VIDEO: Learn About RISE, Vallarta’s Shelter for Kids

Derek Carkner of Donner and Associates talks with Lisa and Billy (Memo), volunteers and board members of Refugio Infantil Santa Esperanza (RISE). The shelter is for infants and children under the age of 14 who have been turned over by DIF (Desarrollo Integral de la Familia), a Mexican government organization that is the legal representative for minors under the age of 14.

DIF’s main objective is to reintegrate these children with their families, but this is not always possible. RISE gives these children a safe and loving place to live.


  • Derek Carkner

    Derek Carkner hails from Toronto, Canada and has been living and working in Puerto Vallarta for the last five years. He can ease you through the process of buying or selling a home with candid advice and a unique sense of humour. He has travelled extensively throughout Banderas Bay and would love to share its idyllic offerings with you.

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