Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - The PV community ROCKS! We had an incredible turnout for last weekend's fundraising street bazaar and the children, staff and volunteers at R.I.S.E. (Refugio Infantil Santa Esperanza) thank you!
These funds will help us pay operational costs and educate our children who, depending on their learning abilities and circumstances, are being educated in private schools with a few in public schools.
A little tidbit on our progress: We are now augmenting their English classes at school with volunteer-led English on the premises. We will be conducting English exercises after school for ages 6+ and continue our English program for nursery children ages 2-5.
The English nursery program has been in place for 3 years and was validated successful when one of our 4-year olds went to a private preschool and was evaluated at an age 10 level of English! Teaching English early works. We want to give these children the life skills necessary to succeed in the outside world.
February is going to be a fun month as we have planned two awesome events, so please mark your calendars for our upcoming fund raisers, you won't want to miss out:
International Food Festival at Fidencio's
Sunday, February 16 at 6:30 pm
The International Food Festival and Fundraiser at Fidencio's is a Puerto Vallarta tradition, giving everyone the opportunity to enjoy a great meal, live entertainment and a good time - for a good cause! There will be 4 Food Stations - Italian; German-Polish; Everything Station, featuring Garlic Shrimp; and a Dessert Station. A variety of entertainment will be provided, making this a great way to enjoy a lovely evening on Los Muertos Beach. Remember this is a "Food Festival Fundraiser" so get ready for a great time and be sure to bring your appetite - and your wallet! Tickets are $500 pesos and available at Fidencio's, Cassandra Shaw Jewelry on Basilio Badillo, at RISE or by emailing Lisa(at)risepv.com.
RISE for Fashion at Di Vino Dante
Monday, February 24 at 11:00 am
Don't miss the opportunity to add some pizzazz to your wardrobe and do a 'good thing' all at the same time. Join us for the annual Rise for Luncheon and Fashion show with Deja New at Di Vino Dante on Monday, February 24. Lunch and a mocktail will be served while you enjoy the Deja New fashion show! Don't forget to bring a piece of clothing to donate in exchange for a door prize! Tickets are $450 pesos and will soon be available at Galleria Dante and Cassandra Shaw Jewelry on Basilio Badillo; Deja New, Venustiano Carranza 450; at the RISE shelter, located at Ricardo Flores Magón #251 in Colonia Benito Juárez, or by sending an email to Lisa(at)risepv.com.
The Refugio Infantil Santa Esperanza is a non-profit shelter for babies and children under the age of 14. Some of these children are orphans but most come from unbearable situations having been abused, neglected, or simply abandoned. R.I.S.E. is a 501(c)3 charitable organization, EIN (52)2442583. All contributions are tax deductible. More information about the shelter and how you can help can be found at RisePV.com.