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Misión Posible – a silent auction to get quietly excited about…..

Hola amigos!

Our wonderful and long-term business sponsor,  Guzman y Gomez (GYG) are going all out this year to help raise much needed funds for Misión México and all our niños.
An online silent auction has been launched for Mexican Independence Day and will run until 22 October 2015. You have the chance to fund a need for one of our kids or bid on a number of once in a lifetime experiences.
Head to www.galabid.com/mexico to make your bid!

Auction items include:

  • 2 hour Jam with The Madden Brothers Joel and Benji Madden in their LA studio for 4 people.
  • 2016 Toyotal AFL Grand Final experience for 4 people.
  • Surfing experience with Joel Parkinson, plus breakfast and a signed surfboard.
  • Tennis session with Pat Rafter for 2 people.
  • A cricket experience in the Channel 9 commentary box at the Sydney Cricket Ground for 4 people.
  • Lunch or dinner with former NRL stars Andrew “Joey” Johns and Matty Johns, and Ben Kenedy for 5 people.
  • 2 hour mentoring session with Steven Marks, founder of Guzman y Gomez(GYG).

Happy Bidding!!!

From all of us at Misión México x

El Día Del Niño celebrated in Glasgow

Mexican Family Fun Day

Saturday 25 April 2015, 1-4pm at the Old Barn, Glasgow

Men at work

What are we celebrating?

A fabulous family fun day to raise funds for Mision Mexico celebrating Children’s Day, ‘El Día Del Niño’. 

Why are we celebrating El Día Del Niño?

This is a national holiday in Mexico and is celebrated as a tribute to children in Mexico on April 30.

Children’s Day has been celebrated annually in Mexico since 1925. Children are recognized as an important part of society so the day focuses on the importance of loving, accepting and appreciating children.

How are we celebrating El Día Del Niño?

We’ll be celebrating Children’s Day in Glasgow with picnics on the lawn (BYO), delicious home baking, magic shows, balloon modelling, face painting, nail art, music and a bit of Mexican fun thrown in too!

By joining our party in Glasgow you’ll be celebrating the children in your lives as well as those in Mision Mexico.

The sun came out and we raised £1700 for our Youth Transition Program!

A HUGE thank you to all everyone who turned up to enjoy the afternoon as well as our sponsors and volunteers.

The event pics are here for you to enjoy.

 

For more information please contact info@lovelifehope.com or visit and join our Facebook event for updates on activities

 

Are you ready for the Nightrider Challenge? Sign up now!

London Nightrider

What is Nightrider?

Nightrider™ is a unique 60km/100km moonlit ride past London’s iconic landmarks and raising funds for charity!

Sign up and support us as we have guaranteed places in Nightrider™ 2015 on 6/7 June.

We have four places left and deadline for registration is 22 May so don’t delay!

Sign up to ride solo or create a team and invite friends to join you.

Why sign up?

Nightrider™ is where lots of charity-minded cyclists will pedal either 60km or 100km around London in the dead of night on 6 / 7 June 2015. You can either start at Lee Valley Velopark in the east or Crystal Palace in the south, before riding through the moonlit city on your fundraising journey.

Taking in over 50 of London’s famous landmarks, Nightrider™ is a truly unique way to explore the capital. While London sleeps, 4000 cyclists will raise more than £2 million in one night for hundreds of charities. Highlights include Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Tower Bridge, Canary Wharf, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Royal Opera House  and the London Eye.  Click here to see the full route.  Full support, back up and regular break stops are provided throughout the night and  a well-earned breakfast and medal at the finish line.

The full event cost per person is £99 however to pay the reduced fee of £39 please enter our charity specific coupon code ‘MISIONMEXICOUK’ on the checkout page on last page of the registration form. Once you apply the code you will pay £39 instead of £99 and take one of our charity places and pledge to raise a minimum of £250.

If you wish to take one of our charity places please register here via this link 

Event information can be found here

You can like Nightrider on Facebook and follow them on Twitter to keep up to date with all of the latest news!

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Féliz Navidad! Merry Christmas from Misión México

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is upon us once again – the decorations are still up from last year!!

Looking back at the year we feel so very lucky to say that we have had another blessed year. Our children, thanks to the wonderful support we get through sponsorships, scholarships and donations for education, are able to get a well-rounded education that will open up the future to them.

Thanks to the educational gifts you bought us last year from Amazon, we have been able to home school our children that need it and having good quality resources at our fingertips has made learning so much more interesting and teaching so much richer.

