HOW TO DONATE...   updated April 2022

  1. You can donate to Poco a Poco via PayPal by clicking here or on the PayPal button.  You will be taken to the Go Fund Me page, which one of our committee members has just set up.  Let us know if you want your donation to go to a specific project. Thank you so much!
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2.  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 or call Kari at
     +52 333-820-4927, and we will arrange with you a convenient pick up
 time.  Please
     also provide your cell or phone #.
3.  If you would like a US tax receipt, you can donate to us via the Foundation for
    Lake Chapala Charities - click here to reach the page for information on how to
    do 
this.  (They use PayPal or you can send them a check, arrange a wire transfer or
    they w
ill pick up cash donations in the Ajijic/Chapala area.)
Note: If your donation is for more than $500 US, and you would like a US tax receipt, consider making a wire transfer directly to the Foundation of Lake Chapala Charities, as it will arrive much quicker.  (Check donations above $500 US can take a month or more to clear.)  
4.  If you want to make a bank transfer from outside Mexico directly to Poco a Poco, 
     please contact us so we can see the best way to do this. 

 
5.  If you want to make a bank transfer to us from within Mexico, please click here to
     email us, to see which is the best way to do this. 

 
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.

Because of the different Canadian tax laws, unfortunately we are unable to provide
Canadian tax receipts.  So if you are a Canadian, and want to donate, please use this GoFundMe page or contact us to discuss other other ways we might be able to receive your donation.

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Children lining up for food in La Peña

Right now (April 2022), our big focus is raising funds for medical expenses.  We are helping many families with essential, life saving medicines and services (hemodialysis, home dialysis supplies, anti-rejection drugs for renal transplant patients).  Normally these medicines and services would be provided by the public health system at a low cost for these impoverished families, but since covid, funds and public hospital staff are currently not available to provide these services. 

So we have been renting oxygen machines, and have purchased some, but these all need regular maintenance, and that is costly.  We have two being fixed right now, and more need to be done.  These machines are used by critically ill patients and since we have been renting them (since September 2021), they have definitely saved lives. 

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

 
The Kid's Kitchens, which are making such a difference to the children that attend, now provides breakfast to over 600 children, 5 days a week - in 5 locations!  Of course it costs a lot of money to do this.  (And we provide food to around 34 other people who are not able to afford food for themselves (because of age or infirmity)).
 
​We are so grateful to Lakeside Foodbank, who pay for most of the food.  But their contribution doesn't cover all the expenses involved with this essential program.  For instance, we pay small stipends to the cooks and helpers, who start work at 5:00 am in the morning.  There are expenses to pay for the truck to move the food from where it's cooked to where it's being served and of course the cost of delivery and purchase of food from the most inexpensive sources.  Any help you can provide would be most appreciated!

And we also need:

-  Financial help so we can
build the community center on some land we are
   currently
 purchasing;
-  Financial support to keep our truck running and getting serviced.  The roads are
   rough and steep in some areas, so it's rough on any car.  Our truck (thanks to
   Ravi), is more rugged than our old one, but it's essential for - delivering
   despensas to the villages, and taking people for medical help.
-  Financial support to pay for the office expenses for WiFi (so students can do
   their homework), electric bills, gas and electric for cooking, and for purchasing
   clean drinking water.  (The internet is also used for the ESL Zoom classes.) 
-  Water for renal patients - we provide over 70 families with large fresh drinking
   water bottles each week.  It is essential for their health that they drink lots of
   water to flush their kidneys.
-  Ongoing costs of growing plants from seed and developing home
    gardening projects;
-  Our Literacy Program (for adults and youth) now also teaching high school classes;
 Help to enlarge the local library (with Spanish books);
The ongoing costs of supplies used for First Aid (First Response) at our medical
   office;
-  Support for jewelry, sewing, hairdressing, m
usic, knitting, cooking or other
   programs to provide women and children new skills; 
-  Ongoing projects that give people in these areas ways to make a living, with pride.