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This post is created from people worldwide behind the scenes at Misión México

Color Run to raise money for Alex

Last week we had to rush Alex, one of our teenage boys, to hospital for an emergency operation to remove his appendix.

Due to some complications Alex was kept in hospital for a few days. Thankfully Alex is now back at home and happily recovering but the operation, aftercare and medication has left us with a USD $1,500 (£1,100) bill to pay.

Our huge family of 35 kids, staff, volunteers and extended friends have decided to take part in this year’s 5k Carrera De Color (5k Color Run) on the 8th May 2016 to raise the necessary funds for Alex, but we need some global support to help us hit our target!

Please visit our MyDonate page and donate any spare change you may have, big or small, and send lots of cheers and good luck to our runners on the day.

Our Color Runners start the day in a white t-shirt, getting covered from head to toe in a rainbow of colours at each kilometre of the 5k course. All of Mision Mexico is taking part with the choice to run, walk, skip or dance their way around if they feel like it.

The Color Run, “The Happiest 5k on the Planet,” is a global event to promote healthiness and happiness bringing families and communities together.

It’s all about the fun and creating the biggest smiles for Alex to see!

Gracias from everyone at Mision Mexico!

Pam’s December 2015 Newsletter

Every three months, Pam, the co-founder of Misión México, writes an exclusive update on what has been going on at the orphanage. In the newsletter you can read about the new children, read exciting news and hear all about the refuge’s latest events, straight from the mother of the house!

You can subscribe to our newsletter for free, for a unique and heart-warming insight to life at Misión México.

Get a glimpse of life in Tapachula today, by reading our December 2015 newsletter.

An Open Letter to Deborah Grossman

As the festive season approaches and the year draws to an end, we always try and reflect over the year and give thanks for all our blessings. Alan and I are always extremely thankful to our many supporters and volunteers, without whom we would not be able to run Misión México. However, this year we would like to give a personal and public thank you to one person in particular who has been a very special part of our Misión México family for the last 8 years.

In 2006 The Australian Women’s Weekly magazine ran a story about the work Alan and I were doing with abandoned, abused and neglected children in the Mexican border town of Tapachula, Chiapas.

This story was in the same edition as the story of the tragic loss of the crocodile legend, Steve Irwin. The October 2006 edition of the magazine was a sellout due to this sad story. It is always sad when someone benefits because of someone else’s misfortune, though this was not our intention, it did mean that our story was read by many more people than expected. We had actually given up hope of ever getting our story published in the magazine, as it was over 18 months since we were interviewed, but as always, it was God’s perfect timing.

One of the people who read that article was a beautiful Scottish lady living in Australia, who followed up in 2007 by volunteering at the refuge for five months. Since then and up until recently Deborah Grossman had been fully involved with Misión México. She became the backbone of the refuge and not only volunteered on-site, but also worked from Australia and the U.K. in numerous areas, including revamping the website, establishing and concreting sponsorships, finding grants and business support, and connecting us to a network of people who to this day continue to support the children of Misión México. She herself became Sammy’s Education Sponsor a number of years ago, helping us to ensure he receives a good education.

In 2012 Deborah blessed us further by being the driving force behind Misión México U.K, a registered U.K charity which allowed Deborah to grow our supporter base, volunteer network and funding streams across the U.K. Once an area of the world where we had limited connections, we now have business sponsors, individual donors, schools and universities all raising funds and awareness for our children. Misión México U.K also has a talented Board of Trustees who all do a fantastic job for us under Deborah’s leadership as Chairman of the Board.

The work that Deborah has done was from the heart, she had a passion; a passion to help those less fortunate, and she seriously went beyond the ‘call of duty’! It is without doubt that Misión México would not be where it is today had Deborah not come onboard. The love, enthusiasm, hard work and dedication of this amazing woman was outstanding.

Deborah has recently retired from ‘active service on the front line’ for Misión México and will be greatly missed. It was not without tears on our part, and also Deborah’s, to accept her resignation. She will continue her role as Chairman of the UK Board, and will always be part of our large family.

Thank you Debs for everything that you have done for the children of Misión México, but also, thank you for your love, friendship and compassion.

We want you to know that we love and appreciate you and wish you well in your new adventure. And I am sure that many people all over the world will be wishing you the same. Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year to all!

Love Pam & Alan Skuse, and all the kids at Mision Mexico 

Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

I Lost My Dream

I Lost My Dream – Trailer from Stefan Hunt on Vimeo.

