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Old 03-17-2016   #1 (permalink)
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I am asking for help and advice I would like to start a community afford to help the poor in Mexico I would like to have a soup kitchen in playa and a homeless shelter and community center I believe this would be first in Mexico if you know of places like this in Mexico pleases let me know all the robberies due to hungry and lack of money and poverty let change playa together
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I am asking for help and advice I would like to start a community afford to help the poor in Mexico I would like to have a soup kitchen in playa and a homeless shelter and community center I believe this would be first in Mexico if you know of places like this in Mexico pleases let me know all the robberies due to hungry and lack of money and poverty let change playa together
The robberies are due to thugs - not hunger.
Where are you from?
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I am from America I am here in Mexico that's what you wont to belive but I know my statement is true where are you from you call them thugs I call them people they are looking for help but cant fine it so are you going to help me help the Mexican community think about it we come and enjoy there country and lay on there beaches they are in need of food money cloths shelter why would they take if they already have
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I am from America I am here in Mexico that's what you wont to belive but I know my statement is true where are you from you call them thugs I call them people they are looking for help but cant fine it so are you going to help me help the Mexican community think about it we come and enjoy there country and lay on there beaches they are in need of food money cloths shelter why would they take if they already have
I live in Playa.
Nine years.
They are thugs.
They are not looking for help. They are looking to take advantage of unsuspecting people and steal their stuff.
And please, please use periods.

There is a soup kitchen here.
Other expats tried to start another one without success.
The bureaucracy here can be overwhelming.
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I like that you are looking for a way to contribute to the community! I think the most important thing is to understand the need here. First, I am assuming you are fluent in Spanish or have a very strong command of the language? Perhaps speaking with DIF, which is the governmental organization that assists women and children, would be a good place to start. Additionally, perhaps reaching out to other human welfare organizations like KKIS <Keep Kids in School>. Their organization is made up of foreign residents, mostly from the US and Canada, I believe. They may able to get you pointed in the right direction.
In terms of what will stop the robberies? Well, that is a very long and complicated process to curb and eliminate crime and starts with the education system within Mexico. Providing a food pantry (there is at least one in town already that is run by DIF) is a way to immediately assist those in need but it isn't a way to eliminate crime. Education and a strong, healthy economy with opportunities for all social classes is the only way to curb crime, in my humble opinion.
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Very well said a community center would be great. What is the name of the soup kitchen.
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Very well said a community center would be great. What is the name of the soup kitchen.
There are multiple community centers.
I don't know if the soup kitchen has a name. It's somewhere in the Ejido.
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I like that you are looking for a way to contribute to the community! I think the most important thing is to understand the need here. First, I am assuming you are fluent in Spanish or have a very strong command of the language? Perhaps speaking with DIF, which is the governmental organization that assists women and children, would be a good place to start. Additionally, perhaps reaching out to other human welfare organizations like KKIS <Keep Kids in School>. Their organization is made up of foreign residents, mostly from the US and Canada, I believe. They may able to get you pointed in the right direction.
In terms of what will stop the robberies? Well, that is a very long and complicated process to curb and eliminate crime and starts with the education system within Mexico. Providing a food pantry (there is at least one in town already that is run by DIF) is a way to immediately assist those in need but it isn't a way to eliminate crime. Education and a strong, healthy economy with opportunities for all social classes is the only way to curb crime, in my humble opinion.
Nice post u2g. Is Russell still associated with KKIS? If not, who? Thanks!
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Nice post u2g. Is Russell still associated with KKIS? If not, who? Thanks!
I am not sure, but they have a website where they have a contact us section. I know Gail is still involved, as is Kelly Caldwell.

As far as the name of the food banks, the two that I know of are run by DIF. There is one on 45 and 18? Or 16? Behind the Burger King that is on the highway.

The other one is in the Ejido, fairly close to the highway - maybe a block back and between Constituyentes and Juarez but the street number escapes me. I will try to remember to look when I ride by it tomorrow on my bike.

Also, consider getting in touch with the Seaside Rotary Club. They do a lot of fundraising and work for local charities that support low income families. Teaming up with another organization who has been around the block is probably the best way to approach this, instead of reinventing the wheel.
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I am not sure, but they have a website where they have a contact us section. I know Gail is still involved, as is Kelly Caldwell.

As far as the name of the food banks, the two that I know of are run by DIF. There is one on 45 and 18? Or 16? Behind the Burger King that is on the highway.

