Friday, December 21, 2007

A tour of Quimixto and R.I.S.E.

Isa Mundo was given a tour of Quimixto, a small village near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico accessible only by boat. We were greeted by Dr. Jaime Boland who took us around the village and showed us two schools (kindergarten and elementary) – Jaime is definitely well known and loved by the community. The two schools house about 250 students from Quimixto and surrounding villages and are in need of school supplies to improve their education. Isa Mundo will be working with Jaime in the future to collect books, educational games and hopefully, a new playground for the children.

Jaime was gracious enough to show Isa Mundo the Refugio Infantil Santa Esperanza (RISE) – a shelter for babies, children and youth under the age of 15, in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The trip to RISE was fantastic and having the chance to meet and play with the children really showed the benefits of the tremendous support from the community, tourists and other non for profit organizations to make this shelter a safe home for the children. More importantly, RISE has many wonderful volunteers helping on a regular basis by playing with and teaching the children, feeding, cleaning, fundraising, etc.. and their contributions are vital to the daily operation of RISE. We are currently exploring different options with RISE board members as to how we can best help the children in the future.
To learn more about RISE, visit their website at