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Evening Standard Food Month: Summer Charity Fiesta at La Bodega Negra, Soho.

Celebrate London Evening Standard’s Food Month and enjoy a fiesta in aid of Misión México.

Head chef Matthew Bishop has developed a special 8 course Mexican street food menu nspired by his vibrant journeys throughout Guadalajara, Oaxaca and Mexico City. The evening will include exciting Mexican performances, mariachis and summer music.

Join us at La Bodega Negra Monday 19th June from 6pm. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Misión Mexico.

To make a reservation call  0207 758 4100

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Volunteers urgently needed

Hola amigas y amigos!

We urgently need volunteers to come and assist us at Misión México for the coming months – particularly the last two weeks of November and throughout December.

The children are in school until the Christmas holidays begin in mid-December.  During school term, we need help with the general running of the house, helping the children with getting ready for school and extracurricular activities, organising activities on the weekend, lifeguarding at the beach and generally supporting the loving, caring, secure environment that we aim to give them.

The Christmas holidays are a much busier and very memorable time of the year – the kids are all at home so we get to spend loads of quality time with them.  There’s plenty of time to organise activities – cooking lessons, arts and crafts, swimming competitions, water fights, volleyball games – and excursions.

Christmas and New Year’s Eve are such a special time in the refuge, as a member of our extended Misión México family, we’d love you to come and join us!
We are looking for enthusiastic, caring and fun volunteers who are available over these periods and into the new year to be mentors, friends and teachers.

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 leave 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?

We are also looking for volunteers with specific theatre, musical and artistic skills to run small programs with the children over the holidays.
If you, or someone you know, would like to volunteer with us in Tapachula or would like further information about our volunteer program or even share your skills locally to fundraise for our Misión México family pleasecontact us.
Volunteers must be over 21 and commit to a 6 week minimum volunteering period.

Misión Posible II

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Guzman y Gomez are hosting their annual charity event with the goal of raising over $100,000 for the children of Misión México.

You are invited to Mision Posible II 2016

A charity event for Mision Mexico, a children’s refuge.

Join us fir a fabulous fiesta, live music, a terrific raffle, amazing auction items, drinks and canapes with all proceeds helping the children of Mexico.

Date: Thursday, 13 October 2016
Time: 6:30-10:30
Venue: The Ivy, Sunroom, Level 3 330 George St, Sydney
Dress: Cocktail
Tickets: $160 per person Purchase tickets online 

We can’t wait for you to join us again for this fabulous fiesta, which will be attended by Pam Skuse, Mum and founder of Misión México.

Donations of $5,000 or more to the fundraiser via Galabid will receive 5 free tickets to the party. This is a fabulous way to not only give to Misión México, but party with your friends, colleagues and associates!

Auction items:

  1. Private dinner in your home for 10 people prepared by chef Manu Fieldel
  2. Sydney getaway for 5 nights for up to 8 people at a private Palm Beach residence.
  3. Sydney Roosters inner sanctum experience for 2 people
  4. Ultimate surfing experience with Joel Parkinson and an autographed board
  5. Exclusive mentoring meal for 8 people with Guy Rosso, CEO KMart & Target & Steven Marks, founder of Guzman Y Gomez.
  6. The Ultimate AFL grand final experience 2017

Youth Transition Program Coordinator – Girls

Misión Mexico, Tapachula is seeking exceptional candidates for the role of Youth Transition Program Coordinator – Girls. He/she will work closely with Directors and General Manager of Misión Mexico, as well as the Youth Transition Program Coordinator – Boys, as well as other key staff in Misión Mexico. This position would require a minimum commitment of 6 -12 months.

About Misión Mexico

Misión México is a place 50 children call home; a place where they are considered one of the family. It is somewhere they are loved and provided with opportunities for growth, development and advancement in all areas of their lives including education and emotional support.

Since Misión México was established in 2001, more than 250 children from variou circumstances of need have been helped. These children, aged between three and 18, have been abused, abandoned, neglected and are often from extreme poverty. All have had an opportunity to escape the cycle of abuse and poverty and are enjoying a second chance at life.

