To assist poor and disadvantaged families in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to obtain affordable housing, medical and dental care and to further their educational and employment prospects.
About Compassionet Impact Development Canada
Building hope and better lives with the poor and disadvantaged in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
Away from the resort beaches, Compassionet Impact Development Canada works alongside local partners with impoverished families in Puerto Vallarta to help them achieve decent affordable housing, access dental and medical care, pursue education and improve their lives.
Volunteers share the work with local Mexicans as builders, health professionals, teachers and tutors; a different kind of vacation in the sun and one that creates memories and transforms lives.
Dry, safe, healthy homes: Tourist development has driven up land prices even on the outskirts of Puerto Vallarta. Many working families squat on their land as they make payments for years before they become land owners and can begin to build a proper home. In the meantime, they survive in wood and tarpaper shacks and lean-to shelters that are hot in summer, wet in the rainy season and a haven for snakes, scorpions and bugs.
Moving from a cardboard and tarpaper shack to a real house transforms lives forever. Children are healthier and can stay in school while having a place to study, and parents are less stressed and are blessed with dignity and renewed hope. A simple concrete block house costs about $20,000 but results in an immeasurable change for families and future generations.
The home building program is core to the work of Compassionet Impact Development Canada. Once families have a safe, decent place to live they have the energy to improve their lives in many other ways. CIDC is often part of what happens next and works with the families to assess their priorities.
Education breaks the cycle of poverty that holds many Mexicans captive. CIDC volunteers teach English classes, tutor students and provide financial support to help children stay in school.
Scholarship Program: Finding the money to pay for post secondary education is not an option for many families. CIDC matches donors with young adults 15 years and older who want to go to school. Currently, CIDC donors are sponsoring seven students to pursue their education and break the cycle of poverty.
Community Development - Health and Wellness: Many people in these neighbourhoods do not have access to affordable health and dental care. The need is great, especially among children and elders. In 2017, CIDC supported the building and establishing of a free dental and medical clinic in Colonia Progresso. Our ongoing support enables the patients to access services free of charge.
In Spring of 2018 fifteen women showed up for the first Women's Circle. All the women needed to make a little extra money for food. Sewing Machines were donated and they learned how to upcycle clothing to sell in the local markets. Baking classes began to produce muffins and cakes to sell too, as well as handcrafted blankets for cold nights. The goal is to create a women's co-op, to build skills, learn about business and support each other in community.
Micro Enterprise: Mexico is still very much a society of small entrepreneurs; the corner shop ‘tiendita’, the local garage and tire shop, a welder’s workshop, a food stall, the hair salon, a local laundry and so many more family businesses make up the micro economy of the neighbourhoods. Compassionet Impact Development Canada extends microloans and grants because so little is needed to make a big change and help someone to start a small business, buy tools or equipment, buy the first inventory for a little store, make that initial investment to begin a new venture.
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What People Are Saying
"The challenges facing the poorest in Puerto Vallarta are astonishing, but so is their resilience and their dignity. I am a Spanish speaker and occasional translator and so I have had the privilege of hearing their stories. I know how transformative CIDC projects have been in their lives."
— Dr. Jennifer Levine, Toronto
"" Our experience volunteering with CIDC was life changing. We felt connected to the people through compassion in action!" "
— Dr. Kristen Jones and John Buonofiglio, Thunder Bay
"My eyes have witnessed the restoration of human life through CIDC and their building program. Many generations to come will certainly be impacted."
— Glen Schau, Rossland, B.C.
"Helping Jorge with financial support and encouragement enables him to pursue his University schooling. Eventually he will be self-sustaining, enjoy a better quality of life for himself and his future family, and in time become a contributor to the economy of his country". "
— Janice Henderson, Thunder Bay
"Jose volunteered on the home construction for a family. Later, we did an evaluation of the building program. The families were so grateful. They have a home that provides safety and a better quality of life for their families. The experience was so enriching to see the results of CICD's work."
— Maria Isabel and Jose Rodolfo Albizurez, Thunder Bay
" There seems no way out of poverty. Some families no fresh water or electricity in their cardboard huts. It gives great pleasure to me and other volunteers when we see their faces as their homes are being built. Those who have donated to CIDC should be very proud of the work that is being done."
— Bryan Warras, Detroit
""We have seen the gratitude of families when CIDC provides them a safe, dry place to live.""
— Ann Juaire, Minnesota