Saturday, February 3, 2018

A Quick Winter Visit from Mexico to Calgary

Xalpitzahuac is one of the coldest places (temperature-wise) in La Montaña,
and Marcelino appreciates having firewood for cooking and for warmth

It is not unusual for Canadians to escape from the cold winter of Canada and travel to a southern destination where there is sun and warmth. I did the opposite a few weeks ago: I traveled from Mexico to Regina and Calgary for a quick visit. And, yes, I noticed the difference in climate (to say the least).
Give me Mexico's climate...
As many people familiar with Mission Mexico (MMEX) know, MMEX has been an outreach project of the Diocese of Calgary for more than fifteen years. MMEX was founded by Father Fred Monk in 1999, initially as a parish project in Cochrane, after a visit to the mountains here in the State of Guerrero, Mexico. Later, Bishop Fred Henry endorsed the project as a diocesan effort.
A card drawn by Paty Gasca to assist in Mission Mexico's fundraising efforts
Now, in 2018, Father Fred Monk has retired from parish ministry, and the Diocese of Calgary has a new bishop—William T. McGrattan was installed as Calgary’s eighth bishop on February 27, 2017. And Mission Mexico will now be coordinated by the diocesan Mission Council; this council is coordinated by Sister Rita Kim, f.m.m. In reality, these are now my new “bosses.”
Bishop William T. McGrattan and Sister Rita Kim, f.m.m.—my thanks to both
Since Sister Rita and Bishop McGrattan had never met me, I went to Calgary to talk with them personally about the projects that MMEX is supporting and about their impact on the lives of the impoverished indigenous people of the Mountain. I brought with me messages of greeting and gratitude from many people from this area, including Tlapa’s present bishop, Dagoberto Sosa Arriaga.
The coordinating council of the Champagnat High School of the Mountain sent their thanks for support
I had the good fortune to stay for a few days in the FCJ Christian Life Centre, in downtown Calgary. The hospitality offered by the FCJ sisters and the personnel there was incredible.
The FCJ Christian Life Centre—what a beautiful blessing for Calgary
I had a wonderful supper in Cochrane with Father Fred Monk and other members of the Mission Mexico committee that had collaborated with him in the past. My gratitude is extended to all of these wonderful individuals. Leslie Davies, I am sorry that you couldn’t be there that night.
Thank you, Joann, Fred, Mary Anna, Warren, and John
I spent quality time with Father Fred Monk and Sister Rita Kim as we talked about the continuing support that the Diocese of Calgary hopes to offer to the people in this poorest region of Mexico. Father Fred is considered a hero and a saint here by the local people, and hopefully the future will allow him to visit here again. Sister Rita, thanks for your willingness to oversee these important life-changing projects.
It's impossible to express my gratitude adequately to Sister Rita and Father Fred...
The Mission Council supports projects both at home (especially the four First Nations’ Reserves located within the Diocese of Calgary) and abroad. A special subcommittee has been formed to assist the Mission Mexico projects. My gratitude goes out to the volunteers who offer their time and energy to help make MMEX possible. Hopefully you too will come to visit here in the mountains of Guerrero.
Jeff Hagel and Chandra Schubert, two members of  the Mission Mexico subcommitee...thanks
It was a quick visit—but most productive. There was not much free time. I did make a quick visit to St. Mary’s Senior High School, where I was a teacher in the late 70s and early 80s. I admit that just standing in the hallway was emotional for me, mostly for the sense of gratitude for having been allowed to know such incredible students and teachers. 
I couldn’t help but wonder what my life would have been like if I hadn’t moved to Mexico to accompany
 Father Lawrence Moran, OSB, in 1982.
And there were just a few times that I could meet up with old friends, most of whom I had not seen in some thirty years. These visits were extra “bonuses” in my four days in Calgary. Next time I hope to have a little more time (hee hee, that is a warning, Cathy and Rene Proulx, and Margot and Len Lang, and…).
Thanks, Erika and Jess Nieukerk (especially for the mole supper), Kathy Murphy, James Murphy,
Teri McKinnon (née MacDonald), Janet and Edwin Malate, and Father Greg Coupal
Thank you to everyone who made this trip such a blessed experience, and thank you to all of the good people in the Diocese of Calgary (and elsewhere) who support Mission Mexico and nourish the struggles and the hopes of the impoverished indigenous peoples here in the mountains of Mexico. God bless you for your generosity and solidarity.
Jeff Hagel, a special "Thank you" for your service and commitment to Mission Mexico


