ANNUNCIATION HOUSE INC
Rating: 5 stars 1 1 review
Issues: Homeless & Housing
Location: 815 Myrtle Ave El Paso TX 79901 USA
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Annunciation House is a faith-based organization that provides relief and assistance to migrants stranded in the dysfunctions of the US-Mexico mid-border region, including Mexicans and Central Americans. A number of these people are women and children abandoned or left to fend for themselves when the male head of household crosses to find work somewhere in the US. A number of these people have been abused, severely injured, or otherwise traumatized by their journey to the north and/or their experiences in the border region itself. AH also provides in-depth orientation for interested outsiders to conditions faced by these people.
A number of years ago I brought a mixed Univ of NM class of graduates and undergraduates to spend a weekend under the auspices of AH. We stayed in a low-income neighborhood on the western edge of Cd. Juarez, visited with local people, toured in the area including a visit to the Mexican side of the border fence. Most importantly from the perspective of personal experience, we had to agree to spend no more on food that what would be earned by an average maquiladora factory worker...which led to some profound learning by our students.
The Annunciation House is supported by the work of volunteers from around the country, many of whom are young adults. Their spirit and energy are uplifting.
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