The other one is in the Ejido, fairly close to the highway - maybe a block back and between Constituyentes and Juarez but the street number escapes me. I will try to remember to look when I ride by it tomorrow on my bike.

Also, consider getting in touch with the Seaside Rotary Club. They do a lot of fundraising and work for local charities that support low income families. Teaming up with another organization who has been around the block is probably the best way to approach this, instead of reinventing the wheel.
The front of Burger King on the highway is on calle 14 bis, the back is on calle 16 - are you referring to the building on the NE corner of 45 and 18, directly opposite - to the east - of the SE corner of the water company 'AguaKun'? ('The SE corner of AguaKun' is same as 'the NW corner of 45 and 18' - Yeah, I know it sounds weird, but, after you think about it, it's not as weird as saying 'the NE corner of 45 and 18, directly opposite - to the east - of the NW corner of 45 and 18.')

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The front of Burger King on the highway is on calle 14 bis, the back is on calle 16 - are you referring to the building on the NE corner of 45 and 18, directly opposite - to the east - of the SE corner of the water company 'AguaKun'? ('The SE corner of AguaKun' is same as 'the NW corner of 45 and 18' - Yeah, I know it sounds weird, but, after you think about it, it's not as weird as saying 'the NE corner of 45 and 18, directly opposite - to the east - of the NW corner of 45 and 18.')
Yes, that one. I believe it's a food bank? Or they at least distribute on certain occasions.
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Thank you! That's good to know that they do have some kind of support there in playa but we need a much broader effort to help the Mexican community. I am seeking numerous ways to build this community please let me know ideas you have for this community.
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Thank you! That's good to know that they do have some kind of support there in playa but we need a much broader effort to help the Mexican community. I am seeking numerous ways to build this community please let me know ideas you have for this community.
What does the community need? Well, you name it and the community here needs it. These are my observations from volunteering within the community (I help a friend who has a small animal welfare organization and we are regularly in the poorest neighborhoods) and my personal experiences with close Mexican friends:

Affordable housing with basics (running hot & cold water in all faucets, flushing toilets, appropriate protection from elements - functioning roof, Windows with screens, secure doors)

Education support - an extensive, easily accessible & free - Spanish speaking mentors with experience in math, sciences, literature, etc.

Health Progams - including healthy eating programs that include access to locally grown, organic fruits and vegetables. Perhaps community gardens. Healthy baby programs, support for new moms, prenatal care, education, and the list goes on.

Community Cleanups - Playa has become one huge garbage dump. It is disgusting and shameful. A community cleanup will help build pride & accountability in each neighborhood (I am not talking about tourist areas, I mean Guadalupana, Las Palmas, Bella Vista, Colosio, Villamar, Nueva Creacion, etc, etc, etc)

These are just a few things that I can think of.


And the food bank I mentioned in the Ejido is on Calle 18 near Avenida 60 Pointe.
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What does the community need? Well, you name it and the community here needs it. These are my observations from volunteering within the community (I help a friend who has a small animal welfare organization and we are regularly in the poorest neighborhoods) and my personal experiences with close Mexican friends:

Affordable housing with basics (running hot & cold water in all faucets, flushing toilets, appropriate protection from elements - functioning roof, Windows with screens, secure doors)

Education support - an extensive, easily accessible & free - Spanish speaking mentors with experience in math, sciences, literature, etc.

Health Progams - including healthy eating programs that include access to locally grown, organic fruits and vegetables. Perhaps community gardens. Healthy baby programs, support for new moms, prenatal care, education, and the list goes on.

Community Cleanups - Playa has become one huge garbage dump. It is disgusting and shameful. A community cleanup will help build pride & accountability in each neighborhood (I am not talking about tourist areas, I mean Guadalupana, Las Palmas, Bella Vista, Colosio, Villamar, Nueva Creacion, etc, etc, etc)

These are just a few things that I can think of.


And the food bank I mentioned in the Ejido is on Calle 18 near Avenida 60 Pointe.
sounds about right.
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Old 03-18-2016   #15 (permalink)
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I like the way you feel about this community. I agree with everything you said, I would like to have a community mentor center to teach our youth with Spanish, English teachers.Low income homes or shelters for family or single persons. Yes! fresh grown food to feed the poor familes in the community and grow a big organic garden for neighborhood. I am all into this lets get it started it very well needed.Where two or three gathered together the change will come.
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