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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


Celebrating Day of the Dead Melbourne style!

Please join us at the Catrina Festival in Melbourne on Saturday 1 November to celebrate Day Of the Dead like never before! Live music, film and authentic Mexican food and drinks! Get your face painted and raise money for for our kids!

“Long live the dead!? Catrina said. During this unique evening local artists will build an altar structure to honour the departed, aiming to bring their memory back to life.

Get involved and honour the dead with us. Enjoy the altar exhibition and vote for your favourite one!

Free entry from 17:00 – 18:30; Ticketed event starts 19:00

La catrina Festival Melb nov 2014

Where’s your Sombrero mate? Mexican culture in Victoria


Where’s your Sombrero Mate Coffee Book

We at Misión Méxio love stories. We love telling them, we love listening to them and we love sharing them with the world. In fact, we don’t just love stories; we believe that they are hugely powerful. Story telling has been the way in which humans have communicated with each other since time began; we use them to pass on wisdom, to travel to other times and places, to entertain and to explore who we are in relation to this big bad world we live in. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of story telling is how you tell it using words, photography, art, music and dance.

You can imagine how excited we are then, to be working with Mexican born photographer, Sergio Villasenor Ramirez, the mind behind Smoking Mirror Photography. A fellow story teller and advocate for Mexican culture, he has created a beautiful coffee book with the support of the Mexican Social and Cultural Association in Victoria entitled Where’s your Sombrero mate? to tell the story of Mexican people living in Melbourne, Australia. Not only that, he is donating all proceeds to Misión México!

We asked Sergio why he decided to support us:

“Being a Mexican living in Australia I felt compelled to support Misión México as it felt like I was giving back a little bit to both countries at the same time. Chiapas is a beautiful but one of the poorest places in Mexico; crime and violence run rampant.  The fact that (Australian born) Pam and Alan decided to stay there for good and endure all kind of problems and risks in order to support these kids says a lot about them.  And that is what I like about Misión México: it is an act of love.?

And he has decided to support this act of love with a labour of love. We are incredibly proud to be working with creative story tellers such as Sergio. Please do have a look at his beautiful website: http://www.smokingmirrorphoto.com and his fantastic book Where is your Sombrero mate?. If you do nothing else today, tell someone a story!


Cinco de Mayo – representing empowerment

As a trustee on the Misión México (UK) board I felt it appropriate to highlight a major day on the Mexican calendar Cinco de Mayo, or the 5th of May.

History of Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867).

Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with big Mexican communities outside Mexico. Cinco de Mayo traditions include parades, mariachi music performances and street festivals in cities and towns across Mexico and picnics.

For me, Cinco de Mayo represents inspiration, love and empowerment. History tells us that the French army was bigger, trained and better equipped than the group of Mexicans that got together to defend the country they loved against yet another invasion.

That is why Cinco de Mayo reminds me of the love I have for my country, it inspires me to be the best I can be because if you do something for the right reasons and with all your passion, there is always a chance of Victory!

Empowerment, I know that sometimes we Mexicans forget our history, at least, I know I do, but if I read it, I feel empowered because I love our pre-hispanic roots, our cuisine, and in general our culture. Although the country faces challenges and social inequality we can all make the difference.

These are some of the reasons why I support Misión México because they empower all the kids to be the best they can be. The kids at Misión México have suffered unspeakable things, but after a few months at Misión México we can see how they get better and they start playing and dreaming, just like every kid deserves it.

Pam and Alan, founders of Misión México give them the love and support they need to empower these kids. I invite you to read their story and support Misión México in any way you can. Why not create a Mexican fiesta and fundraise for us, please read this article on how to put together a Cinco de Mayo celebration and get some ideas rolling. Also read the Mision Mexico fundraising tips.

Hasta la próxima amigos,

Laura Vanessa Muñoz
Trustee of the Board
Misión México (UK)