What is perhaps most rewarding is that we have been able to extend our children’s education outside the classroom.

We now have 7 children in Ballet classes and a group of children who play and sing in an orchestra. It is incredibly rewarding to watch these children, once thought to be nothing of value to the people who supposedly ‘cared’ for them, find pride and new found confidence in themselves. Children who had no decent education, hopes or etiquette carry themselves with beauty and grace.

How wonderful it is to be a part of the children’s journey. We are a team of volunteers, sponsors, staff and all those who help or support in any way to advance the lives of these children. Thank you to all of you who follow our progress.   Your love, prayers, and support have not gone unnoticed.

We wish you a peaceful Christmas and may the New Year bring you blessings in abundance.

With love from Misión México

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We need you!!!

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We urgently need volunteers to come to Misión México and help our kids. We have recently taken several new children into our home and we need energetic, enthusiastic people on deck to act as mentors, friends and teachers to our kids…and of course, to have fun while you’re doing it!

As those of you who have volunteered with us before will know, time at Misión México is not a holiday, however it is incredibly rewarding and you will walk away from the place with the satisfaction that you have made a difference in the lives of these wonderful children.

We would love to see your smiling face in Tapachula again. And this time, why not share the experience with a friend?

As well as needing volunteers to help us out generally, we are currently looking for:

Youth Transition Workers – to act as role models, mentors and supervisors for our young adults as they transition to an independent lifestyle in our male and female transition houses.

Homeschool Teacher– to work with our daughter, Brooke Skuse, to homeschool some of our children who find it difficult to learn in the mainstream education system.

Both roles are a minimum of 6-12 months with living expenses covered.

If you, or someone you know, would like to volunteer with us in Tapachula or share your skills locally to fundraise for our Misión México family please contact volunteer@lovelifehope.com
 
Come and be part of our family and help keep our beautiful children smiling!

Look what we made

Look what we made

brotherly learning

With warm regards,
Pam and Alan Skuse

Latest news from Misión México….

kids with their new glasses

Hola Amigos!

Welcome to our latest news update –  These past seven months have been a huge challenge. At Misión México you often hear: ‘There is never a dull moment!’ How true this is! There is always something going on, with some or other problem to address.
We are very excited however about one particular dream that is coming true, Misión Surf!

With so much else going on, that is, with the children, schools, additional classes, meetings, administration, etc, life can be very exhausting, difficult, demanding and incredibly stressful, but on the other hand, there have been some wonderfully exciting, stimulating and thought provoking moments.

With every challenge there is an opportunity to learn something; an opportunity to grow, therefore that is something that we are thankful for.

Read all our news here and get in touch if you can help support or volunteer with us!

Muchas gracias, Pam and Alan

Pam and Alan

Mother’s Day – Motherhood, tough but worth it!

This Mother’s day we asked Pamela Skuse to tell us what it is really like being “Mamá” to so many children at Misión México. Motherhood is certainly interesting!

It’s certainly been a challenge to be mother to numerous children from dysfunctional backgrounds, linked by the curse of poverty. Raising six children was a challenge in itself, but then to take on the responsibility of children who are each carrying scars of abuse and suffering, in a developing country, hasn’t been easy.

Though, through all the hardships of raising such children, I have learnt so much and to love unconditionally. In return, I have received love in abundance.

Pam, Luis, Daniela & Marli

Pam, Luis, Daniela & Marli

How wonderful for me to see each of these children grow and develop talents that would have remained untapped if they had not come into the love and security of this very big family.

I won’t lie; it’s been an incredibly hard journey, but also so satisfying now to see that the children are finally challenging themselves to become ‘the best that they can be’.

At times, when I have felt like I have failed with one child or another, due to them leaving too soon, before they reached their full potential, I am reminded that I wasn’t promised that I would see an end result, but that I was called to be part of their journey.

I was reminded of this one day when I was at an intersection in Tapachula when I heard; ‘Mamá!’, yelled out by a street kid, and was greeted with a huge smile and a kiss on the cheek, it was then that I knew that by showing love through caring for this boy, be it for a short time, still made a difference in his life. At that moment, though I was humbled, I also felt a sense of pride that I was part of his journey.

My role as a mother in this magical country called Mexico, is to love and nurture; to love these children unconditionally, and to provide each child with the security and opportunities to help them develop so that they can reach their full potential, and this, I will try to do to the best of my abilities until I am called from this world.

Pam and Maria flying high

Pam and Maria flying high