MANOS DE AMOR POR BAHIA, A.C.
Our association is a non-profit organization that was born from the
desire of a group of citizens of
Bucerias to help the less fortunate,
especially the children of Bahia de Banderas.
It was formed on April 13,
2004. The mission
of Manos de Amor is to provide love, compassion and
through proper education, each child can heal, develop self esteem and
understand the true values of life and society. To encourage each child
to achieve their full potential while understanding that there is
nothing more empowering than the feeling of having a purpose in life.
Therefore helping our society to progress and prosper in the next
generations to come.
Conchita, Valiene and Veronica - The Dream.
There is always some kind of
heartwarming story to tell, especially on how Manos de Amor began.
It's a short story but an important one, on how three strong and
determined women made a dream a reality...
Valiene was working with Veronica
on a "Feed the Children" project. Valiene would go into Puerto Vallarta
on Sundays to the Los Pelicanos Resort and pick up food that they had
saved in the walk-in refrigerator throughout the week. Then, Veronica
and Valiene would take the food in the arroyo in Bucerias to some of the
poorer colonias to distribute the food to the children. After a couple
of years of doing that, they both decided it was time to stop, but not
for selfish reasons.
Shortly after, Valiene then
joined the Mujeres Unidas por Bahia de
Banderas (United Women for Banderas Bay) where Veronica was
the President. After her presidency ended, Veronica, Conchita and some
other women wanted to build an orphanage. So being very determined they
went to Valiene's house and asked if she would help them build an
orphanage. That was sometime in mid 2004. Of course she said yes and
the following February 2005, the very first Rhythm 'n Ribs event took
place to start raising money for the construction of the house. The
rest is, as they say, history.
Conchita is a kind soul, always
smiling and never complains. Veronica has known Conchita for 12 years
and accepted to become the President of Manos de Amor and stayed on as
she said she would until the construction of the casa hogar was
completed. She also cooked and cleaned but most of all showed love and
compassion to each and every child who came to our casa hogar. She
worked hard and stayed on to help Manos de Amor until 2010. Though she
is no longer working at the house, she has moved to be with her family
and to this day still remains friends with Veronica and Valiene, and is
always welcome back.
As for Veronica who started as the secretary, she is
now the President of Manos de Amor. She too is a woman who wears many
hats. She has a way about her and makes each and every child feel safe
and welcome. Even though schooling is the #1 priority for all of the
children, “Mommy Vero” definitely knows when the appropriate times are
to have fun, and hugs are always allowed. Being
mother herself, she has on numerous occasions, had
her son Hugo and daughter Veronica help is some way during fund raising
events. They are wonderful young adults... smart and polite and the
children love to be around them.
As we come into our 8th year as an
orphanage, Valiene and Conchita will always be a part of our casa hogar
and so from the entire staff of Manos de Amor, we would also like to
thank everyone involved from the start as there have been so many
important and dedicated people helping throughout the years. As our
community of Bucerias grows, so does our house. Starting with only
three to eight children in our first couple of years, we now can house
up to 32 children. We feel blessed to have made so many great friends,
Welcome to Manos de Amor Por Bahia, A.C. Casa Hogar