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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

Missed the big wave surfing feature with Andrew Cotton? Watch the full program here…..

suring the big waves

Our UK surf ambassador, Andrew Cotton, featured on 60 Minutes Australia last Sunday night. He was interviewed about his passion for big wave surfing.
For those of you who missed it you can watch the full program here.
We asked Andrew about being on this popular program:
“I couldn’t believe it when I got a email from the guys at 60minutes Australia saying they wanted to interview me, I thought they we’re kidding.
They came over and spent 3 days in North Devon where I live and work.”
He hasn’t seen the finished piece yet but was really “stoked by the feedback it received from everyone in Australia who watched it.”

Well done Andrew – we’re ‘stoked’ to have you on board with us!

Riding the wave

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Riding the Monster Waves – our UK surf ambassador Andrew Cotton talks to 60 Minutes Australia

Not the surf break at Mision Mexico!  Andrew Cotton big wave riding

Our UK surf ambassador, Devon born Andrew Cotton, talks to 60 Minutes Australia’s Tara Brown about mastering the world’s biggest waves on Sunday night 8pm Sydney local time.

Andrew hit the headlines surfing a monster 8oft wave last October at Nazare, Portugal.

Andrew Cotton was born in Plymouth and grew up on the North Devon Coast where he first started surfing at the age of seven. Ever since then, catching waves and being in and around the ocean has been his life.
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When he left school he worked in a local surfboard factory until the age of twenty-five. He then re-trained as a plumber, but along the way began to realise that his real passion lay in big wave surfing. Initially Andrew focussed on helping to pioneer big wave spots in Ireland, and more recently he turned his attention to Nazare, Portugal. Numerous Billabong XXL entries followed and he came to wider attention in 2012 when he towed American surfer Garrett McNamara into what the Guinness Book of World Records confirmed as the biggest wave ever surfed.

Since then Andrew has a number of indisputably big waves under his belt, one or two of which have caused debate in the press as to whether they are even bigger than Garret’s record. With the national and global media coverage that followed, it might be said that he has been helping to push the boundaries as to what was thought possible and put Great Britain firmly on the surfing map.

Andrew became our UK surf ambassador in 2012 after the UK charity was established to raise funds for the children in Tapachula.

Andrew also said it was the passion for surfing and the great story behind Misión México that enticed him to get involved with us:

“Seeing the video Somewhere near Tapachula about the kids at Misión México and what Alan and Pamela Skuse were doing there really inspired me. Surfing has brought so much happiness into my life and seeing it do the same for these kids was amazing,? said the big wave professional surfer.

Andre’s sponsors include Tiki Surf Company Mercedes-Benz Vito Sport SunGod Sunglasses Bay Fitness Lifedge @dryrobe Mercedes-Benz South West and Island Tribe UK


Andrew and Katie Cotton with their children

Andrew’s wife, and mother of their two children, is not a surfing fan; “surfing doesn’t float my boat?. But she understands Andrew’s approach to what he does:
It’s a strong drive that he’s got and a fierce passion. And that’s admirable – he’s a good role model,? she said.

We’re delighted to have Andrew representing our surfing programme and supporting our efforts in the UK.

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Surf’s up! – Celebrate International Surf Day at Mision Mexico

Kick off the work shoes, put on the swim-suit and prepare yourself for a day of fun in the sun and a bunch of waves on Friday, June 20 because we’re celebrating International Surfing Day!

This International Surfing DayFriday 20 June, we encourage you celebrate how the ocean has not only influenced your life but our children’s lives too.

Our kids heavily depend on the ocean not only for fun, but also as a form of healing and an escape from their traumatic pasts. Our unique surfing program has helped our children find confidence in themselves and a belief that they can achieve anything they want to.

“It excites me and fills me with adrenaline, being on the water is a special feeling

International Surfing Day is a celebration of the sport and the lifestyle it has created around the world, as well as the sustainability of our ocean’s resources.

Our very own surf ambassador and famous professional big wave surfer, Andrew Cotton, echoes these thoughts and loves the celebration of International Surfing Day each year.

Surf ambassador Andrew Cotton

Surf ambassador Andrew Cotton

“It’s a great way to promote and educate people about surfing and all the positives it can bring into peoples lives,? he said.

“Sport in general has a really positive impact for health and mindset. There’s no better way to spend time, it keeps you fit and healthy but more importantly it’s so much fun,? Andrew added.

Andrew also said it was the passion for surfing and the great story behind Misión México that enticed him to get involved with us!new balance mr 870

“Seeing the video Somewhere near Tapachula about the kids at Misión México and what Alan and Pamela Skuse were doing there really inspired me. Surfing has brought so much happiness into my life and seeing it do the same for these kids was amazing,? said the big wave professional surfer.

You can help Misión México and Andrew celebrate this great day around the world by sharing your favourite surf photos with us on Instagram  and Twitter  or why not come and volunteer with us and join the Mision Mexico surf community!

So have a surf, have some fun, and know that on International Surfing Day we at Misión México are thanking you from the bottom of our hearts – hopefully with good waves and plenty of sun!

Surfs up!

Thumbs up for Andrew's teaching skills!

Thumbs up for Andrew’s teaching skills!

Introducing our newest partner KANKUN® Mexican Sauces

We are very excited to introduce to you our most recent partner KANKUN® Mexican Sauces; a business born out of a secret family recipe guarded for generations by the Cardenas family. This family business, headed up by Rolando Cardenas, have committed to supporting Misión México’s mission to bring love, life and hope to the children of Mexico. Rolando writes in his blog:

Thinking about my childhood, I only have happy memories.  However, there are hundreds of children in Mexico that live on the street, without the same luck I had or many of you had. Therefore, an ethos of KANKUN® Mexican Sauces is to share our success with the unprivileged children in Mexico; my native country the inspiration behind my sauce.

KANKUN® Mexican Sauces is delighted to announce that we have chosen Misión México as our main charity to support at the heart of our corporate social responsibility. Misión México is an inspiring and fantastic project – motivating our team to sell more and more sauces.?

Misión México are delighted to partner up with a fantastic organisation that believes in the importance of running a sustainable business and who believe in supporting the communities they work in, export to, come from and reside in are supported. We are honoured to be chosen as KANKUN® Mexican Sauces’ charity partner and we thank them for committing to the following support:

  • Donating funds to enable Misión México to provide a loving, secure family home for severely disadvantaged children of all ages from backgrounds of extreme poverty and abuse
  • Encouraging fans of KANKUN® Mexican Sauces products to get involved by directing them to the Misión México pages where donations can be made, and how you can sponsor a child
  • Engaging with key stakeholders to spread the message of the great work that Misión México has been conducting with the children of Mexico. Generating more awareness of the current issues in the country so that more aid is provided.

Our Chairperson of Misión México (UK), Deborah Grossman says,

?We are delighted that  KANKUN® Mexican Sauces has chosen Misión México to be their charity partner. It is wonderful to know that entrepreneurs like Rolando understand the importance of Corporate Social Responsibility and are keen to support the charity sector. Having a partner who shares our vision and appreciates our values are key and we certainly have those with KANKUN® Mexican Sauces. Our children rely on the support of organisations like this, and individuals like Rolando to help them live a life full of love and hope, family and education. We are very excited about this new partnership and its growth.?