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El Día Del Niño celebrated in Glasgow

Mexican Family Fun Day

Saturday 25 April 2015, 1-4pm at the Old Barn, Glasgow

Men at work

What are we celebrating?

A fabulous family fun day to raise funds for Mision Mexico celebrating Children’s Day, ‘El Día Del Niño’. 

Why are we celebrating El Día Del Niño?

This is a national holiday in Mexico and is celebrated as a tribute to children in Mexico on April 30.

Children’s Day has been celebrated annually in Mexico since 1925. Children are recognized as an important part of society so the day focuses on the importance of loving, accepting and appreciating children.

How are we celebrating El Día Del Niño?

We’ll be celebrating Children’s Day in Glasgow with picnics on the lawn (BYO), delicious home baking, magic shows, balloon modelling, face painting, nail art, music and a bit of Mexican fun thrown in too!

By joining our party in Glasgow you’ll be celebrating the children in your lives as well as those in Mision Mexico.

The sun came out and we raised £1700 for our Youth Transition Program!

A HUGE thank you to all everyone who turned up to enjoy the afternoon as well as our sponsors and volunteers.

The event pics are here for you to enjoy.


For more information please contact info@lovelifehope.com or visit and join our Facebook event for updates on activities


Come and get your dose of vitamin ‘T’ at Mission’s Mexican Festival!

Mexfest 2014

Mexfest 2014

Tacos, tamales, tortas, tortillas and tostadas will all be on offer when Melbourne’s Federation Square transforms into a mini Mexico for MEXfest on Sunday 14 September – a festival which is proudly supporting Misión México!new balance shoes

We’re lucky enough to be part of the third annual Mexican celebration, where local foods, artists and education activities will be taking place for all ages to coincide with Mexican Independence Day.

We’ll have a Misión México store set up to help promote and spread the news of our wonderful cause.


There will be a raffle to win a surfboard kindly donated by Global Surf Industries and the Somewhere Near Tapachula DVDs will be for sale as T-shirts and wristbands. Face Painters will be at the stall to paint Aztec designs for the kids!

All funds raised will be donated to the children.

We’re excited to announce that Director, Alan Skuse and our Misión México (UK) Chairperson Deborah Grossman will both be attending, along with Moacir, one of the young mean who lived with Pam and Alan for seven years.

So if you’ll be in or around Melbourne on Sunday 14 September, drop by Federation Square to say hello and dose up on some tasty vitamin T!

Hasta luego amigos!


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Mission’s Mexican Festival

Father’s Day – reminding us that not all men are bad!

One of life’s strangest paradoxes is that despite holding the dominant position in the professional, social and often private arena, men have a really bad reputation. It could be argued that this is justified to a certain degree by the seemingly endless stories we see in the media or hear through the proverbial grape vine of men who have used their physical stature, positions of power or the cultural conveniences into which they are born to hurt those within their reach. Of course, we should not deny, nor ignore those stories. However, we should remember that there are many men to celebrate and Father’s Day is the perfect day to do that.

As we did in our post Inspiring Change for Women. Is it a man’s job? father’s day is another   occasion to celebrate men who commit themselves to being good fathers, husbands, neighbours, teachers and friends.  One of these men is Alan Skuse, a self-confessed: ‘“husband, father, grandfather, worker, director (of the orphanage),  surfer and  sportsman.? So how is he getting on with the ‘father’ bit? We asked his children!

Griselda, 19 years.
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Griselda, studying in last year of school

“Fathers are there to teach us the meaning of love, respect, honesty, humility, patience, friendship, but above all to never give up. Papa taught me that when people fall they need to learn to get up. He showed me that surfing could be a way to overcome my past. I never knew that passion for something could be so strong to help you rebuild and now I understand that my life is important. More important than anything, within a few weeks of arriving at Mission Mexico he gained my trust and became my father. He has shown me that a father is someone who is there for you every day.”

Maria, 18 years.

Maria, studying at hgh school

Maria, studying at hgh school

“It is a fathers job to love and take care of us. Papa teaches me to be a great person  and that you need to behave well and be a good person in everything you do. He tells us to follow our dreams. I love it when he spends time with us on Sundays playing football.”

Delmar, 19 years.

Delmar, skateboarding and surfing are favoutire past times

Delmar, skateboarding and surfing are favoutire past times

“Father’s are there to take care of their children. When he realised that I had gone through difficult times he taught me to give up drugs and follow a good path. What I like about him is that he gives me advice.”

Lupita, 16 years

Lupita has been with Alan and Pam since she was a little girl

“It is a father’s job to take care and give us the support when we need it. He helps us understand how to behave well in order to be a better person in the future and has taught me how to be a good example to the younger children and to respect the volunteers, I love it when he spends time with us and we enjoy ourselves.”

Happy Father’s Day Alan and thank you for reminding us that many men have a lot to be proud of!

Mama, Papa and kids

Mother’s Day – Motherhood, tough but worth it!

This Mother’s day we asked Pamela Skuse to tell us what it is really like being “Mamá” to so many children at Misión México. Motherhood is certainly interesting!

It’s certainly been a challenge to be mother to numerous children from dysfunctional backgrounds, linked by the curse of poverty. Raising six children was a challenge in itself, but then to take on the responsibility of children who are each carrying scars of abuse and suffering, in a developing country, hasn’t been easy.

Though, through all the hardships of raising such children, I have learnt so much and to love unconditionally. In return, I have received love in abundance.

Pam, Luis, Daniela & Marli

Pam, Luis, Daniela & Marli

How wonderful for me to see each of these children grow and develop talents that would have remained untapped if they had not come into the love and security of this very big family.

I won’t lie; it’s been an incredibly hard journey, but also so satisfying now to see that the children are finally challenging themselves to become ‘the best that they can be’.

At times, when I have felt like I have failed with one child or another, due to them leaving too soon, before they reached their full potential, I am reminded that I wasn’t promised that I would see an end result, but that I was called to be part of their journey.

I was reminded of this one day when I was at an intersection in Tapachula when I heard; ‘Mamá!’, yelled out by a street kid, and was greeted with a huge smile and a kiss on the cheek, it was then that I knew that by showing love through caring for this boy, be it for a short time, still made a difference in his life. At that moment, though I was humbled, I also felt a sense of pride that I was part of his journey.

My role as a mother in this magical country called Mexico, is to love and nurture; to love these children unconditionally, and to provide each child with the security and opportunities to help them develop so that they can reach their full potential, and this, I will try to do to the best of my abilities until I am called from this world.

Pam and Maria flying high

Pam and Maria flying high