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Help Refugees Living in Mexicali Shelters

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Please Share This Appeal on Your Social Media and Help These Refugees. Your Donation Will Help Purchase:
  • Construction Materials
  • Kitchen Equipment
  • Personal Hygiene Items
Supplies Delivered Within Days to Refugees Tired and Needy After Their Long Journey to the U.S. Border.

Fire Destroyed This Mexicali Shelter in 2021.
Since then the shelter, run by local non-profit Cobina, its residents, and volunteers have been working to restore the rooms of this unique shelter. The Cobina shelters are dedicated to providing homeless refugees, free of charge, safe and secure housing, food, medical care, and assistance with legally immigrating to the U.S.

Thousands of young families and members of the LGBTQ community are among the most vulnerable on the streets of border towns like Mexicali. Some are lucky enough to find safety at a Cobina shelter.

Brothers Roberto and Jose Luis are Restoring Refugio del Migrante Shelter. You can help inform the general public to support their effort by sharing This GoFundMe Page.

Posada del Migrante Shelter
Families with small children, fleeing violence in their own countries, are seeking asylum and safety in the U.S.
They need shelter safety, security, food, medical care and assistance applying for asylum in the U.S. All free of charge to refugee families.

This fund, started in the spring of 2020 to help support family shelters in Mexicali, Baja California. The shelters house refugees coming from many parts of Central and South America. These families and members of the LGBTQ community are fleeing violence and sometimes natural catastrophes in their native countries.

This Go Fund Me page was established by Migrant Child Watch to support shelters for homeless refugee families. Posada del Migrante and Refugio del Migrante are both operated by COBINA a local human rights organization. Altagracia Tamayo, Director of COBINA, is trusted and heralded local activist. The money we raise is given immediately in cash or supplies to shelters.

Mexicali is the capital city of Baja California with a population of over a million people. The city receives thousands of people fleeing the violence throughout Mexico, Central, and South America. In Mexicali and at “Points of Entry” all along the Southern U.S Border regions most shelters on the Mexican side are substandard, crumbling buildings.

During the school year the COBINA Shelters provide classes for school age students and English classes for adults. Almost all the residents in these shelters are applying for asylum in the United States through legal means. At the shelters they receive help filling out the applications for asylum.

These shelters do not receive funding or support of any kind from governments or their agencies. They depend completely on private donations and although many people wish to help, there is never quite enough for the large wave of migrants fleeing violence or political persecution.

All the residents at Posada del Migrante and Refugio del Migrante receive assistance filing their asylum requests and legal documentation to enter the United States legally. Posada del Migrante is a 22 room two story repurposed motel. This shelter houses, feeds, and cares for as many as 350 people daily.

The refugees arriving on the streets of Mexicali after months long journeys to the Border of The United States are tired, hungry, and vulnerable. They need the safety and security the shelters can provide. Although they are very short on resources, Posada del Migrante and Refugio Del Migrante require no payments from their residents. The shelters provide 3 meals per day and free medical care for as long as
need to stay.

Migrant Child Watch continues to be busy to collecting and delivering food and supplies to the COBINA shelters. We have generated support in communities of Imperial County, San Diego County, Bakersfield, California and far beyond thanks to people using this GoFundMe page. The need is great and we ask for your help.

We have talked to many of the migrants and have heard terrifying stories of how they are fleeing danger from organized crime as well as from oppressive governments. When we deliver food and supplies to the shelters, we meet hundreds of grateful people full of hope and anticipation looking forward to joining family members in the U.S. and finding work.

The shelters are extremely overcrowded. The Refugio del Migrante which housed more than 150 people was destroyed by fire in July 2021. With the help of donations from many organizations and individuals, ten rooms have been restored at Refugio del Migrante. Work is ongoing and our latest donations are going to help complete four more rooms.
Again we ask you to consider donating and sharing this link with friends.



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