The Bay of Banderas is blessed with the non-profit organization, PEACE (Protection, Education, Animals, Culture & Environment.)
Started by Molly Fisher over five years ago, PEACE has been actively involved in community services including free animal spay and
neuter clinics and teaching free English classes to children and adults in Nayarit.
As of now, PEACE acts as an umbrella organization for four main programs, Casa Comunidad, Ayuda Los Animales (Help The Animals), Women's Co-Op (Manos de Mujeres Unidas) and Community Pride. They are also hoping to expand into other areas of community service. It is a U.S. non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, which accepts tax-deductible donations and a Mexican Civil Association, where a factura can be issued for a donation.
Casa Comunidad - Building Blocks For Life, helps children and adults develop the necessary skills to be successful, positive contributors to their multi-cultural, bilingual community, through free English classes. There is also an after school program, which includes, sports, art, adventure education, etc. This program operates in the Punta de Mita area.
Ayuda Los Animales (Help The Animals) - decreases the number of unwanted animals by holding high-volume spay and neuter clinics. Ayuda Los Animales has worked in Nayarit exclusively for the last five years, but has recently been contacted by the Jalisco Department of Health (Secretaria de Salud) to organize clinics in that state. PEACE provides teaching clinics for local vets, organizes education for children and adults, plus other animal related services.
The Women's Co-Op (Manos de Mujeres Unidas) - provides an opportunity for mothers to work in their homes. They develop creative skills and expression, by designing and producing various handicraft items, many made from recycled materials. The children are able to stay in school because their mothers are earning enough money to help support the family. This program runs in Punta de Mita.
Community Pride - actively pursues projects to protect the environment. The group throws "Trash Parties," installs trash cans, and works with the local government, businesses and volunteers to ensure pick-up and coordinating highway brigades.
PEACE has a proven track record of success in all these areas. Local governments and schools continually ask for these programs to be implemented in their colonias in Nayarit and now in Jalisco. If any of these are going to expand, PEACE needs volunteers and funding.