Community Pride (Orgullo en la Comunidad)
How it works
Every day, men and women, single mothers, disabled, or unemployed individuals work in groups of five in each participating town: cleaning beaches, streets, riverbeds and completing numerous Action for Food projects in schools and public spaces. In exchange for their services, the participants receive a bag of food and household staples: e.g. rice, beans, cooking oil, toilet paper.
Mission – The Community Pride Action for Food program instills a sense of responsibility for environmental protection and community cleanliness through community beautification projects completed by volunteers.
Why – In the towns in which PEACE works, there is low environmental awareness, no outside recycling programs, trash-ridden public spaces, and a lack of community pride. PEACE is working to reverse these trends.
Formerly La Cruz, Bucerias, and Puerto Vallarta were also included, these towns are now supporting their own Work for Food and Recycling programs. e.g. La Cruz through Amigos de la Cruz at www.amigosdelacruz.com Contact Landon Hollander for more information about the La Cruz program.
The US and Canadian foundations will continue to support the work in other villages outside of Punta de Mita and Higuera Blanca. After making a donation, we will contact you to ask which program and village you are supporting.
For more information, contact: Ceci Paredes email@example.com
PEACE also works with students and volunteers participating in weekly trash pick-ups and community gardens.
"I started working with PEACE in 2007, a year after I arrived in Punta de Mita. I started by making products with the Manos Unidas artisan cooperative. I was the leader for the embroidery group. Now I am in charge of PEACE's Community Pride program, coordinating all of the recycling."
-Socorro Vazquez Montoya