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.
“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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Come and be part of our family and help keep our beautiful children smiling!
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.
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 email@example.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.
Love from everyone at Mision Mexico and The Chido Project
On 22 June Mision Mexico is partnering with Popup Painting to bring a little bit of Mexican art to London’s East End, with you staring as the artist!
With a wine glass in one hand, and a paintbrush in the other, follow along as our artist facilitator guides you to recreate one of Frida Kahlo’s world famous paintings. You will leave with your creativity unleashed and your own piece of artwork under your arm, no experience necessary.
Your evening will include all art supplies (including paint, aprons and canvas), a Mexican themed playlist, artist facilitation and a chance to meet our London amigos. One free drink is included in the price of your ticket, with additional drinks available for purchase at the bar.
A percentage of all tickets sales will be donated to Mision Mexico’s Education Program which ensures all of our children attend school and have the opportunity to get an education, a critical step in ensuring the cycle of poverty is broken and the children have the chance to create a future for themselves.
Please, grab your friends and come join us for a night full of Mexican colour and culture!
Love from everyone at Mision Mexico.
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!
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.
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.
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:
- Noosa Surf Film Festival on 24 October (Australia)
- Sydney Indie Film Festival on 24 October, 2pm (Australia)
- Surf at Lisbon Film Festival 30 October – 2 November (Portugal)
- Save The Waves Film Festival 7 – 20 November (San Diego, Dana Point, Austin, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, Mexico).
- Lorne Film Festival 12-15 November (Australia)
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.
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.
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.
All proceeds donated to the children at the Misión México. Gracias amigos!