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New Life Mexico — Olympic-sized Pride & Gratitude

Posted in Charity,New Life Mexico by Pam on May 22, 2012

I could not summarize the information or put together the photographs as well as Jono Vernon Powell did with his blog post regarding his sister and New Life Mexico. Please do read through it because it is super!

I can only summarize about Philippa on this side of the world, here in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. (And this is the first time I have ever written about New Life Mexico and-or Philippa without her stamp of approval on it and going over the words with a fine-toothed comb) – so, this is a big risk I am taking here!

New Life Mexico and Philippa do not make loud noises here in the area. There are no giant fundraisers, ticket sales, gala functions with big ticket items. Diligent and consistent work goes on daily throughout the various colonias, whether it might be a session on hand-washing to increasing a young boys self-esteem by playing in a basketball tournament among a myriad of other activities that New Life Mexico sponsors. Touching a child’s life in a positive manner doesn’t really need big fanfare or hoopla. Philippa and her very small staff just DO IT.

Does that mean they have all necessary funds to run all of the programs? Certainly not! They (NLM) is a small, struggling charity on a continual search for sponsors but in “their” own way, following to the letter the rules of a British charity.

Philippa is probably my BFF but that doesn’t mean we always agree on everything. I am always floored when she makes a receipt for a donation of two pencils. But, as she has explained to me at least 500 times, “we are a British charity and this is required.” Every single tube of toothpaste, backpack, toothbrush, comb – anything and everything is receipted by her. The bookkeeping, record keeping and the like are absolutely beyond impeccable.

I sincerely believe that some of the local “charities” here could and should take a great lesson from the Brits in regards to how they run charitable organizations.

By being chosen to carry the Olympic torch in the UK, representing the connection between Mexico and England was something that, of course, was an extreme honor but as well, so very important, has brought attention and awareness to New Life Mexico, both here in Puerto Vallarta, in England and hopefully, beyond!

We tip our sombrero’s to Philippa, New Life Mexico, the New Life Mexico board of directors, Philippa’s family and friends in England! We are so very proud of you!

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  1. jcoake said,

    Thank you for sharing this information. We were not aware of New Life Mexico orPhillippa. It is wonderful to know there is an organization in Pureto Vallarta that is there to help the children. We live in Pureto Vallarta for eight or nine months a year and all we constantly hear about are charities to save the dogs (or other animals) but rarely anything on organizations helping people.

    • Irene Mckinley said,

      I agree with you that the press gives much more attention to the dogs and cats than they do the needy. Pam Thompson knows the needs and if you have the time, contact her next time you are in Puerto Vallarta.



  3. sandra cesca said,

    Nice article about Philippa….Pam any chance you could add Learn Vallarta or Learn Vallarta Walking Tours to your sidebar of Resources?

  4. Irene Mckinley said,

    Bravo, Philippa. I was so happy to get this email, You are an unsung hero that deserves the recognition and hopefully will bring much needed attention to New Life Mexico. Sorry I will not be there to welcome you home to Mexico. Best wishes, Irene

  5. Sandra said,

    I would love to add her to my Puerto Vallarta Charities page. Would it be possible you could write me some more information on Phillipa and New Life Mexico maybe a photo or video? You can contact me on my website go to the about me page.
    Thank You,

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