With no Government support the refuge relies solely on the generosity of individuals, businesses and fundraising to continue its work.

Role Context

The Youth Transitional Program (YTP) is a program focusing on the young people at Mision México reaching adulthood to assist and support them into independent living whilst continuing with their education.

The young adults on this program are very much involved in the running of this program; their input is invaluable. The focus of this program is to empower our young people in a bid to break the cycle of poverty and abuse, and further create confident, competent young adults and positive role models who can successfully live independently.

The Youth Transition Program Coordinator – Girls provides support to these young people +13 years of age who are requiring intensive support to develop independent living and life skills. This is a live-in role and would require you to live on-site with 3 girls aged 18 years and over, with the potential for more girls to move on-site at a later date.

Primary Objectives of the Role

Creating a safe, secure and stable environment for the young people, with a supportive learning environment that ensures their daily living skills are developed.

The focus of the training includes:

  • Independent and practical living skills
  • Health and nutrition
  • Positive role modelling skills
  • Education and employment
  • Financial planning and budgeting
  • Practical support sourcing employment

Personal development is also a critical element of the program to help improve their confidence, interpersonal and negotiation skills, and self-motivation.

For more information, please view the detailed role description.

If you are interested in apply for this exciting opportunity, please include the following in your application:

  • A covering letter addressing the selection criteria and your suitability for the role based on the skills, knowledge and abilities requirements outlined in the ad and role description (Maximum of 2 pages);
  • A current CV or Resume;
  • Copies of all relevant qualifications
  • The contact details of two professional referees, including your most recent line manager/s.

Applications Close on Friday 24 October 2016

Please forward your application to ytp@lovelifehope.com. For further information regarding this position, please contact Luke Owen at ytp@lovelifehope.com. This position is for an immediate start.

An Open Letter to the Australian Embassy

Tapachula, Chiapas martes, 16 agosto 2016

On the 1st August 2016, I, along with Francisco Chavez, son-­in­‐law and General Manager of Mision Mexico, and Katherine Alvayero, Medical Student and participant in Mision Mexico’s Adult Independent Program, had the pleasure to attend an event at the Australian Embassy Residency of the Ambasssador Dr. David Engel and Mrs Siriporn Nimmanop, to celebrate 50 years of Diplomatic Relations between Australia and Mexico, an event attended by His Excellency Sir Peter Cosgrove, Governor General of Australia and Lady Cosgrove.

It was a great honour to be asked to share a little of the history of Mision Mexico and the programs that we have in place to help the children in our care reach their full potential and become ‘the best that they can be’.

To my utter surprise, His Excellency the Governor General, presented me (on behalf of Alan and myself) with the Governor General’s Medal of recognition for the service we have provided for the children of Mexico and Central America.

It has been fifteen and a half years since Alan and I set foot on Mexican soil to begin a labour of love for children in need. It has been a long and laborious mission, but not without it’s rewards either. To see the children grow and develop and become fine upstanding young people has been worth any hardship on our part. It also has not been a solitary occupation. Alan and I could not have done any of this work without the support of so many whom have sacrificed their time and finances to support the work that we do.

To me, the Governor General’s medal, acknowledges the support and sacrifices of many (Love). It signifies the resilience of the children of Mexico and Central America (Life), and symbolizes the dreams that we have in the future (Hope).

Alan and I extend our sincere gratitude to His Excellency Sir Peter Cosgrove for his recognition of the service we have undertaken for Mexico and Central America’s children.

Thank you Ambassador Dr. David Engel and all at the Australian Embassy for your invitation and wonderful support.

To Lady Cosgrove and Mrs Siriporn Nimmanop, thank you, and it was a pleasure to meet you.

Yours Sincerely,

Pamela and Alan Skuse
Founders of Mision Mexico, Dando Amor, Vida y Esperanza A.C.

Support Candy – Emergency appendix operation

Two weeks ago we had to rush Candy, one of our teenage girls, to hospital for an emergency operation to remove her appendix. Sound familiar? Almost…

Below is the photograph we posted just over a month ago where she visited Alex in hospital for the same procedure.

