Misión México provides a loving, secure home for children of all ages who have been abused, neglected, orphaned or abandoned. The number of children in the home changes constantly, but on average caring for between 40 and 50 children on a permanent basis.
Almost all of the children have suffered extreme poverty and abuse. Some have experienced unspeakable violence.
The refuge resembles a family home rather than an institution, where the children feel loved and secure. The children attend school, something most of them had not experienced before. They also have access to tutors who help with their studies as many of the children find it hard to learn due to their abuse or never having been to school.
The children are also learning to swim and surf and are the only surfers in Tapachula! Surfing is a previously unknown activity in the area, yet it has become a uniquely transforming sporting activity for these children.
The surfing programme is being introduced to enable the kids to find confidence in themselves and a belief that they can achieve anything they want.
A typical day at Misión México starts at 5.30am when breakfast is prepared and the children shower, get dressed, eat breakfast and complete their morning chores before being driven to the different schools they attend.
During the day, never ending laundry gets done, lunch is prepared in 20 litre pots, and the house is cleaned whilst groceries are collected, volunteers are inducted, visitors are greeted and the Directors respond to the children's needs, along with numerous emails, telephone calls and meetings.
School pick-ups start at lunch time and continue throughout the afternoon, when lunch is served, chores are done, volunteer shifts change, tutors arrive, homework is completed, ball games are played, music lessons are conducted, children are taken to sports classes, pictures are drawn, swimming lessons are carried out, more children are tended to and supported emotionally, and supper is prepared.
As evening draws and the sun goes down supper is served in four separate sittings, the house is cleaned, children are showered, stories are read, night time hugs are given and lights are out at 10.30pm. Then the household sleeps before a new day begins all over again...
And that is just the weekdays!
In October, I will begin my journey, as a full-time volunteer at Mision Mexico. I hope to utilize my enthusiasm, positive attitude, and enormous heart to help children who dream of a better life reach their fullest potential. In addition to participating in the daily volunteer work as stated above, I would like to help initiate a creative program for the kids on weekends before or after surfing. I envision this program to involve arts and crafts, singing, dancing, hula-hooping, and hopefully introduction to yoga and meditation (in different ways for different age groups.)
I strongly believe I will be a great addition to the family at Mision Mexico.
The donations will go directly to the children and Mision Mexico.
I am also trying to design some t-shirts to sell in which all proceeds will go to Mision Mexico.
Thank you so much for your contribution to my cause. I am extremely excited for the chance to bring another smile and loving heart into the orphanage and into Tapachula, Mexico.
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- STEPHANIE MIODUCHOSKI
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