Religion, Spiritual Development

Pura Vida Ministries

  • Littleton, CO
  • www.puravida.org

Mission Statement

The mission of Pura Vida is to facilitate the sharing of first-world resources with the third-world communities in a meaningful and long term way. Pura Vida is: - Ecumenically Christian - Community Based - Supporting and Encouraging This is an ecumenical project in that we work with volunteers from and representatives of a wide variety of Christian churches, from evangelical protestant and Roman Catholic. Our directors are from diverse Christian faiths, as are our partners in Guatemala. While we do believe that our doctrinal differences are not unimportant, we elect to focus on that which brings us together, not that which divides. Our work is community based in that we focus on a few specific communities, rather than spreading our time and resources thinly across many. That way we get to know the people, gain their trust, and understand their needs. Pura Vida focuses on supporting and encouraging communities, helping them from the inside. We implement projects that "prime the pump", putting people in a position to better themselves and their community. Thus, our primary focus is on education. We find that this work also helps educate us as well. Exposure to third world poverty can change the life of a volunteer.

ruling year

2003

Principal Officer

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Mark Ely

Keywords

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Guatemala,children,retreat,scholarships,Lemoa,Chontala,Paquixic,Pocohil,Paxot,Camanchaj

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EIN

33-1043116

 Number

0212876765

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Christian (X20)

Student Services and Organizations (B80)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (Q12)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

Pura Vida coordinates and leads work trips Guatemala, sponsors Guatemalan children for secondary education, and provides nutritional resources to rural villages. We also organize and run spiritual retreats.

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PURA VIDA MINISTRIES
Fiscal year: Oct 01-Sep 30

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Pura Vida Ministries

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Principal Officer

Mark Ely

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