Contra Viento y Marea- Caravan-run Kitchen

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Raised by 94 people in 8 months
Created November 27, 2018
Contra Viento y Marea- An Autonomous Caravan-Run Kitchen
A group of openly vocal caravaneros who resisted dispersal was forced to leave a warehouse near Benito Juarez, the sports complex where thousands of refugees were originally stationed. Now, a few caravaneros from that group have secured a lease on a kitchen/storefront! - CONTRA VIENTO Y MAREA With help from others they are serving three meals a day, 7 days a week for their community and will likely serve as a source of consistent food when then next Caravan arrives in Tijuana within the following weeks. 

What We've Done
While the original purpose of this fundraiser was to support buying ingredients for us to supply meals in a moment of emergency, which we did successfully, we believe that this kitchen project is a solution to creating a longer lasting step toward food security as well as much needed autonomy for caravaneros. Plus what's better than folks being able to make comida hondureña, a food from home?! So far, from this fundraiser we had money left over to help Contra Viento y  Marea purchase a grill, stovetop, a deep fryer, propane tanks, tables, chairs and other kitchen appliances. 



Now that the kitchen space is secured, the appliances are there and folks are working full time, the kitchen needs to have consistent supply of ingredients to be able to continue to cook 3 meals a day, 7 days a week for the next group of refugees to arrive in Tijuana. Also in the works is gaining access to tools with the intention of building a roof top garden with shade structure and areas to commune.

Background on Migrant Caravan
Thousands of Central American migrants have joined the Caravan toward the end of 2018, arriving to the US/MX border. Now, many refugees are now spread out across Tijuana in the streets and in various shelters.
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Caravan Food Support Update:

Following the multiple evictions of the caravan from the previous locations that they had been collectively housed at (Unidad Deportiva Benito Juarez, the encampment outside the followed, and the warehouse turned shelter that followed, and El Barretal) there is no longer a communal space where caravan members are staying.

Most members are dispersed living in various small shelters, on the streets, or renting apartment on month-to-month leases (often paid by solidarity networks). In most of these situations there is NO ACCESS TO KITCHENS OR REGULAR MEALS.

Solidarity and humanitarian aid volunteers continue to receive calls and messages that many continue to go hungry (often times for days at a time). People on the ground have tried to address these issues individually as best they could by delivering food to those that they could.

As we adapt to the new circumstances we are re-channeling our efforts and funds to support an autonomous kitchen in the centro of TJ that has been set up by and for caravan members.

At the moment they have signed a lease for a kitchen space for ONE YEAR. The location is aiming to cook 100+ meals a day for caravan members dispersed throughout TJ. We have supported by using YOUR DONATIONS to help purchase the appliances and kitchen supplies in bulk to get the kitchen running. Caravan members themselves are running the kitchen and simply need food supplies/ingredients to continue production as they have envisioned.

Help us support this beautiful project and to build a sustainable food support system for migrant and refugees awaiting humanitarian visas, asylum, and sanctuary overall <3
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The caravan members who were staying near Benito Juarez and El Barretal have both been displaced. Currently, the most urgent need is donations for rooms to house families, children, and individual adults in Tijuana. All the local shelters are overcrowded and we are seeking aid to help transition the refugee population to dignified housing.
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On Friday Dec 7th 15+ volunteers spent their evening prepping 500 chicken and vegetable sandwiches that were delivered on Saturday morning to the hundreds of caravan members, including many women and children, who remain at the encampment outside of Unidad Deportiva Benito Juarez.

We also distributed lots of baby food, apples, mandarines, and water (which is in much need at the moment because they do not have access to running water at this location).

In addition to the meal distribution, we were able to support their efforts to set-up an autonomist kitchen and used donations to help purchase sturdy outdoor burner stoves, a fridge, and cooking supplies in bulk. This infrastructure, we hope, will help alleviate some of the food insecurity faced by members in this location as they wait out the delayed process of applying for asylum in the U.S. or a humanitarian visa to remain and work in Mexico without the threat of being deported.

YOUR donations have allowed for this all to happen and the caravan members have expressed their thankfulness for this support which allows them to feel that they are not alone at these times. We plan to continue to follow their lead and ensure that those at this location receive these basic needs despite the local police's efforts to deter humanitarian aid.

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We are so humbled by your donations, time, and labor. On 12/06, we received an emergency call that 400-500 people had not eaten a full meal in 2 days so we responded as quickly as possible by buying 200 tacos, 4 boxes of apples and 4 boxes of mandarins from Mercado Hidalgo as well as tons of muffins and croissants. The police patrol the encampment not allowing outsiders to bring food assumingely in hopes that if food doesn't come in that the encampment will leave. We were able to get the food in anyway. Folks from the caravan are always able to self organize and always prefer to feed women and children first before anyone else eats. They are also maintaining they're own census of the encampment.
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Raised by 94 people in 8 months
Created November 27, 2018
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