Casa Hogar El Puente is a place for asylum-seeking migrant women and children who have been returned to Tijuana under the Migrant Protection Program (MPP), where many of them have to wait for months in Mexico for their cases to be resolved. It is a space where migrant women and children from Central America and other parts of the world can come and receive housing, loving community, clothing, and information about the asylum process and other resources in Tijuana.
This project was birthed from the visions and learnings of three Honduran caravan members in Tijuana, who have been moved by the immense need for safe housing options for refugee families. As the Central American community in Tijuana is becoming more established because of MPP and continual migration, Casa Hogar el Puente hopes to shift the perception of Central American migrants here in Tijuana so they can be respected for their contributions to the city. The space has capacity for 25-30 women and children, who will be rotating through on a ~2 month basis. During this time, they will be resourced with information about next steps, and connected with local job opportunities. There will also be food vending and other events based out of the space to help with creating purpose, building community, and fundraising.
Originally they were planning to rent a house in el centro, but in mid-July they were generously offered access to a plot of land and house in a safer part of Tijuana. The house is set on a hill with a stunning view of the city and lots of green space; it's the ideal retreat from the chaos of the city, where folks can have a chance to connect with the land and reflect on what they've been through and where they would like to go next. The house is in need of lots of renovation to be habitable. They've already replaced the roof, poured cement for an outdoor eating space, and begun building an outdoor kitchen and bathroom. The land is large enough to have capacity for several more small houses.
The projected monetary needs for this project are (USD):
$1,100 annual taxes for the house
$650 annual water bill
$650 annual electricity bills
$4,000 construction materials
$600 kitchen appliances and other furniture
We are also requesting the following forms of support:
1.) Skilled volunteer labor for construction projects
2.) Wood and construction materials for bunk beds, cupboards, cabinets. including: painting, lumber, power tools, hardware, windows
3.) Kitchen supplies and equipment (stove, refrigerator, oven and cooking utensils)
4.) Doctors, nurses, herbalists and other volunteers with medical skills
5.) art supplies, clothing, toiletries, toys and other donations for women and children.
6.) Washing machine / washboard
Get regular updates, photos, and stories on their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/casahogarelpuente/?__tn__=kC-y.g&eid=ARAmlcPxTiFYghrGspIX90nJ4p_JUAMFMdFussGv-O5OOHVr6AD8ug36w97mDmzq3-T1h3g4JjCCPmIs&hc_ref=ARRcnvofHdWOaipG5NOwhoYA9jRnPm7uqsTV1miyAiEFJ69zYJthu2gaZS-Xf26oIao&fref=nf&__xts__
See them featured in Sintesis TV here: <iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FSintesisTV%2Fvideos%2F357054368301982%2F&show_text=0&width=560" width="560" height="315" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true" allowFullScreen="true"></iframe>
Meet Douglas, one of the three visionaries, in this video about his work with the artists group El Puente: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STZlsGKFzZw