The new school year has started! 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. 

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

  • Fish

  • Cheese, cream, butter, etc

  • Milk 

  • Beans - pinto

  • Rice

  • Cereal

  • Fruit and vegetables


Cleaning supplies

  • Laundry detergent (the powder kind)

  • Fabuloso, chlorox and other cleaning agents

  • Paper towel

  • Dish detergent


Personal items

  • Deodorant

  • Toothpaste

  • Shampoo and hair gel

  • Toilet paper

  • Ibuprofen, panadol, over-the-counter cold meds, bandaids and other first-aid items


Sheets, pillows, towels

  • Twin sheet sets

  • Pillows

  • Towels


  • 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!

  • Socks


School supplies

  • Uniforms and school shoes

  • Backpacks

  • Scientific calculators

  • Notebooks, pens, pencils, dry erase markers, etc

  • Supplies for arts and crafts, glue

  • Coloured pencils

  • Computers - desktop or laptop

  • Tablets

  • Geometry sets and compasses



  • Cubetas of white paint

  • Kitchen items like spoons, forks, pots, pans

  • Office supplies (printer paper, folders, etc),

  • Toner for printer


Recreational items

  • Musical instruments

  • Bicycles

  • Skateboards

  • Boogie boards and surf boards

  • Large shade cover for beach (not too heavy)

  • Beach umbrellas

  • Beach toys (bats, balls etc)

  • Gym equipment (weights etc)

  • Basketballs, volleyballs, etc

  • Foosball table

  • Small soccer goals

  • Darts



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

Are you in Mazatlan?  Do you enjoy cooking?  Would you like to get to know the Refugio boys while joining them for Sunday lunch?

Our cooks, Celene and sometimes Joaquin, work hard to keep our 25 always-hungry teenagers fed.  In order to give Celene and Joaquin an occassional 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 2019/2020 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!

Employment Opportunities

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. 

Operating costs

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.

Volunteers Needed

  • Dentists

  • Eye doctor

  • Lunch program participants

  • English teachers

  • Homework helpers/tutors (need to speak fluent Spanish)

  • Painting volunteers.  It is most helpful if you can provide the paint.

  • Drywall volunteers.

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

  • Kitchen roof.  We urgently need a new roof over the kitchen.  In the summer the heat is intolerable and when it rains heavily the kitchen gets soaked.

  • 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.

  • Bunk beds and mattresses.  The beds on which our boys currently sleep are designed for young kids - not teenagers. The boys need bigger beds and proper mattresses (as opposed to the thin foam pads we have at the moment).  We need 13 sets of bunk beds and 26 mattresses.  The cost per child would be USD185.00

  • 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 facilitate quicker drying of the clothes and free up the patio area for playing basketball etc.  To achieve this we would need a safe stairway up to the roof.

  • Lighting in the patio/basketball area.  We need lighting so that the boys can play in the evenings.  In the winter it gets dark before 6:00pm but the temperatures are perfect for being outdoors.

  • 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.

Contact Info: 


Calle Rosales #1105. Col. Centro, Mazatlán


Spanish: 669 193 23 01


English:  Mexico +52 669 146 41 73 or USA +1 (303)482-5698