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HOW TO DONATE...   updated April 2024

If you would like a US tax receipt, you can donate to us via the Foundation for Lake Chapala Charities - click here to reach their donation page for information on how to do this. 

They use PayPal so if you wish you can make regular donations to us (that is wonderful!) 

Or you can send them a check (maximum $250 US each cheque) or arrange a wire transfer.  Cash donations can also be picked up in the 
Ajijic/Chapala area - and we can help with that.

Because of the different Canadian tax laws, donations can be sent (for Poco a Poco) to a Canadian Rotary Club in Winnipeg West and they will issue you with a Canadian tax receipt.
The instructions are in this document which you will have to fill in and send to Rotary.  (Then they will forward to monies to Chapala Sunrise Rotary here in Ajijic, and they in turn will give Poco a Poco the funds.)  But please copy us on your correspondence so that we can also track your donation.  Thank you so much Rotary!  

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If you don't need a tax receipt, and you want to donate via wire transfer to Poco a Poco, just contact us and we can help with this.  (As we are soon becoming a Mexican registered charity, we will be changing and updating this information in mid 2024).  
If you are in the Chapala/Ajijic area and would like to donate in cash, (sometimes this is a lot easier for us!) please contact us at this e-mail link, and we will arrange with you for a convenient pick up place/time.  Please also provide your cell or phone #.
If you want to make a bank transfer to us from within Mexico, please click here to email us. In 2024 we hope to finally become an official Mexican charity so we will be opening a new bank account at that time.  Until then, just contact us and we will find the best solution in the meantime that works for you.
As mentioned above, the new bank account information is not available yet.  But if you want to make a bank transfer from outside Mexico directly to Poco a Poco, please contact us so we find the best way for you to do this. 
Note:  Since March 2023, if your donation via the Foundation for Lake Chapala Charities is for more than $250 US, and you would like a US tax receipt, please only use the wire transfer method directly to the Foundation for Lake Chapala Charities, as it will arrive much quicker.  (All check donations above $250 US take months to clear and incur high bank charges at our end.) 
If you have a preference of where your donation is to be used, please let us know via email, so that we can respect your wishes.
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  • One of our biggest challenges is raising funds for medical expenses.  We are helping many families with essential, life saving medicines and services (hemodialysis and anti-rejection drugs for renal transplant patients).  We also pay IMSS (Mexican health insurance) for a number of people so that they can get on the IMSS procotol program for renal patients.  Then their medicines and eventually their transplant will be paid for.

        (Since covid, the public health system is not able to provide these services at low cost.) 

Of course there are other programs that need your support too! 

  • If you want to support the Poco a Poco Childrens' Dining Room that Anita is now running at the new community center, we would love your help!  Regular donations to pay for food.  But perhaps you would be willing to:
    -  Donate 12 eggs on a r
    egular basis? 
       -  Or beans and rice?
      -  Or meat bones and vegetables for a healthy soup?
       -  Or fresh fruit and vegetables for the children?​
We need to provide nutritious food for these children, which includes protein, fresh vegetables and fruit, as well as water-based drinks.

We also need:

- Find a financial sponsor to pay Anita's salary.  She doesn't just work with Poco a Poco, and is essential to other organizations a well,
   so they can provide help. But they all need lists completed, information that Anita and her team have to collect.  
   Anita is currently working with over 30 organizations (April 2024)!
-  Financial help so we can continue to build the community center on the land we have purchased;
-  Financial support to keep our truck running and getting it serviced.  Our truck (thanks to 
Ravi), is more rugged than
   our old one, but it still needs regular maintenance.  In 2022 we paid 20,000 pesos for new tires, and another
   10,000 pesos for essential repairs;

-  Financial support to pay for the office expenses for WiFi (so students can do their homework), electric bills, gas and
   electric for cooking;

-  Clean drinking water for the Childrens' Dining room at Anita's house, as well as refilling the water cistern which is used for
   cooking, cleaning, and washing hands;

-  The ongoing costs of supplies used for First Aid (First Response) at our medical offices;
-  Ongoing projects that give people in these areas ways to make a living, with pride.
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