PEACE Prepares for the Holidays

Becci Burchett - PEACE
November 6, 2011


Read below to see what PEACE (Protection, Education, Animals, Culture, Environment) accomplished this week and what is to come!

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

The PEACE truck goes back-roading into the heart of local communities to spay and neuter an average of 80 animals each and every week. The professional vets and support staff waste no time during their long days. They perform surgeries in donated space from local town leaders. Men, women, and children deliver their pets and pick them up at the end of the day. Some animals are healthy, while others are sick and starving. The clinics are intense. Volunteers have to keep up. This is not the vacation get-away activity most visitors are accustomed to doing.

This is the PEACE free, mobile animal clinic. If you are an animal lover, or want to see a different side of Mexico and participate in fast-paced, roll-up-your-sleeves volunteer project – the PEACE clinic is for you.

To volunteer, contact Not your thing, but still want to contribute? Consider sponsoring the sterilization of a dog or cat for $25 USD. It can change the life of an animal and prevent future suffering. Donate here.

Next week’s clinic will be in Mezcales. Bring a dog or cat to be spayed or neutered, Wednesday through Saturday beginning at 9.30 am. Upcoming Clinic Schedule:
November 9-12 - Mezcales
November 16-19 - La Peñita
November 23-26 - Bucerias
November 30-December 3 - Punta de Mita
December 7-10 - Huatulco
December 14-17 - Huatulco
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):

Our alternative school had a great time celebrating Day of the Dead this week! Local artist and PEACE volunteer, Alejandro Bautista designed an altar at the PEACE casa campesina headquarters and showed the kids how to construct it. Alejandro will continue working with the alternative school kids once a week doing volunteer circus workshops! The kids are so excited to learn about juggling, acrobatics, and painting. How fun!

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

This week, a group of elderly Work for Food participants helped a kindergarten in Punta de Mita make their Day of the Dead altars.  

The PEACE Work for Food program was designed for single mothers, the elderly and the unemployed. For two hours of community service work, individuals receive a bag of food which can feed ten people. PEACE has 100 people from four towns participating each week. Would you like to contribute to Healthy food+clean towns+empowered communities? PEACE needs your support! Thank you for donating here.

Gifts this Week:

Thank you to our newest corporate sponsors Riviera Partners, When in Phone, and Quality Peoples! If you would like to learn more about how to become a PEACE corporate sponsor and receive various event, web, and print publicity, contact

A huge thank you goes out to Sharon Weber from Villa Azul Celeste who sponsored 30 kids to attend our Race for Change next Sunday!!! More thank yous to Emily Thomas, Children Inspire Design, Gail Alfred, Eileen Devine, Suzanne Hone, Lunachia Jewelry, Frances Prochilo, Elaine Hojnacki, and Alisha Quinn who all donated $20 or more to sponsor a child! These funds will provide a fun day for disadvantaged kids while propelling PEACE programming.The kids from our alternative school have created a finish line made of paper shoes. Every shoe represents one child sponsored and features the donor who sponsored them. If you would like to sponsor a child for $20, donate here!

Other donations:

Joan Bennet donated surgical gloves for our animal clinic, and Charlotte Rempher donated $250 USD towards PEACE programming. Thank you so much for your support!

Your donations are essential to the success of our community programs! Join the PEACE team by donating here. Thank you!

Upcoming Events and Volunteer Opportunities:

PEACE Carrera - Race for PEACE! Join us next Sunday, November 13, for a family-fun day of races, contests, games, food and drink. Participants have the opportunity to run or peddle for PEACE in a variety of runs, walks and bike events. The first race kicks off at 8 a.m. at El Tigre Golf Course in Nuevo Vallarta at the athletic center. For more information about the event, visit the Carrera blog!

PEACE at Mega - Visit PEACE every second Saturday of the month from 10 – 2 at the Mega in Bucerias to donate a food item for our Work for Food program or adopt a pet. Contact Sue at for more information.

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.

PEACE (Protection, Education, Animals, Culture, Environment) is a nonprofit organization working in the Bay of Banderas and beyond to increase educational and economic opportunities through community development programs in the areas of education, environment, animal health, and economic development.

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