Friday, December 8, 2017

Overcoming Impunity—Mexico's Special Challenge

According to Mexican authorities, impunity in the country is as high as 98–99 percent…I am particularly worried by the situation of indigenous children and youth, in such a context of extreme poverty, violence and impunity…
-          Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, after her mission to Mexico last month


Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Impunity…a word that most Canadians have probably never used in their lifetime. And perhaps many of us aren’t even sure just what it means. Yet every Mexican not only understands the concept; he or she knows that impunity is an everyday part of the lived reality here.

The Cambridge Dictionary gives a definition that is as good as any: Impunity is freedom from punishment or from the unpleasant results of something that has been done. In other words, whether I am a government authority, a police officer, a corporate executive, or a member of a drug cartel or organized crime, I can be pretty sure that I will never be punished if I break the rule of law.
The Special Rapporteur with family members of the 43 disappeared students from Ayotzinapa
Last month Mexico received a visit from Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, an indigenous leader from the Philippines and the present United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. She included the Mountain of Guerrero in her agenda; here she spoke with numerous indigenous persons and groups. In an interview afterwards, she said that she knows of no other country in the world where there is such a high level of impunity as in Mexico.

Out of all the Latin American countries, Mexico ranks first in the 2017 "Global Impunity Index". So few crimes in Mexico are punished that it is believed that upwards of 92% of crimes committed are not even reported. Why bother if nothing is going to happen? The situation is even worse for the indigenous peoples. In her initial report after her mission to Mexico, the UN Special Rapporteur mentioned that special difficulties of the indigenous peoples include “the physical distance from justice administration institutions, language barriers, lack of adequate legal assistance, lack of adequate economic resources to adequately pursue a case, fears of reprisals if a complaint is filed, and the lack of appropriate protection mechanisms.”
Abel Barrera Hernandez, Director of the Tlachinollan Human Rights Center of the Mountain,
and Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
There are institutions that try to assist the indigenous people in protecting the human rights of the people. The Tlachinollan Human Rights Center of the Mountain is a great example. Nevertheless, as the Special Rapporteur notes in her report, these organizations “are subject to any kind of stigmatization, harassment or attacks for performing this role.”

All of this occurs in a generalized context of violence. Earlier this year Bloomberg’s Marc Champion published an article called Mexico Now World's Deadliest Conflict Zone After Syria: Survey. This level of violence may be a surprise to many because, to quote John Chipman, of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, “Mexico is a conflict marked by the absence of artillery, tanks or combat aviation.” The impoverished indigenous peoples aren’t surprised. And besides this violence (and corruption), the indigenous peoples face the all-too-usual “serious pattern of exclusion and discrimination” (quoting the Special Rapporteur).

The Special Rapporteur being welcomed in the village of Tlatzala
There are antidotes to this situation of impunity. The 2017 "Global Impunity Index" offers three suggestions: “1) a democratic State that promotes economic development with a social approach; 2) ensuring that any citizen has access to justice regardless its social condition; 3) and a vibrant society that demands the respect of human rights and fully enforces its liberties.” The same Index adds: “A free and vibrant press, researchers committed to understand society’s big issues and organized groups that promote and defend human rights are fundamental to counter impunity.”

Mission Mexico’s partners in the Mountain of Guerrero are striving to transform this reality. Education plays a major role. The different projects supported by Mission Mexico respond to both the immediate needs of the impoverished peoples and the long-term efforts to “create new heavens and a new earth” (Isaiah 65:15; see Revelation 21:1). I thank all of the Mission Mexico donors for your solidarity with the impoverished indigenous peoples in Mexico. You are helping to “make everything new” (Rev 21:5).
The Special Rapporteur listening to testimonies of the indigenous peoples of the Mountain



Tuesday, November 14, 2017

If I Could...

In a recent pastoral visit by Bishop Dagoberto Sosa Arriaga to the parish of St. James the Apostle in Acatepec, two young indigenous women shared the following words with the bishop. I suspect that their thoughts reflect what many supporters of Mission Mexico think. Here, in English translation, is part of what they said:

Father Francisco, Bishop Dagoberto, and Father Ruben are received by the villagers of Acaptepec
The Mountain is a beautiful place, beautiful for its views, its people, its cultures. And especially beautiful because we have learned how to live despite all of the adverse circumstances that surround us. We know how to laugh and how to share with others. We are like a log on the campfire, always ready to give heat and light to those who need such. We live with a great hope in a better future, but the uncertainty, the abandonment, the extreme poverty, and the violence force us to ask ourselves if this better future is possible.