We are so proud to share the trailer for Stefan Hunt’s (Somewhere Near Tapachula) new short film I Lost My Dream which follows the true story of our very own Moacir Zeledon. And trust us when we say, it is another beautifully filmed and extremely moving piece of art I Lost My Dream premiered at the Heart Of Gold Film Festival (Australia) AND picked up a.n award at the DC Adventure Film Festival (USA) this month! Further screenings are taking place at the following film festivals prior to release:

Grab your amigos and come and be inspired! Watch the full length movie of I Lost My Dream

Congrats Stefan Hunt on creating another masterpiece, and to his super talented crew behind this production including Campbell Brown, Jonny Higgins, Matt Fehrenbach, Robbie Warden, Joel Russell, Mark Blondel, Jonno Durrant, Moacir Zeledon, Pamela Skuse, and the kids of Mision Mexico.

Misión México NYC Benefit

After the success of our last NYC event we are once again bringing a little piece of Misión México to New York City on Thursday 12 November 2015 with the help of Shortlist Agency.

Join our celebration with cocktails, canapes (courtesy of Two Hands), live Latino entertainment, a silent auction and door prizes. Attendees will also be amongst the first people in NYC to view the award winning short film I Lost My Dream.

Tickets are limited so get in quick!

All proceeds of the benefit will help to enable a secure future for our kids.

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Misión México Annual Quiz Night – Glasgow

Calling all Glaswegians! Love trivia? Love prizes? Love a good cause? Come along to our Annual Mexican Quiz Fundraiser on Sunday 8 November at the Giffnock North A.A.C.

Enjoy delicious Mexican food from Taco Mazama Mexican Kitchen, live entertainment by Vicki Kilpatrick and prizes from MexGrocer.co.uk, Dear Green Coffee Roasters​, LaTiendita – Mexican Food & Candy​, Kankun Sauce​ and many more.

Tickets available now – teams of 6-8 people. Contact deborah@lovelifehope.com or visit the event on our Facebook page for more information.

All proceeds donated to the children at the Misión México. Gracias amigos!

Glasgow's Annual Quiz Night

Easter time wish for an education

This Easter become an education sponsor and help make a child’s dream become a reality.

Did you know that many of our children have never attended school before arriving at Mision Mexico and that the lack of education is one of the most significant contributing factors to poverty in Mexico?

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Here we strive to break the cycle of poverty by teaching the children in our care about the importance of education, ensuring every child is enrolled in school and giving them opportunities to gain employment. Through the generous support of our education sponsors we have 10 children in our homeschool program, 26 attending primary and secondary school and 5 in university.

By becoming an education sponsor or making a one off donation you can witness the life-changing difference made possible through your support. Continue reading

Volunteer Manager position filled!

We have found a Volunteer Manager to support our Volunteer Program in Tapachula, Mexico.

The main purpose of the Volunteer Manager is to ensure that an adequate supply of volunteers are available to meet the needs of Misión México and to manage and co-ordinate the volunteers in Tapachula.

The role is immensely important, both at the ground level in the day to day work of the refuge, and to the greater vision for Misión México. We have found an individual that acknowledges and practices these values and who can identify and follow through with the continual improvement and development of volunteer work with Misión México.

Jacob and Marli in 2013

Volunteer Jacob and Marli in 2013

Treasurer sought for UK Charity Board of Trustees

We are looking for a skilled financier/accountant to act as our Treasurer for Misión México  (UK) to join our excellent Board of Trustees.

Our Board is spread across the UK, and meet up four times a year in London. This would be the  minimum commitment we would require although you can be as proactive as
you want to be. We also have monthly conference calls via Skype.

Who are we looking for?
As a financial specialist, your responsibilities would include (but not be limited to)
maintaining an overview of Misión México (UK)’s accounts,  preparing our end of year reports, completing quarterly analysis, and ensuring we are complying with our accounting and
financial regulatory requirements.

If you are interested in joining us and would like to know more, please email us at info@lovelifehope.com

Our new Mision Mexico Surf Board

Our new Mision Mexico Surf Board

board meeting June 2013

board meeting June 2013

The Moustache Party Fundraiser is back!

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It’s back… our annual Moustache Party Fundraiser on Wednesday 26 November at Tonteria,  London, celebrating the Mexican Revolution and raising money for our kids.

Mexican inspired drinks, delicious Mexican burritos, salsas and canapes sponsored by Chipotle and Kankun sauce, live music, revolution raffle, live auction, moustache competition, Mexican mayhem prize draw, free face painting to create personalised tache and much more….

Early bird tickets available until 8 November.

Proceeds will be used for the education and youth transition programs – critical to ensure these children have the best opportunity to escape the poverty and abuse they were born into and have a future they can look forward to.

Last years’ event was incredible but this year we’re doing it bigger and better.

Awesome prizes including food, music, beauty, well being and holidays, generously donated by companies including Peyote, Dermalogica, Rolls Royce, Fabric, Cyclebeat and Bikram Hot Yoga.

The party is proudly sponsored by Tonteria, Kankun Sauce, Chipotle and Jose Cuervo tequila.

Start growing your tache now and join us at our Fiesta!

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Moustache Party 2013

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Biggest tache in town