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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.