About El Nogalito
El Nogalito is a small town located five miles south of Puerto Vallarta about a mile off the main highway to Boca de Tomatlan. There are approximately 150 homes there, with one primary school. Most of the families there are economically challenged and being far from town, are somewhat isolated.
Our organization strives to help those families and children by teaching English, organizing games, and encouraging activities at the Community Center. Our goal is to continue to improve the Community Center, bring awareness to the children and help improve their education and future opportunities
Community Center History
The kindergarten in El Nogalito, was unfortunately closed due to lack of students and the area has been neglected for over four years.
Now, we are cleaning up the space, giving it back to the children of the community. We offer English classes on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays (Bingo Fridays!) and hope to add volleyball and crafts on Tues and Thursday.
We have two pressing projects, the first to fix the slide that has rusted out. The second is to make the outdoor area more child friendly with repairing the neglected play equipment and adding a tetherball area. All ideas are welcomed along with volunteers to repair, replace and to add to. Any power tools that may be discarded will be gladly given a new home.
The Public School
The town’s school only goes to the 6th grade. There is one teacher for all the town’s students.
This year there are 16 students ranging from 1st grade to 6th. Most of the kids who go to this school are financially challenged.
The supplies the school consistently run out of are : cleaning supplies, stick glue, colored felt tip markers, water and toilet paper.
When the children of El Nogalito reach the age to go to secondary school, they need to use the bus system. Sometimes they use two and possibly up to four buses a day. We are offering a program of help to transport those children as they grow. That assistance would be to assist with bus fare, lunch cost, uniforms, school supplies and books as well as registration in the public school.
This year we were proud to have our first child in this new program pass her testing! A sponsor family has purchased the necessary items for her to move on to her “new” school, and she’s VERY excited at the opportunity to continue her education. We can’t wait to help more children do the same.
We’ll be starting the 2017-18 school year with a well needed microwave that is welcomed since ther e is no food services offered at the school
We are a team of residents, expats and visitors of Puerto Vallarta. We all love the area and it's warm and welcoming people.
As you may imagine, Mexico has some areas of very unfortunate poverty, and our group has banded together from all walks of life to help the children of El Nogalito learn English and further their educations.
We have volunteers in Puerto Vallarta that can pick up and distribute donations, we have others who handle the building and construction help on site in El Nogalito, and we even have seasonal visitors to Puerto Vallarta who love to help out part time too.
We welcome everyone to join us in this very worthwhile cause and invite you to drop us a line, we're always looking for people with all sorts of skills/backgrounds, that want to share some of their time and inspire the children of El Nogalito