The main question is: Why? It’s a simple word that requires big answers—and a big commitment of everyone in this country.
The two young women share their reflections with the bishop
Why do our children, young people, and adults of the indigenous peoples of Mexico (and of other places in the world) have no shoes, no clothing, no food, no decent house, no higher education? Why are we poor and marginalized; why do we die of hunger and thirst? Other people walk around with shoes and clothing and with a full stomach. And some even have cars, planes, helicopters, beautiful houses. And we are made more impoverished by having to pay high fees for taxes, electricity, propane, gasoline, and basic food items.

Why do some have to die before being born, or at a very tender age? Why are there no medicines in our health centers? Why are there no doctors? Why is it that others, who speak other languages and are of a different color, have good salaries, health care, pensions, food, telephone—everything, it seems?
The cemetery in Metlatonoc on the Day of the Dead, on November 2
Why is it that others can live to 70 or 80 or 90? Why do others get to decide our salary and our future? Why are some so incredibly rich and we so miserably poor? Is this what God wants, or is it a decision made by just a few or by those who govern us? Why is there such inequality? Why are there the exploited and the exploiters? Is this what it means to be civilized or to have a conscience? We have received enough fine words. We need concrete actions! We have had enough promises, reforms, and counter-reforms—it seems that these only make us poorer.

Mexico is a rich country, with hard-working people and many natural resources. But what good does this do if our institutions, our politicians, our court system, and even international organizations do not work to see that there is a fair distribution of these goods?
Looking elderly doesn't mean that one is elderly
Why are our decisions not respected among the different institutions of our country? Why are there false promises, electoral fraud, no real democracy? The mass media sells its soul to the highest bidder. The politicians get rich from programs that are supposed to help the poor. People speak about peace, justice, love, charity, respect. Yet we native peoples experience little of that.

Everyone says that we want peace—but there can be no peace without justice, without reconciliation, without a change of attitude and conduct, without meeting the needs of the poor, without an end to repression, without the guidance of the Spirit of God.
Children from Tototepec—hopefully their future is a beautiful one
If I could—if it were in my hands—I would create a different world, where we human beings would be truly human, where there would be no misery, no hunger, no injustices, no violence, no discrimination against the indigenous peoples. A world where we would all love one another and look after one another.

If I could, I would invest in science and technology so that no would have to be hungry, and no one would lack their daily bread (and maybe there could be a little extra for an ice cream or a chocolate bar); no one would have to complain about being a peasant farmer.
There are few "extras" in the lives of the indigenous in the Mountain
If I could, I would look for ways to bring joy to the children and youth and adults, so that they could enjoy every stage of life, so that they could grow as human beings, so that they could interact with creation with joy and dignity, so that there would be no sadness or tears or misery or violence.

If I could, I would break down the walls that separate us as rich and poor, as slaves and free, as natives and non-natives. All humans would be sisters and brothers living in our common home, and there would be no borders to divide us.
Children in Yuvi Nani (long river in na savi)
If I could, I would create educational institutions that provide high-quality education to all. Parents would not have to suffer so much to educate their children; teachers would receive a decent salary.

If I could, I would build better hospitals and see that they were well-equipped and with qualified nurses and doctors. No one would be left out in terms of access to health care, and the health personnel would not discriminate in the case of indigenous patients.
Even those who are elderly have to work if they wish to eat
If I could, I would establish universities that relate to the interests and culture of the peoples. They would be designed to respond to the economic and cultural needs of the people; the goal would not just be to provide a cheap labor force for big business.

If I could, I would demand that our Mother Earth be respected, that there be more concern for the environment. I would work to bring an end to contamination and to the use of poisonous chemicals.
Candles and flowers—essentials if one is going to approach God
If I could, I would see that all reforms are planned, not from a desk in an ivory tower, but in consultation with the peoples affected by such reforms. Everyone would work together for the well-being of all.

