This Week at PEACE

Becci Burchett - PEACE
November 22, 2011

Mobile Class Students

Did you know that this year, PEACE (Protection, Education, Animals, Culture, Environment) will provide more than 190,000 hours of education, 52,000+ meals, 15,000 hours of community beautification work, and 4,000+ animal sterilizations? Pretty cool!

Every single week, PEACE is making an impact in towns throughout Nayarit and Jalisco. Read about PEACE progress this week below, and sign up for upcoming events and volunteer opportunities!

Programa de Ayuda a los Animales (Help the Animals Program):

Kids flock to every PEACE animal clinic, attracted to all of the pets. This provides a great opportunity to teach them a little more about the animals they love. PEACE has a mobile classroom which accompanies the spay and neuter clinic each week and offers  free workshops that focus on animal care, wildlife and protection of the environment. Each educational workshop lasts three days, during the same hours as the clinic.

Needed items for the PEACE mobile clinic include:
• 15 folding chairs
• 3-4 fold-up tables
• a large lona/tent (big enough for workshop space)
• water based paint (all colors) and cloth to paint on
• pencils and pens
• portable CD player
• small color printer
• construction paper and printing paper
• modeling clay
• disposable cameras                   

To contribute towards these items with an in-kind donation, please write or contribute monetarily by clicking here. Thank you for supporting these little global citizens!

Next week's clinic will be in Bucerias. Bring a dog or cat to be spayed or neutered, Wednesday through Saturday beginning at 9.30 am. Upcoming Clinic Schedule:

Bucerias - Wednesday, November 23, 2011 through Saturday, November 26, 2011
Punta de Mita - Wednesday, November 30, 2011 through Saturday, December 3, 2011
Huatulco - Wednesday, December 7, 2011 through Saturday, December 10, 2011

Huatulco -  Wednesday, December 14, 2011 through Saturday, December 17, 2011

For more information regarding the clinics or for directions, contact Poli at 322-134-0942 or Lalo at 322-141-1031.

Programa de Casa Comunidad (Community House Program):

The PEACE alternative school provides "at-risk" local children with the opportunity to complete elementary and middle school through INEA (Instituto Nacional para la Educacion de los Adultos.) Free academic classes and lunch take place from 9 AM to 3 PM Monday through Friday at PEACE headquarters in Punta de Mita. Participants in the alternative school do not attend public school for a variety of reasons including missing birth certificates, lack of funds, behavioral or transportation issues, or lack of interest on behalf of parents. A staff psychologist works with alternative school students on a group and individual basis using interactive activities to address some of the pressing needs of each student.

This week, PEACE started providing milk to the students when they first arrive at school. Some of the alternative school students only eat at PEACE, and haven't eaten since lunch the day before. If you'd like to provide milk for the children for a day, please donate $15 here.  This gift will kick-start their day and allow them to concentrate in class. Thank you for helping them grow and learn!

Programa de Orgullo en la Comunidad (Community Pride Program):

There were 260 items and 1,000 pesos collected at the Mega in Bucerias last Saturday! PEACE is at the Mega every second Saturday of the month from 10am – 2pm collecting donations for the Work for Food program, in which community members complete two hours of town beautification projects in exchange for 70 pesos of food.  The next PEACE table will be on Saturday, December 10th. Come donate food, adopt a pet, or show your support! Contact Sue at for more information.

Gifts this Week:

Two girls and their friends from California raised $250 USD and brought boxes of school supplies and sports equipment for the PEACE alternative school this week. The power of kids and their eagerness to help other kids from a different part of the world is such an inspiration!  

Thank you to all of the corporate sponsors from the successful PEACE Carrera event this week -  Riviera Partners, When in Phone, Quality Peoples, Audrey International, Vallarta Escapes, Mita Insurance, Naef Cuisine, Vera Bakery, Vallarta Adventures, Aqua Adventures, Pie in the Sky, El Tigre Golf, Rivera Cuale, LivePuntaMita, Casa Parota, Coco’s Kitchen, Stone Contractors, Punta Mita, Cinepolis, River Café, Luna Luna, Patio de mi Casa, Benitto’s, Julietta Ruiz, Healing Hands, Lakshimi Yoga, and Vallarta Expeditions!

If you would like to learn more about how to become a PEACE corporate sponsor and receive various event, web, and print publicity, contact

Thank you to Hill's Science Diet for their donation of 600 kilos of dog food, and Mare Hansen, a consistently generous PEACE animal clinic donor, who gave $1,000 this week which sterilized 40 cats and dogs.  Thank you for your incredible support!

Other donations:

Other donors this week include Dennis and Stacey Barsema, Joan Bennet, Steve and Andie Burchett, Jessie Hopwood, Norma Lopez, Patricia Neal, Mimi Quiroz, Eric Woodcheck Sandra Essex and Candy Magawan.

PEACE programs would not function without donor generosity! Join the PEACE team by donating here. Thank you!

Upcoming Events and Volunteer Opportunities:

Are you starting your Christmas shopping already? Make socially responsible purchases with one of these PEACE Friendly Businesses! With any of your photo purchases with Luis Mauricio Carrillo Garcia Photography, 20% is given to PEACE. By purchasing a tee shirt at Quality Peoples surf apparel you are allowing one child to attend the PEACE after school program for a day! That sounds like a good excuse to shop!

Events this week:

Home Tours: PEACE Home Tours will begin this Tuesday, November 22! The three-hour tour showcases four unique homes each week, from small, traditional style homes to graceful haciendas and breathtaking multi-million dollar oceanfront condos and villas. Funds from the PEACE Home tours directly support PEACE in the Puerto Vallarta area including the Rivera Cuale + PEACE community garden, the mobile classroom that accompanies the spay and neuter clinics, adult education classes, and the Work for Food program. View their website here for more information and to purchase tickets online!

Chili Cook-Off: Don’t miss the Bucerias Chili Cook-off this Friday the 25th 4-8pm. Tickets are only 10 pesos and support PEACE programs!

Beach Cleanup: PEACE volunteer beach cleanups take place every first and third Saturdays of the month. Meet in front of Oscar's Restaurant, where the Río Cuale empties into the bay.  Gloves and bags are provided. Contact if you wish to help. Time to roll up your sleeves, this is satisfying work!

Prepare a nutritious meal for our alternative school:  Feed ten students from the PEACE alternative school, Monday through Friday from 10:00 to 10:30 am. Food fuels the mind, and cooking for children is such an important way to express and receive love and a sense of community. Contact if you are interested in sitting around the table with these kids!

Visit PEACE s Casa Campesina in Punta de Mita: Contact if you’d like to take a tour of our headquarters. You will get a real sense of what it is that we do.

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