International Friendship Club
Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico
CHARITIES WE SERVE
(A sampling of recent IFC financial grant contributions)
- ALAS Escuela de Canto (WINGS School of Singing):IFC grants supports musical training, enhancing performances , and contributing to this safe, joyous haven for children to learn their self worth and develop their ability and desire to help others and the community.
- American School: Recent grants have offset costs for the purchase and distribution of books for pre-school and elementary age children in economically disadvantaged schools.
- Arroyos de Esperanza: IFC support for this active underserved community center funded nutritious meals and educational classes for children.
- Biblioteca Los Mangos: Our recent education grant to PV’s central library was used to develop and furnish an income generating coffee shop that attracts parents and patrons of the library.
- British American School: Supporting the “Me to We” program, students and teachers train school staffs to set up libraries, purchase of books and build cross-cultural friendships.
- Orquestra Escuela de PV: The Youth Orchestra introduces hundreds of local students to the beauty and discipline of learning and performing classical music. IFC grants help to purchase new instruments and grow the orchestra.
- SETAC Solidaridad: IFC donations pay for HIV education and counseling for prevention and living with HIV. Funds also provide informational brochures, and baby formula for HIV mothers.
- Vallarta Botanical Gardens: Support for educational student trips from low-income colonias and educational signs throughout the garden.
- Volcanes Education Project: IFC supports after school enrichment programs, English, Math, remedial reading and Computer Classes in this economically challenged community.
- Boca de Tomatlan: IFC grants support this area’s growing dental outreach program South of Vallarta, providing financial support for cleaning, treatment and dental education.
- Cleft Palate Program: A major service for over 30 years, the IFC partners with medical staff, local hospitals and community resources to fund an extensive “flagship” program that offers professional diagnosis, surgical treatment and restoration to hundreds of affected children.
- Dr. Luz Services: A specialist in cleft palate conditions, the IFC helps fund the services of Dr. Luz to provide follow up care for patients with free or minimal dental charges.
- Patrocinio Program: Individual IFC Members identify and sponsor costs of care for Mexican citizens with limited finances facing serious medical/dental challenges. “Each one helps one.”
- Casa Hogar Maximo Cornejo: Grants support many services for the children of Casa Hogar, many of whom come from diverse challenges such as abandonment, violence, abuse, family disintegration or extreme poverty, and indigent single mothers.
- Corazon de Niña: IFC supports this registered, not-for-profit organization (Mexico) providing a nurturing family environment for at-risk girls and boys of all ages from infants to age 23.
- Dives in Miseracordia: The association provides the less fortunate with the means for receiving food through a soup kitchen and a basic pantry, medical care (drugs, healing material, wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, canes and diapers), counseling and training workshops for work. All this in order that they can enjoy a better quality of life.
- Clinica Sta. Barbara de Rehabiltacion Vallarta: A family rehab center, IFC’s donations offset costs of treatment for individuals with little financial means to pay.
- Pasitos de Luz: IFC donates to this award winning treatment and daycare center for physically handicapped children founded to provide care and safety so parents can work.
- Salvation Army (Ejercico de Salvacion): IFC funding supports the Salvation Army’s rice and beans program and meals for families in financial need, as well as providing a building for use to gather and participate in organized sports and events.
- CANICA Ninos Con Cancer Asociacion Femenil Vallartense: CANICA is a non profit organization that provides support to children with cancer. They provide transportation and lodging for the children and their families to Guadalajara for treatment. They also educate the families on nutrition and how to deal with cancer.
- IFC Member Susan Davalos volunteers hundreds of hours travelling to charities and homes in outlying areas providing nutritious food and school supplies to families in need often not served by any other program or charity.
- IFC’s English classes are taught, free of charge, to about forty Mexican adults and children to help them learn and practice the language that is vital for good employment in the tourism industry in Puerto Vallarta.
The IFC is a registered charitable organization in Mexico serving the ex-pat community with educational seminars, speakers, Spanish lessons and a variety of social events, and other services. The IFC has a membership base of over 600.
Thanks to Home Tours, donations and membership fees, the IFC supports a growing list of more than 20 charities and programs with volunteer time and annual financial grants.
For information on joining the IFC and helping to support these charities, click on "membership" in the let column.
The International Friendship Club’s office and clubhouse
is located at Edificio Parian del Puente #13,
Calle Libertad at the corner with Miramar
in Colonia El Centro.
Telephone in Puerto Vallarta: 322-222-5466