If I could, I would work for just laws and legal institutions, where the rich can not buy decisions, where there is no impunity, where there is no corruption. The rich would not be allowed to become richer at the cost of the poor becoming poorer.
When the bishop visits, the women prepare food for all
If I could, I would see that everyone, even the most impoverished, had a dignified home. One of the best ways for this to happen is to offer decent jobs and decent wages.

If I could, I would allow the indigenous people to follow their traditional customs of assemblies and consensus in electing their governing authorities. Political parties often divide and discriminate. Transparency, honesty, and service would be the hallmarks of those who get involved in politics.
Israel, Antonieta, and Baltazar in their school uniforms
If I could, I would work so that our Catholic Church be more committed in evangelizing and combating the structures of death in our villages. The pastoral agents should work to create missionary disciples who organize to bring and to be good news. Our priests should be spiritual guides who, by word and by example, accompany us in our daily struggles.

If I could, I would place these words in the minds and hearts of all present here today, so that we all be sensitive to the struggles of the poor and so that we all do what we can to change this situation. To do nothing is to journey toward a catastrophic and apocalyptic future. We trust in the God of Life and Divine Justice that we will all receive God’s blessing and assistance. Thank you.
Bishop Dagoberto receives a live turkey as a farewell present

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Note from Tlachinollan to Mission Mexico






 Dear Michael MacDonald and Mission Mexico friends:


                                                          Tlapa de Comonfort, Guerrero
                                                             September 22, 2017


The storms, hurricanes, and earthquakes that have caused so much havoc in several states in the southern part of our country, such as Puebla, Morelos, Mexico City, Oaxaca, and Chiapas, have deeply wounded hundreds of families who lost loved ones as well as their most prized possession: their homes. Just in this month of September we have suffered the intensity of nature’s fury; and this is even more painful given the indifferent attitude and stubbornness of the authorities who have attempted to control even the expressions of solidarity of the many Mexican men and women who have taken to the streets to offer assistance; it is amazing to see how the Mexican people have come together to help others.

We are grateful for your concern about what is happening in our country and for your solidarity. We would like you to know that here in the Mountain, in spite of the fact that the rains continue pouring down and the earthquakes have shaken us literally and figuratively, up until now there is no loss of life to report. In the indigenous villages, many people have been on the edge of hunger since the loss of their crops in 2013; and they have been trying to rebuild their own homes, since the government failed to follow through on their reconstruction promises.

We would also like you to know that the mothers and fathers of the 43 disappeared students from the teacher’s college in Ayotzinapa face a particularly difficult time, because the latest tragedy on September 19 meant that the Mexican society has concentrated all of its efforts on rescuing the people trapped within the fallen buildings. We understand that this has to be the priority, and the mothers and fathers of the 43—in the midst of their own pain and despair for not locating their children—have changed their plans in terms of honoring the third anniversary of their children’s disappearance; they have opted to carry out actions of solidarity with the families affected by the earthquakes. This speaks of their noble hearts and of their compassion; just as they have been trying to find their loved ones for three years, their hope is that other families be able to find their loved ones in the rubble of the destroyed buildings. Their example encourages us, as does the example of so many young people who grabbed a pick and a shovel to help to remove the debris that buried hundreds of people.

We will continue to try to respond to the needs of the families of the 43 disappeared students, especially since several mothers and fathers are presently ill, and several have reported that that their homes suffered some damage during the recent quakes.

Receive a fraternal embrace from all of us here at the Tlachinollan Human Rights Center of the Mountain.

  
Abel Barrera
      Director


Calle Francisco Javier Mina No. 77 Colonia Centro, Tlapa de Comonfort, Guerrero. C.P. 41304. 
Teléfono + 52 (747) 47 6 12 00. 
Emailcdhm@tlachinollan.org

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Earthquakes in Mexico—September 2017

