Enrique's Journey by Sonia Nazario

How you can help

Want to help? You can donate funds or volunteer at two organizations featured in the book:

Church in Northern Mexico that runs an immigrant shelter:
Parroquia de San Jose
Attn: Father Leonardo Lopez Guajardo
Apartado 26
Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas
Codigo Postal 88000
Phone: 011-52-867-712-8145.

Father Leo founded this shelter for migrants. At the end of this website there is information in English and a way to email or call the shelter if you want to help:


You can offer to volunteer your time, or send monetary or other donations by contacting the shelter at this email: casamigrantenl@yahoo.com

View a video of Father Leo's shelter

Shelter in Southern Mexico run by Olga Sanchez Martinez that helps immigrants hurt by the train, the Albergue Jesús el Buen Pastor del pobre y el Migrante:

Albergue Jesús el Buen Pastor del pobre y el Migrante
Attn: Olga Sanchez Martinez

Entronque a Raymundo Enriquez

Tapachula, Chiapas


C.P. 30820

Phone: 011-52-962-153-2995 or 011-52-962-621-1771

The following website has a link with instructions on how to send money directly via paypal (to be used for prosthesis, medicine, blood units, surgeries and reconstructive surgical materials): www.alberguebuenpastor.org.mx

Or send donations directly by going to www.paypal.com and sending them to the following email: alberguejesuselbuenpastor@yahoo.com.mx

You can also contact Aracy Matus Sanchez, Olga's daughter, at that website with questions but be advised that she only speaks Spanish.

Finally, you can send donations through your bank to:

Albergue Jesus El Buen Pastor del Pobre y el Migrante A.C.

BANAMEX, Sucursal/Branch 4196

Cta./account 93524

Donations from abroad please add the following: Iban/Swift 002133419600935248

View a video about Olga and her shelter

Las Mujeres de La Patrona/The Ladies of La Patrona

From a small town in Veracruz, Mexico, the women of this pueblo go above and beyond their means in order to help feed migrants that cling to the tops of boxcars. Read about these wonderful women at Citizen Orange.

There are updates and also several ways to help, including donations of clothing, food, as well as money, listed on their blog:

Visit the La Patrona blogspot

Or email them at ayudapatrona@hotmail.com to find out other ways in which you can help.


Other Ways to Help
Consume “fair trade” products, such as coffee and clothing, where the people who produce these goods in Latin America are guaranteed a living wage.

Honduras Threads helps women in Honduras sew beautiful embroidered pillow cases. The cases are sold on their website. Also, M'Lou Bancroft, who started the organization in Dallas and heads it for free, can help you set up a party to sell the cases, which are works of art. M'Lou started this effort after a 2002 church mission to Honduras, and she now helps employ 80 women in Tegucigalpa. You can see their products here.

M'Lou believes the solution to the migration issue is to help provide women in Honduras with work that allows them to feed and clothe their children so they don't feel forced to leave for the United States. Sonia Nazario serves on Honduras Threads' advisory board.

Fair Trade Federation screens organizations according to rigorous fair trade guidelines.

Equal Exchange sells fair trade coffee and other products, through churches and retail

Dean's Beans gives $3 of every pound you pay for their Honduran coffee to EcoLogic, non-profit that helps ensure clean water for communities in rural Honduras.

SERRV has an online catalog of fair trade clothing and gifts

Fair Indigo sells fair trade clothing and gifts

Readers Suggest
Readers have sent me many suggestions of groups that work to create jobs in Central America and Mexico so mothers can stay in their home countries--with their children.

The Adelante Project in Honduras

The Chiapas Project of the Grameen Foundation

The Global Fund for Women

Kiva, where you fund microcredit loans directly to an individual.

Trickle Up

Accion International

Women's World Banking

Hispanics in Philanthropy

Xela Aid

Women's Empowerment International

Heifer International

Global Partnerships

Project Concern

Cafe Feminino Project and Foundation

Pachamama Cooperative, fair trade coffee