Greetings from the Tree of Hopes shelter in Anapra. The shelter is located in far northwest Juárez, about 5 miles due west as a crow flies of our new meeting place at the Mesa Street Grill. Thanks to Robert Holguin of K-Fox and his special report earlier this summer we have recently received over a dozen new cots and monthly food supplies from the Catholic charity St. Vincent de Paul.
Our greatest challenge at the moment is our water supply and finding people with the skills needed to improve it. We are getting badly needed assistance from UNICEF with pit toilets while a contractor they hired builds new restrooms. Progress is slow.
Volunteers have recently installed a pump that I purchased at Lowe’s to help distribute water from one water storage tank to the next.
In this picture you can see a water tank the West El Paso Rotary Club funded several years ago on top of the church overlooking the construction site.
What most people do not know is how big the water problem is in Juarez. I am not sure about all the other areas of the city, but everyone in this part of Anapra has been without water for over a month. The line broke somewhere and even before it broke water was very unreliable since the shelter is at a higher elevation than the rest of the area and the pressure is often not good enough to send water up hill.
We need funding and someone with the expertise on how to solve the bigger problem of water reliability and storage.
Most people are familiar with the immigration crisis on our border, but not everyone is hearing news from people working on the front lines. Volunteers at Tree of Hopes have been working every day for over a year now doing just that. Everyone here is a volunteer and no one at Tree of Hopes receives a salary. If there ever was a mission of mercy this place certainly qualifies.
We estimate that over 500 people have stayed at our make shift shelter over the past year and a half sleeping on beds when they are available or on mats inside a church.
We tell people who want to help us that donations are always accepted and thanks to the Rotary Foundation in El Paso donations can be made so that they are tax deductible.
The need is great, so great that many will not fully realize how significant their contributions are until they take a closer look and get involved. Currently we need not just money, but volunteer support in helping with communications with the migrants, help with clothes and personal items and so much more. We need things like light bulbs and a critical new water system since the city water in this part of Juarez is often cut off for days.
If you would like to get involved in anyway please contact us.
Christmas is all about spending time with family and friends. We hope that this time of year will bring you the best and in 2021 a year of happiness and blessings. Merry Christmas and Happy New year to you and your family. May peace be upon you.
Thank you to all of our friends who helped us help others during this special time of year.
Tree of Hopes is collecting food, clothing and toys again for Christmas this year. Please contact us to arrange for delivery of your donation or donate online. Like everywhere else in the world the past year has been as challenging as you can imagine. Fortunately we have been able to stay safe while providing food and shelter for people in need who end up in one of the poorest areas of Juarez.
Over the past year we have been successful in delivering food from food banks in El Paso and businesses in Juarez who want to help, but there are so many other expenses where your dollars can help us pay utility bills and keep our facilities open in handling day to day repairs.
Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers and consider helping in any way you can.