Some of the destruction in Mexico City—and the volunteers assisting
I am sure that anyone who reads a newspaper or who watches television in Canada is now quite aware of the terrible earthquakes—one on Sept 7, and another on September 19—that have caused loss of life and major destruction in several parts of Mexico. The earthquake on September 7 affected mostly the states of Oaxaca and Chiapas; the earthquake on September 19 affected mostly the states of Morelos and Puebla and Mexico City.
Many residences (and schools and work places) will have to be torn down completely
I am writing this short blog simply to let people know that I and my friends here in the Mountain of Guerrero are fine. We definitely felt the two earthquakes, but there was no loss of human life, such as occurred in other places. Many buildings were damaged, some severely—for example, the church in Xochihuehuetlan was so severely damaged that it will have to be totally demolished.
The parish church of St. James the Apostle, in Xochihuehuetlan—before the earthquake
But some close friends of Mission Mexico have now had their lives turned around because of these earthquakes. In Cuernavaca Paty Gasca and Rodrigo Cruz lost the apartment that they had bought a few years ago. There is not a culture of “house insurance” in Mexico like there is in Canada, so a family often has to continue paying the mortgage on the destroyed property while at the same time trying to find a new place to live. You, the reader, may remember that Paty, a graphic designer, has assisted with many publications for Mission Mexico and has coordinated projects in the State of Morelos; Rodrigo, a professional photographer, has supplied Mission Mexico with many incredible images of life here in the mountains of Mexico. 
Paty and Rodrigo—grateful to be alive
And a good friend in Mexico City, Veronica Aguilar, lost the house in which she lived with her mother. Veronica was here in the mountains in the month of February with a dental brigade offering free service in the impoverished village of Agua Tordillo.
Veronica and her mom now have to try to put life together again
At the present time, there is a lot of havoc and confusion in the areas affected. Later, the task of rebuilding will take place. Here in Tlapa, many groups are collecting food, water, medicines, clothing, blankets, etc., to bring to the areas most affected. It is quite amazing to see the solidarity of the Mexican people—and it is especially amazing to see that the poorest of the poor tend to be the persons who most willingly share with others.
A barefoot woman offering food to send to the earthquake victims
Mission Mexico is trying to assist in these efforts as best it can, especially by using its truck to pick up items to be delivered to the neediest areas and by helping to pay for gasoline so that vehicles can bring the supplies that are gathered for the victims of the earthquakes. It will be a long struggle for many families to “reconstruct” their lives, but we will try to assist as best we can in these efforts.
One of many groups in Tlapa collecting supplies for the needy
To close this blog, I would like to mention a good friend of mine: Mauricio Suarez. This young man is the son of Nacho and Inés, a young Mexican couple who died in a car accident sixteen months ago. Mauricio studies law at the UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico) in Mexico City, and he has worked tirelessly to organize the university students to provide assistance to the neediest of the needy in isolated communities in his native State of Morelos. Mauricio is just one example of the thousands of people who are selflessly working in solidarity, and I can only imagine the pride that Inés and Nacho would have if they could be accompanying him now. 
Mauricio (in green): organizing university students to work in solidarity

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

"Help the Poor" in the Aftermath of Earthquake

(Photos for this article, showing the aftermath of the earthquake,
were downloaded from the Internet)
Help the poor.
Help poor me.
I'm in trouble, don't you see?
Only your love can save me.
Help the poor! Help the poor!
-       B.B. King

Listening to B.B. King and Eric Clapton sing the song “Help the Poor” seems appropriate during these days following Mexico’s strongest earthquake—magnitude 8.2—in a century. It occurred just before midnight on Thursday, September 7. I was lying in bed in my third-floor apartment when the shaking began. I have experienced several earthquakes in Mexico during the past thirty-five years, but this was definitely the scariest.

Mexico’s three most indigenous states—Guerrero, Oaxaca, and Chiapas—are also Mexico’s poorest states. Here in Guerrero there were landslides and blocked roads but no loss of human life and little destruction of buildings. The situation was very different in Oaxaca and Chiapas, home to about nine million people. About a hundred people were killed, thousands were injured, thousands lost their homes, and many schools and hospitals and churches and workplaces were damaged or destroyed.

For years Mission Mexico has been a partner with the Missionaries of the Holy Spirit, first in Tlapa and presently in San Marcos Xochitepec, here in the State of Guerrero. This religious congregation quickly organized an effort in Mexico City to respond to the needs of the injured and displaced people. My respect to these friends for their quick response to the crisis.

Another partner of Mission Mexico, the Champagnat High School of the Mountain, run by the Marist Brothers in Potoichan, learned that a high school also run by the Marist Brothers in Ixtaltepec, Oaxaca, was badly damaged by the earthquake. The school had to close its doors for the time being. It is too early to say when the school may be able to function again.

