How you can help
Want to help? You can donate funds or volunteer at two organizations featured in the book:
Church in Northern Mexico that runs an immigrant shelter:
Father Leo founded this shelter for migrants. At the end of this website there is information in English and a way to email or call the shelter if you want to help:
You can offer to volunteer your time, or send monetary or other donations by contacting the shelter at this email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Shelter in Southern Mexico run by Olga Sanchez Martinez that helps immigrants hurt by the train, the Albergue Jesús el Buen Pastor del pobre y el Migrante:
Entronque a Raymundo Enriquez
The following website has a link with instructions on how to send money directly via paypal (to be used for prosthesis, medicine, blood units, surgeries and reconstructive surgical materials): www.alberguebuenpastor.org.mx
Or send donations directly by going to www.paypal.com and sending them to the following email: email@example.com
You can also contact Aracy Matus Sanchez, Olga's daughter, at that website with questions but be advised that she only speaks Spanish.
Finally, you can send donations through your bank to:
Albergue Jesus El Buen Pastor del Pobre y el Migrante A.C.
BANAMEX, Sucursal/Branch 4196
Donations from abroad please add the following: Iban/Swift 002133419600935248
Las Mujeres de La Patrona/The Ladies of La Patrona
From a small town in Veracruz, Mexico, the women of this pueblo go above and beyond their means in order to help feed migrants that cling to the tops of boxcars. Read about these wonderful women at Citizen Orange.
There are updates and also several ways to help, including donations of clothing, food, as well as money, listed on their blog:
Or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out other ways in which you can help.
Other Ways to Help
Honduras Threads helps women in Honduras sew beautiful embroidered pillow cases. The cases are sold on their website. Also, M'Lou Bancroft, who started the organization in Dallas and heads it for free, can help you set up a party to sell the cases, which are works of art. M'Lou started this effort after a 2002 church mission to Honduras, and she now helps employ 80 women in Tegucigalpa. You can see their products here.
M'Lou believes the solution to the migration issue is to help provide women in Honduras with work that allows them to feed and clothe their children so they don't feel forced to leave for the United States. Sonia Nazario serves on Honduras Threads' advisory board.
Fair Trade Federation screens organizations according to rigorous fair trade guidelines.
Equal Exchange sells fair trade coffee and other products, through churches and retail
SERRV has an online catalog of fair trade clothing and gifts
Fair Indigo sells fair trade clothing and gifts
Kiva, where you fund microcredit loans directly to an individual.
Pachamama Cooperative, fair trade coffee
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