Casa Hogar el Puente: Migrant family safe house

$790 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 14 people in 26 days
Created June 21, 2019
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. It will serve as an example of autonomous shelters in Tijuana and a model of small scale safe houses in the city that can be generative centers to build a life in common. 

This project is being 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. 

The projected monetary needs for this project are (USD):
$5000 - 1 year rent & utilities
$2500 - appliances and furnishings
$2500 - food 

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, funds to acquire them or local knowledge to obtain them for free)  
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

We have raised funds for the first two months rent, but we need more funds as soon as possible so that the space can be furnished and opened.

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
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Some unfortunate news: we just got word that when the father of the person who was planning to rent us the space found out that the project was being run by Central Americans, he decided to kick them out, even after all the work they've been doing the last few weeks to clean the place up. They are now looking at other places to rent for the project. It will be hard to find a place that is as cheap as the original house, but we will not lose hope.
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$790 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 14 people in 26 days
Created June 21, 2019
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