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Cinco de Mayo – representing empowerment

As a trustee on the Misión México (UK) board I felt it appropriate to highlight a major day on the Mexican calendar Cinco de Mayo, or the 5th of May.

History of Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867).

Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with big Mexican communities outside Mexico. Cinco de Mayo traditions include parades, mariachi music performances and street festivals in cities and towns across Mexico and picnics.

For me, Cinco de Mayo represents inspiration, love and empowerment. History tells us that the French army was bigger, trained and better equipped than the group of Mexicans that got together to defend the country they loved against yet another invasion.

That is why Cinco de Mayo reminds me of the love I have for my country, it inspires me to be the best I can be because if you do something for the right reasons and with all your passion, there is always a chance of Victory!

Empowerment, I know that sometimes we Mexicans forget our history, at least, I know I do, but if I read it, I feel empowered because I love our pre-hispanic roots, our cuisine, and in general our culture. Although the country faces challenges and social inequality we can all make the difference.

These are some of the reasons why I support Misión México because they empower all the kids to be the best they can be. The kids at Misión México have suffered unspeakable things, but after a few months at Misión México we can see how they get better and they start playing and dreaming, just like every kid deserves it.

Pam and Alan, founders of Misión México give them the love and support they need to empower these kids. I invite you to read their story and support Misión México in any way you can. Why not create a Mexican fiesta and fundraise for us, please read this article on how to put together a Cinco de Mayo celebration and get some ideas rolling. Also read the Mision Mexico fundraising tips.

Hasta la próxima amigos,

Laura Vanessa Muñoz
Trustee of the Board
Misión México (UK)