And Mission Mexico has heard from many of the young people who are studying university in different places in Mexico thanks to a scholarship from Mission Mexico. These students tell of classmates who now have no home to return to or who lost family members. In many places these students are organizing to assist their friends in this terrible time of need.

Other friends who have been involved in assisting the indigenous communities here in the Mountain of Guerrero were also affected by the earthquake. Just as an example, Father Eleazar Lopez Hernandez, who works with CENAMI (the National Center of Support for Indigenous Missions), now has to help his elderly parents whose home was destroyed by the earthquake. Bishop Alejo Zavala Castro, who visited Canada several times as a guest of Mission Mexico, is the vice president of the Advisory Board of CENAMI. And people involved in health and education projects from the impoverished area of Xalpitzahuac—with support from Mission Mexico—are also partners with CENAMI.


So, with so many of Mission Mexico’s friends—and friends of friends—directly affected by this terrible tragedy, B.B. King’s lyrics seem apropos. “Help the poor.” “I’m in trouble, don’t you see?” “Only your love can save me.” The Diocese of Calgary, through Mission Mexico, has been trying to share that love for the poorest of the poor for almost twenty years. Thanks to the supporters of Mission Mexico for your solidarity.


Sunday, August 27, 2017

To Live to Serve


Students during their first week of classes at the Champagnat High School of the Mountain
Vivir para Servir: To Live to Serve. Without a doubt, this is one of the mottos that most quickly comes to the minds of the young indigenous men and women who have the opportunity to receive a high school education at the Champagnat High School of the Mountain, located in the village of Potoichan, in the mountains of the State of Guerrero, Mexico.
The property of the Champagnat High School of the Mountain, located in Potoichan
This high school is run by the Marist Brothers, a religious order founded in France two hundred years ago by St. Marcellin Champagnat. The main focus of this religious institute is the education of young people, especially the most neglected.
Students and teacher (Marlen)—August, 2017
The Champagnat High School of the Mountain began in the year 2004, when Leslie Davies, now a school principal in Calgary, was Mission Mexico’s on-site coordinator in the mountains of Mexico. Mission Mexico initially helped to construct the high school, and since then it has assisted annually in helping to pay teachers’ salaries and room and board for the live-in students. For the school year of 2017–2018 that began last week, 250 students are registered in the school; one half of these students live in dormitories in the school, and one half of the students live in Potoichan or nearby villages.
Administration area and some of the classrooms of the high school
Three of the main requirements to be accepted as a live-in student at the school are the following: the student should be indigenous and speak one of the three native languages of the mountain region; the student should come from an area that has no high school; and the student should come from a family of very few economic resources.
Students—August, 2017
The Marist Brothers are known worldwide for the ethos of a sense of family in their educational institutions. The five characteristics of Marist teaching are usually given as the following: presence; simplicity; family spirit; love of work; in the way of Mary. If the reader is interested in understanding better these characteristics, please click on the following link: http://www.maristcollegeemerald.com.au/five-characteristics-of-a-marist-college.html.
Brother Salvador (Cepillo) and Brother Jose Luis (Wicho),
two Marist Brothers who oversee operations at the high school
The school has offered a new vision of hope to the impoverished indigenous youth of the Mountain. Already graduates of the school are involved in professions that would have been unthinkable fifteen years ago: lawyers; teachers; nurses; engineers; psychologists; lab technicians; accountants; nutritionists. The presence of these committed young people in the mountain region is helping to transform the reality of impoverishment and marginalization.
Students and teacher (Wicho)—August, 2017
This year, because of the higher demand for the services of the school, there are four first-year groups rather than three. This presents extra challenges for the leadership and the teachers of the school, but the hope is that everything will work out fine. The Marist Brothers are most grateful for the partnership that they have with the Diocese of Calgary through the Mission Mexico project.
Students and teacher (Ana)—August, 2017
Mission Mexico also has a scholarship program to help some of the graduating students to continue their educational journey. These are usually very poor students who have demonstrated during their high school years their desire to work for justice and well-being for others. This is just one more way that Mission Mexico is involved in transforming life among the “poorest of the poor” in this impoverished region of Mexico. Thank you to all who support these efforts of Mission Mexico.
The MAS Clinic (Medicine and Social Assistance Clinic) in Tlapa will be offering cataract operations
from November 30 to December 4, but patients have to go for a preliminary check-up beforehand.
Mission Mexico tries to share this message and to assist people in obtaining this service.