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Mision Posible III

Our amigos at Guzman y Gomez are hosting their 3rd annual charity fundraiser in Sydney!

With the goal of once again raising over $100,000 for our children at Misión México, this years fiesta will be bigger and better than ever before!

Come along and enjoy Mexican inspired canapés, beverages (including unlimited Tommy Magarita’s), cool tunes from Scotty Sax & Co, a raffle and access to bid on exclusive auction items.

Event Details

Date: Thursday 12 October 2017
Where: Darlo Country Club; 235 Victoria St, Darlinghurst
Time: 6-11pm
Tickets: $160 each or secure 1 of only 5 Platinum booths (10pax) for $2,200

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Online Auction

Join us at this fabulous fiesta, which will be attended by Pamela Skuse, Mum and founder of Misión México. If you are unable to attend the party, you can still take part in this years online auction and have the chance to bid for one of the AMAZING experiences on offer, or simply make a donation to help us reach our fundraising target.

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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.

Popup painting in London’s East End

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 ticketwith 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!

 

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Love from everyone at Mision Mexico.

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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.