We hope to raise $15,000 to help us cover the following expenses:
- Build a new bathroom (we all currently share one).
- Build storage space for supplies.
- 9 months worth of operating costs (rent, gas, water, light/electricity, food , transportation to the border for guests).
Some words from one of the families currently living at Casa Hogar El Puente...
“We are a family of four from Nicaragua...Our journey was very long and difficult because we had to travel days in a trailer, locked up for 18 years with little oxygen, food, or water. We also travelled in a boat for two days, after that we had to travel in an open trailer filled with trash and dust, and our eyes got infected because of the contamination. After a month of suffering on the road we were able to (present ourselves for asylum) in the U.S. in July of 2019, but we were sent to wait in Tijuana through the MPP program to await our (immigration court) process. We arrived in Tijuana on July 24, 2019. We were desperate and did not know what to do, not knowing even one person who could help us find a place to stay while we waited this long process was something very difficult for us, they had sent us to Tijuana without money and without any place to go. We were outside the Chaparral (port of entry) when someone approached us and offered to take us to a shelter where we stayed for several difficult months before deciding to look for a better place to stay. That is when a friend recommended Casa Hogar El Puente, where we have lived now for two months. We would like to continue living here because they offer better support than anywhere else we have had to live in Tijuana. We are treated well by the people responsible for the shelter, we have better food and it is peaceful here. We are grateful to God a to those who contribute to keep improving this shelter.
For now, we still do not have any idea how long the (immigration court) process will take because this pandemic has backed up everything.
***We kept the family and speaker anonymous for safety reasons, and translated their words ourselves.
Links to the affiliated video interview series...
'Un Puente de Voces / A Bridge of Voices '
Part 1: Solidarity as Law - Maya Ibars, Staff Attorney at Al Otro lado
Part 2: Solidarity as Art - Interview w/ Claudia Bernardi, Community Artist & Professor at CCA
Part 3: Solidarity as Music - Interview w/ Douglas Oviedo, Cofounder and Director of Casa Hogar El Puente
God Bless You!”