As you can imagine, teenage boys eat a lot! We welcome all food items (see list below). We have a big freezer so we are grateful for meat, chicken and fish anytime, as well as items like milk, eggs, beans, oil and rice.
Refugio Mazatlán has ongoing needs. If you would like to make donations, below is a list of suggestions. We greatly appreciate your generosity.
We welcome all food donations. Teenage boys eat a lot! The following items are always needed:
Meat – chicken, ground beef, pork, chorizo etc
Cheese, cream, butter, etc
Milk (entera, red box)
Beans - pinto
Fruit and vegetables
Laundry detergent (the powder kind)
Fabuloso, clorolex and other cleaning agents
Jumbo trash bags
Shampoo, soap and hair gel
Ibuprofen, panadol, over-the-counter cold meds, bandaids and other first-aid items
Sheets, pillows, towels
Twin sheet sets
Shoes, especially athletic/tennis shoes, flip flops and crocs. Most of the boys wear a US size 8, 9 or 10.
New underwear - always needed!
Uniforms and school shoes
Notebooks, pens, pencils, dry erase markers, etc
Supplies for arts and crafts, glue
Computers - desktop or laptop
Geometry sets and compasses
Cubetas of white paint
Kitchen items like spoons, forks, pots, pans
Office supplies (printer paper, folders, etc),
Toner for printer
Boogie boards and surf boards
Large shade cover for beach (not too heavy)
Beach toys (bats, balls etc)
Gym equipment (weights etc)
Basketballs, volleyballs, etc
Small soccer goals
Some of the boys need braces. We are looking for people to sponsor individual kids. The treatment (and cost) for each boy varies depending on his individual situation, but, at today's exchange rate, it is usually under USD600.00 per child for the entire process.
Sunday Lunch Program
Our cook, Celene, works hard to keep our 25 always-hungry teenagers fed. In order to give Celene an occasional rest we offer volunteer opportunities for those who might be able to help. We are seeking one volunteer (or group of volunteers) per Sunday to buy the groceries and prepare a lunchtime meal. Meals can be simple, but nutritious. The boys eat their main meal at lunchtime - 1:30pm. Mexican food is always enjoyed, but they also love just about anything else you might want to prepare. We can give you ideas if you need them. Please contact us () if you would like to sign up for one or some Sundays on the 2020/2021 calendar.
Cash donations are always welcome too
There are significant costs involved to cover staff salaries, utility bills, medical expenses, school fees, books, uniforms, sports, food, cleaning supplies, personal items etc. Everything helps! https://www.refugiomazatlan.org/donate
Part-time work teaches our boys responsibility and money management. If you own a business in Mazatlán and can provide weekend or part-time jobs for our boys you will find them to be conscientious, hard-working and reliable. Or you may need yard work or help around the home. Let us know!
Would you like to buy birthday gifts for the boys? Birthdays are very important in the Mexican culture and we can provide a list of dates and gift suggestions. The same applies for Christmas.
We would be most grateful if anyone would be interested in covering some of the day-to-day expenses, such as:
*Monthly electricity, water, or propane bills
*Sponsor the cost of a therapist or other staff member
*Assistance with medical expenses
Sponsor a Boy
We are looking for sponsors to cover the cost of tuition, uniforms and other education-related expenses. Please contact us if you might be interested in this opportunity to change a young man's life. We offer various levels of sponsorship and contributions can be made monthly, annually or on a one-time basis. https://www.refugiomazatlan.org/sponsor
Volunteers Needed (on HOLD during the pandemic)
Lunch program participants
Homework helpers/tutors (need to speak fluent Spanish)
Painting volunteers. It is most helpful if you can provide the paint.
Perhaps you would like to sponsor and take the boys for a special outing? To the movies? Baseball game? Bowling? Water Park? Beach? Fishing? If you would like to simply cover the costs of the excursion let us know and we will make the arrangements.
Building Project Wish List
Desks. We would love to have a desk for each boy. He would be able to store his books and it would enable him to be much more organized.
Kitchen renovation. Our kitchen is sorely in need of improvement. We would like to replace the old cabinets with durable, hygienic stainless steel fittings.
Benches for the dormitories. We recently received a generous donation to buy new beds for the boys. We would like to add some benches so that the boys can sit while getting dressed.
New laundry area. We would one day like to move our laundry room onto the roof. There is a large amount of unused space there, and it would also free up the patio area for playing basketball etc.
New windows, especially in the dormitories. Our current windows are polycarbonate and require a lot of maintenance particularly after storms. We would like new glass sliding windows.
Calle Rosales #1105. Col. Centro, Mazatlán
Spanish: 669 193 23 01
English: Mexico +52 669 146 41 73 or USA +1 (303)482-5698