The Vallarta Abuelos was founded in December of 2018 when we learned that ‘Santa’ wouldn’t be visiting many of our little neighbors. “My mother told me that all we can expect for Christmas this year is a cake. No gifts or new clothes” said ten-year old Victor dejectedly. Like many other children on our community, Victor lives with his single-mom and plays on the street while she is at work cleaning hotel rooms.
Since 2018, Vallarta Abuelos has developed a educational program that serves 800 children in Col. 5 de Diciembre and adjacent neighborhoods. These children receive Christmas gifts, bikes, plus school bags and supplies.
Selected children are sponsored by an expat ‘abuelo’ or ‘abuela’ who meets special needs and covers educational expenses. Currently, twelve outstanding teens participate in a year-long scholarship program that develops leadership and job skills.
Our ‘Safe House’ offers a safe alternative for the streets, where for children can study, play, eat, watch tv, and hang out.
During the 2020 CoronaVirus pandemic, the Vallarta Abuelos organized and distributed generous bags of food that contained staples, meat, fresh vegetables, milk and eggs to 7,000 people.
The Vallarta Abuelos was created under the auspices of DFW International Community Alliance, a US 501c3 nonprofit organization. All donations are tax-deductible and receipts will be provided upon request.