VISION OF THE MISSION AS WE MOVE FORWARD

The vision of the mission is to move forward assisting the families and empowering them on their journey to achieve independence and self sufficiency with our primary focus being on EDUCATION AND MEDICAL ASSISTANCE.

The ultimate goal is to prepare them and then provide improved living conditions with a housing project. We are working to provide them with the life skills and tools to become home owners and valuable contributors to society.

In 2007, thirty children were assisted into school. In 2008, one hundred and fifty children were assisted and in 2009 over two hundred attend school through this program. EDUCATION IS THE KEY TO ENDING THIS CYCLE OF DEPENDENCY ON THE CITY DUMP.

We must continue to focus on the following areas

  • PHYSICAL - Every child and their family has the basic human right to receive sustenance
  • EDUCATION - Hope for the future, Sponsorship program to assist all children
  • MEDICAL - Concentration is difficult if health is not good
  • EMOTIONAL and SPIRITUAL WELL BEING - To create sport events, activities, visits to Paradise Village Resort, to plant a seed of hope for a better future for the children.
  • HOUSING/REPAIRS - Without proper sleeping areas, cooking facilities, it is difficult to concentrate and learn.

PHYSICAL SUPPORT

Breakfast Program

BREAKFAST PROGRAM

Along Hope Road, at the base of the city dump, 90 to 100 children receive nutritious breakfasts Monday through Friday.

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Lunch Program

LUNCH PROGRAM

Currently there are anywhere from 90 to 150 children that come for lunch Monday to Friday on a daily basis.

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Food Bank

FOOD BANK

With the involvement of SAM’S CLUB & WALMART donating food items twice weekly, the mission has been able to stock the food bank shelves with a variety of interesting items.

The food bank stocks the basic staples for a nutritious diet.

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Co-Op Store

CO-OP STORE

In September of 2009, the mission also added in a small Co-Operative Store. This program was developed as a step towards creating self sufficiency for the families in the mission.

The Co-Op Store offers more "luxury" items.

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EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT

Daycare

DAYCARE PROGRAM

The daycare provides a safe and nurturing environment for the young children while their mothers are at work. There is no cost to the mothers for this service. Approximately 20-30 children attend daily.

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PreSchool

PRE-SCHOOL PROGRAM

The Pre-School program prepares 3-4yr olds to attend Kindergarten and is taught by a professional teacher who also teaches Kindergarten in the public school system. Approximately 10-12 children currently attend these classes Monday through Friday.

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Computer Class

COMPUTER CLASS

In November 2009 we started a computer class.

This will help the children when attending school and to develop more skills for today's world.

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English Class

ENGLISH CLASS

In November 2009 we introduced English classes. Learning phrases and questions that will assist them in social settings as well as their possible career choices is the goal.

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School Sponsorships

SCHOOL SPONSORSHIPS

Since November 2006, Families at the Dump has been obtaining personal sponsorship for each child of school age in the mission.

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Scholarships

SCHOLARSHIPS

Families at the Dump volunteers work directly with the local schools and provides incentives to the moms as well as the children (based on attendance & grades) to assure that the children stay in school.

We are implementing a Scholarship program for secondary and post-secondary education opportunities.

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Adult Education

ADULT EDUCATION

Families at the Dump provided classes in January 2008 until April 2009 at its Community Of Hope Center in English. As well we provided Job Training in our Lunch Program and Daycare.

As a result of this program 5 moms are out working in the Puerto Vallarta workforce. As well 2 teen boys are working the Sunset Market and Paradise Village.

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MEDICAL SUPPORT

Medical Assistance

MEDICAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Families at the Dump provides basic medical care and emergency assistance to the registered recyclers and their families and the mission currently works with medical clinics and hospitals for referrals.

Families at the Dump provides Diagnotic tests, Prescription medication, Immunization for children, Tetanus shots for all registered recyclers workers and Emergency care. More...

EMOTIONAL & SPIRITUAL SUPPORT

Community Activities

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

Evening programs at the Community Centre were implemented. Outings were organized for the adults to show them different opportunities they can have.

Through the micro-loans program, many of the families are starting to generate income by means of home-based businesses.

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Youth Activities

YOUTH ACTIVITIES

Three evenings a week, the center was opened and activities were provided for the children. This included the formation of soccer teams and tournaments were organized for them at the beach of Paradise Village Resort. Music and Dancing lessons were also organized to teach them their local cultural tradition music and dances.

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HOUSING DEVELOPMENT

Housing

HOUSING

Bedding, stoves, beds and assistance with housing repair were provided to the families since 2007.

The families are moving towards total self-sufficiency and independence in the future and preparing to move into the new housing development that is currently in the final planning stages.

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