Every year I work with children at a Refugee House in Mexico City. These kids are from Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras - even Africa, fleeing violence (El Salvador and Honduras have the two highest murder rates in the world). SMR (Scalabrinianas Mision Con Migrantes Y Refugiados) houses about 50 refugees at a time, for a period of 3 months and works to get them asylum from the Mexican Government. SMR continues to have a high success rate.
They've got a great group of volunteers - lots of students and sweet old ladies. With the money raised, we're basically helping feed, clothe and house people (They have 4 dorms: men, women, families, and transpeople, with laundry services on the roof)
I make lesson plans for the kids, take them to the park, do coloring and arts & crafts - and sometimes I even cook. I never thought I'd be a novice nun, but the Scalabrinianas (good social justice nuns) have jumped me in and I'm honored to be a part of their mission which has expanded into a nonprofit with a full-service approach staffed by secular professionals, such as doctors, psychologists and university-trained social workers.