PVNN
Local charity and after-school program School of Champions, operated by the Children of the Dump wishes to publicly thank local businessman Sr. Fox, owner of Café Roma, pizzeria and pub, for his ongoing efforts to provide education and fun outings to some of Puerto Vallarta’s poorest children.
Gov't Offers Matching Fund Program to Children of the Dump
The Mexican government introduced a new grant program (VIVE) to approved charities which can meet the matching requirements. Children of the Dump, a Puerto Vallarta charity, has been offered the opportunity to receive funds under this program.
Vallarta School of Champions Summer Camp
This summer from July 14th through August 8th, Children of the Dump will open their School of Champions for a summer camp to 100 children who live in impoverished areas around the Puerto Vallarta city dump.
Children of the Dump Celebrates Ten Years of Helping the Children
Founded in 1998 as Feed the Children, the Children of the Dump project is celebrating ten years of helping the children living around the Vallarta dump get an education so they can have an opportunity for a better job and a better life.