In 2018, EACH of our sponsored charities received $60,000 pesos from proceeds of the Chili Cook-Off. Please help us increase this amount at the 2019 event!

School for Special Children/Escuela para Ninos Especiales

Provides professional education of deaf children, to teach them sign language, how to read, do sculpture, carpentry and arts. The organization provides all types of hearing devices and everything related to the enhancement of their hearing defect. The school in Jocotopec presently serves 110 children.

Centro de Desarrollo (Ajijic)
Center for Family Development

This facility was created to improve the quality of life for the less fortunate families around Lake Chapala. It features family planning, and Sexual and Reproductive Health Services, medical consultations and informative talks in local communities and schools.

For years, the center’s education activities centered around young adults and women in schools and communities. Four years ago we decided it was time to start educating the male gender in these same areas and since have provided seminars directed toward men.

Casa de Ancianos de Chapala
Home for Elderly Citizens in Chapala

Founded in 1972, Casa de Ancianos de Chapala is a non-profit home where the elder residents of Lakeside, who have significant health issues, can expect respectful, compassionate care. With 24-hour nursing care, doctors visits, a loving staff, and nutritious meals, they provide the best possible environment for their clients.

Additional donations will help to significantly increase the number of patients who can be accommodated at the facility, a unique resource in the community.

Cruz Roja de Chapala
Red Cross of Chapala

The Chapala Chapter of Cruz Roja maintains two ambulances in service at all times, one in Chapala and one on the West side of Ajijic.

The ambulances are staffed by trained Paramedics and equipped with oxygen, EKG and defibrillators, back boards and a full array of emergency equipment. The ambulances respond to every-day emergencies, including car accidents. There is also an urban rescue unit for extracting trapped victims from auto crashes, rooftops, wells and mountainous areas.

Love in Action

Love in Action is a home where children who have suffered neglect or were in a high-risk environment are placed with us by the Mexican government so we may provide them a safe haven.

Our mission at The Love in Action Center is dedicated to providing abandoned, abused, orphaned and poverty-stricken children with a safe and loving home, healthy environment, and the opportunity to receive an education, grow and socially develop.

Programa Pro Ninos Incapacitados del Lago

Programa Pro Ninos Incapacitados del Lago assists children with disabilities such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy, cancer and birth defects. The organization pays for medications, diagnostic tests, therapy sessions, and medical equipment which are not covered by the public health system, for poor families who have no other source of these necessities. In 2012 and 2013 we helped 131 children, in 2014 we helped 146 children, in 2015 168 children and in 2016 159 children.

Los Niños de Chapala y Ajijic, A.C. (NCA)

Los Niños de Chapala y Ajijic, A.C. (NCA) is a non-profit, charitable organization, incorporated and registered in 1977 in Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico. NCA is recognized by the Mexican government (SAT Hacienda) and Instituto Jalisciense de Asistencia Social (IJAS).

Our RFC Number is NCA-770930-ME5. NCA submits semi-annual financial reports to IJAS, and also submits all major fundraising activities to IJAS for approval. As of the first of October, 2012, we currently have more than 190 children actively sponsored.
Los Niños de Chapala y Ajijic, A.C. (NCA)

Lake Chapala Shrine Club

The Lake Chapala Shrine Club was founded in 1987, and has been active under the jurisdiction of Anezeh Shriners, Mexico City. The club is composed of members from the United States, Canada , and Mexico. The Club’s primary objectives are to have fun and help Lakeside children needing medical assistance.

Medical treatment is provided at no cost at the Shriners Hospital for Children in Mexico City, the Shrine Telemedicine Clinic in Guadalajara, or locally. The Club provides transportation for child and parents to place of treatment, taxi fares, and money for food and lodging, if necessary.



The Mexican National Chili Cookoff has been celebrated in the Lake Chapala area since 1978. This year marks our 41st Anniversary! Please join us for this festive and historic occasion.

El Chili Cookoff Nacional Mexicano se ha celebrado en el área del Lago de Chapala desde 1978. ¡Este año marca nuestro 41 Aniversario! Por favor, únase a nosotros en esta ocasión festiva e histórica.


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