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Manos de Amor

The association is a nonprofit organization that was born from the desire of a group of citizens of Bucerias to help the less fortunate, especially the children of Bahia de Banderas. It was formed on April 13, 2004.


     Our hope is to provide these children with food, clothing and shelter, ensure that they attend school and give them a safe haven for as long as necessary. Hopefully, when the home situation improves, they can return to their families or, in some cases, be placed in adoptive homes.


The main project of this group is to construct an orphanage/shelter in Bucerias. This will be the first in this area. The nearest in Nayarit is in Tepic and those in Puerto Vallarta have their own motives and needs to be addressed.

At this time there is nowhere for the children of the bay who are in need.  The children who will be housed in this Casa Hogar are not necessarily orphans. They are children whose parents are either unwilling or unable to care for them.


The origins of homeless children are rooted in the general issues of poverty and income distribution in Mexico. 

Donations help provide the funding necessary to give these ones a better chance!

Fundraising to build the Orphanage

February each year - Rhythm 'n Ribs held  in Bucerias. It is estimated that 1,500 people attend this event. One of the many wonderful things about these events in the plaza is that they are attended by the local Mexican people as well as visitors to the area. The event has raised good funds for this project. The assistance from the community has been wonderful. Members of the government of the Municipality of Bahia de Banderas have donated money to help local women to provide tamales. We had several hundred kilos of ribs, barbecued chicken wings, chili, posole, corn dogs, pastries, etc., all donated by the community of the Bahia. Raffle prizes are donated by restaurants and businesses of the area. Many original works of art are donated and sold via a silent auction. Entertainment is provided all night long and the many volunteers from the area, including visitors, help out in ticket booths, bars and food booths. This is a wonderful example of the community pulling together to help this worthy cause of building an orphanage/shelter for the needy children.

On an ongoing basis, ladies of Manos de Amor hold bazaars several times a month, Donated articles of clothing and household items are sold at very reasonable prices to the community and the proceeds go to support the shelter.

Altruism Festival which is held in May of each year - Food and drink are provided by local business. There is non-stop entertainment for 3 hours. Only 24 charities are recipients of the proceeds from this event. We hope to continue to be one of those.


If you would like to help out, donations to Manos de Amor can be made by paypal on their website.

Thanks for your help!