MANOS DE AMOR POR BAHIA, A.C.
association is a nonprofit 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.
project of this group is to construct an orphanage/shelter in Bucerias.
This will be the first in this area. The nearest in Nayarit is in Tepic
and those in Puerto Vallarta have their own motives and needs to be
addressed. At this time there is nowhere for the children of the bay
who are in need.
who will be housed in this Casa Hogar are not necessarily orphans.
They are children whose parents are either unwilling or unable to care
for them. Recently, three children were brought to the house by
DIF (the Mexican counterpart of Family Services). The neighbors
had reported the mother for child abuse. The children were 3, 5
and 7 years old. The mother would tie the oldest two to
their chairs while she went to work. The baby brought them food
and drink during the day. We had these three for six weeks, until
an uncle took them into his home. He had not been aware of the
conditions in the family home. This is are not isolated case.
Often an older sibling, a young teenager, is attempting to care for the
younger children because the father and mother have died or have
abandoned them. In times past,
the family would take these children but in Mexico, as in the United
States and Canada, families have scattered across the country. The
older family may still live in Mexico City and the younger ones have
moved to this area to work. So, the family is not here to help even if
they are able. Our hope is to
provide these children with food, clothing and shelter, ensure that they
attend school and give them a safe haven for as long as necessary.
Hopefully, when the home situation improves, they can return to their
families or, in some cases, be placed in adoptive homes.
Ground was broken for the
orphanage on January
24, 2008. The construction is expected to be completed in early
June, 2009. Recently, an "angel" came into our lives in the
form of Guadalupe Dipp. Lupe is an architect and well know local
philanthropist. When she learned that we were running out of
money, she volunteered to match the donations we receive and to complete
the construction of the orphanage. With her construction crews and
her knowledge, construction is progressing rapidly. She is
also working to get our "donee" status in Mexico which would make all
donations tax deductible.
have recently met with the local Rotary club who, in partnership with a
Rotary Club in Invermeer, Canada, and Rotary International, are planning
to fund the purchase of our kitchen and laundry equipment for the new
home. We are almost there!!!