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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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HealthCare Resources & New Life Mexico

Posted in Charity,New Life Mexico by Pam on August 22, 2011

As most of you know, one of the charities that I am very proud to participate in, is New Life Mexico ( The past nine years, New Life Mexico was focused on the Street Boys Center and did amazing things for these boys focusing on health and education. The Street Boys Center continues, successfully, under the direction of DIF (local social services) and New Life Mexico is taking a bit of a different direction at this time.

New Life Mexico is now moving their field work out in to the community to the areas where the children are the most vulnerable to drugs and crime. Beginning September 2011, they will be providing “Community Kids Clubs” known in Spanish as “Chidongongo”, one morning per week in six extremely low income “colonias”. These will address general issues with the children ranging from morals and values, communication, crafts, ecology and health issues. The clubs will operate from 9:30 am until to 12 noon, In addition, they will begin in October, once rainy season has come to an end as well as a “Community Sports Club”. This will begin as a basketball school which will be held twice per week in six colonias. The colonias have been selected as areas with a high number of working kids and kids at risk in danger of becoming the “next Street Kids”, gang members, drug dealers.

This will be an approximate total of 600 children participating.

For further, more detailed information on the work that New Life Mexico does, please contact Philippa Vernon-Powell ( She as well, can send you their most recent newsletter.


Big Los Mangos Fundraising Event Jan 28, 2011

Posted in Charity,Los Mangos Library by Pam on December 14, 2010

Every year, Biblioteca Los Mangos holds its biggest fundraiser of the year with the “Subasta” (auction). This year, the date is January 28, 2011!  This year promises to be the biggest and best ever as many worker bees behind the scene prepare.

There are numerous activities within this one big event so be sure and mark your calendars and plan to attend.

The art auction is vast with numerous paintings to be auctioned by auctioneer extraordinaire Gary Thompson of Galleria Pacifico and Maria Jose Zorilla (director of the Biblioteca). The silent auction and fixed price items are rolling in and are going to be fabulous! The raffle this year is going to be very different and so much fun! You will be an “instant winner” (doesn’t everyone love instant gratification?!).

Biblioteca Los Mangos (Library Los Mangos) is in dire straights at this time financially. Remember that this library is run entirely on donations and is not only a library but a true community center.

January 28, 2011 will not only be a chance to support the library, but as well, to purchase fine art and other items – from hotel stays to fine dining certificates.

We need you! Any types of prizes that you can donate and as well, if you can spare a few hours to assist in this event, either pre-event or during the event, it would be greatly appreciated! Please contact me for information!

Watch for more information in the weeks to come!

Happy Holidays from all of us at Los Mangos Library! (more…)

New Life Mexico Christmas Program

Posted in Charity by Pam on November 13, 2010

New Life Mexico, rehabilitation for abused children.

Imagine this. You are a young boy, living on the streets, doing whatever you can to get by. No home. No family. No warm bed to sleep in at night. You don’t know where your next meal will come from. No schooling and perhaps, you don’t even know when your birthday is. Life looks pretty darned bleak.

New Life Mexico is a registered British Charity created to work in conjunction with DIF (the local “social services” department here in Puerto Vallarta) as a safe haven for some of these boys.

Boys at the albergue (shelter) may not live at the Ritz, but it sure beats living on the streets. There is a bed to sleep in, food to quench the growling tummy, medicine if one is ill, and, in most cases, school to attend. The ages range from as small as six up to teens. Clothes and personal items are all donated from generous people with big hearts.

Once more, imagine you are a young boy and it is the holiday time. It has been years, if ever, that you have received a gift. The clothes that you wear are all donated, many used. Last year, we decided it was time that the boys received some gifts, no matter how small. New gifts.

A “wish list” was created by the field director together with the boys, which included Hot Wheels cars, key chains, yo-yo’s, playing cards, action figures and tennis shoes to name a few. The list was fulfilled by kind-hearted folks, and on Christmas Eve, the boys were able to open gifts! For most of us, the list appears fairly small-scale but in reality it was large-scale as each boy received their treasures.

As the holidays approach, we ask that you look inside your heart and participate in this very worthy project.

For the complete list of items needed and further information, please contact

Vallarta Steps Out for Los Mangos Library

Posted in Charity by Pam on June 29, 2010

Who says things are slow, and that there is not much going on in Vallarta at this time of year? Full proof that this is NOT the case was evident on Saturday, June 26th, when a large number of local residents and visitors stepped out to enjoy a fabulous FUNdraising event in support of Puerto Vallarta’s Public Library, Biblioteca Los Mangos.

The event venue was the stunning Villa Leonarda in Gringo Gulch. Owner Sergio Toleando and his staff worked and sweated out the entire day preparing the gorgeous garden area for the arrival of the guests. A separate room with a “tienda” was set up offering various goodies including clothing, jewelry, artwork and books at great prices. Comments of “Wow! Look what I bought!” were heard throughout the crowd.

A wide variety of food was available along with thirst-quenching beverages. Restaurants No Way Jose, Barcelona Tapas and Chilaquiles offered a wide variety of delectable items. The (more…)

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