Location: Nogales, Sonora, Mexico.
Date: December 14-19, 2019.
Price: $520 (price includes housing, meals and transport, but does NOT includes travel insurances). No reimbursement.
Requirements: To be an undergrad student, and to have a passport.
We start our Trip to Nogales, Mexico on Saturday, December 14th, with a Mass at the Newman Center and drive together with some “mini-vans” that we rent. The trip time to the border that is around 3 hours from here and arrive in Nogales, Mexico. We will be meeting right across the border by the people from Hepac, and drive all together to the “Hepac Community” that is the place that we stay the whole time. They provide us with housing and meals.
We will be returning on December 19, expecting to be back between 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm.
A normal day for us usually starts with working in the mission that we have been assigned that day. We visit the migrants at Kino Border Initiative, or La Roca Shelter, or the little room where the migrants wait in order to cross the border; after lunch, we usually play with the kids that go to “Hepac” daily. Evenings are time to have some prayer and formation together.
The payment deadlines are:
October 17, 2019 - $200
November 4, 2019 - $200
November 25, 2019 - $120
Here there is some information about the places that we stay or either visit for mission work.
HEPAC COMMUNITY CENTER
The Hogar de Esperanza y Paz (Home of Hope and Peace – HEPAC) is a non-profit community center that serves primarily women and children in the impoverished neighborhood of Bella Vista in Nogales, Sonora – just three miles south of the Mexico-U.S. border. HEPAC offers an array of services including daily lunch for school children, educational opportunities, and micro-economic projects.
For more information visit: www.hepacnogales.org
SAN JUAN BOSCO SHELTER
A shelter that has been family run for decades and which offers temporary housing, meals, religious services and access to further social resources to deported migrants as well as people who are about to journey into the US.
KINO BORDER INITIATIVE
The Kino Border Initiative (KBI) is a binational organization that works in the area of migration and is located in Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. The KBI was inaugurated in January of 2009 by six organizations from the United States and Mexico: The California Province of the Society of Jesus, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, the Missionary Sisters of the Eucharist, the Mexican Province of the Society of Jesus, the Diocese of Tucson and the Diocese of Nogales. The KBI’s vision is to help make humane, just, workable migration between the U.S. and Mexico a reality. Its mission is to promote the US/Mexico border and immigration policies that affirm the dignity of the human person and a spirit of bi-national solidarity through:
Direct humanitarian assistance and accompaniment with migrants;
Social and pastoral education with communities on both sides of the border;
Participation in collaborative networks that engage in research and advocacy to transform local, regional, and national immigration policies.
For more information visit: www.kinoborderinitiative.org