We are so very fortunate to have her back at the house and recovering well however we urgently need your support to fund the operation.

DONATE NOW

Despite our wonderful doctors agreeing to complete the operation free of charge to show their support to Mision Mexico, medical costs in Mexico are high, and the emergency has left us with USD $1400 (£1050) worth of medical bills to pay.
If you have some spare change could you head to the My Donate page we have set up, which you can visit through the ‘Donate Now’ button below.
Rifle through the handbag, check between the couch cushions, up-end that spare change drawer and please donate. We are grateful for anything that you may be able to give at this time and welcome any well wishes for Candy on the page too if you would like to share them!!
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Gracias from everyone at Mision Mexico!

 

I Lost My Dream – Melbourne screening

Bartronica will host a screening of Stefan Hunt’s ‘I Lost My Dream’ this Thursday 4th August to raise funds and awareness of the work of Misión México, a children’s refuge in southern Mexico.

A true story about Moacir Zeledon, one of the children of the refuge, we are so lucky to be able to show two screenings of the 10 minute film on the night so be sure you get there early for one of the screenings below:

  • 6:30pm
  • 8:30pm

Venue: Basement, 335 Flinders Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000

Phone: (03) 9629 9921

The film will be a FREE screening however do think about showing your support through donations on the night or through the purchase of selected drinks and food.

This event is proudly supported by the team at Bartronica and Once Bitter. You can personally help provide love, opportunities and a future for children like Moacir by visiting lovelifehope.com or visiting our Facebook page.

Volunteers needed for exam time!

Hola friends of Mision Mexico,

We urgently need volunteers to come and assist us at Mision Mexico for the months of July, August and September.

The children are coming up to their end of year exams and will be commencing their summer holidays in July. We are looking for enthusiastic, caring and fun volunteers who are available over these holidays and into the new school year to be mentors, friends and teachers.

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 leave 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? We are also looking for volunteers with specific theatre, musical and artistic skills to run small programs with the children over the holidays.

Why Volunteer‬?

“What I enjoyed the most about my time ‪volunteering‬ at Mision Mexico was feeling part of the family and being accepted so fast! It reminded me that having a ‪family‬ that really cares for you and loves you is the most important thing in life and I need to appreciate more what life has offered me.

I will never forget Marli painting herself from head to toes on my first volunteer shift. Or my first ride in the bus to the beach, where we all squeezed in and were singing along with songs from Bruno Mars & Co. Or teaching the girls some choreography and seeing how much fun they had learning the dances. Mision Mexico was such a rewarding experience for me that my family and I have decided to become ‪Education‬ ‪Sponsors‬ for one of the little boys. I love that I can still be part of their journey even if I am no longer in ‪Mexico‬”.

Nicole, ‪Volunteer‬ 2014

Volunteers must be over 21 and commit to a 6 week minimum volunteering period.

If you, or someone you know, would like to volunteer with us in Tapachula or would like further information about our volunteer program or even 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!

Support the Chido Project

This month Mision Mexico proudly announced our fantastic partnership with the Chido Project, a 5 month art project which uses Street Art as a tool for empowerment and expression for disadvantaged children.

As well as working with our children at Mision Mexico, we will be inviting a number of children from the local beach community to enrol in the project, who currently have no access to school or creative workshops.

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The Chido team will be educating the children in street art history, holding weekly practical workshops, and are putting plans in place to get the children out into their local surrounding areas to paint murals that the whole community can enjoy. Our eldest children will also be given the opportunity to prepare a portfolio for transfer, personal use or career development.

Your support can help give our children the means to express themselves, learn new skills and release their creativity!

Please contact events@lovelifehope.com if you would like to become a project sponsor and help secure the art supplies and materials needed. Or make a small donation by clicking the link below and receive a reward from the Chido team.

Your support in spreading the word in your own communities to aid the project would mean a lot.

Support the project now

Love from everyone at Mision Mexico and The Chido Project

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