May 2021 Newsletter
Last Friday, April 30, on Children’s Day, at the beginning of our walk in the San Fernando Valley, the temperature had reached 95 degrees, a low temperature, compared to those faced by minors and families who begin the hard trek in their countries of origin. This journey implies a before and after in their lives.
At the Refugee Children Center we know this. For years we have put all of our energy in the search for resources to receive and support minors and their families with an array of services that include legal, social services and basic needs in this difficult adaptation process.
After a complex 2020 that revealed more than ever the need to act, the Refugee Children Center began on Friday, April 30 and until May 14, 2021 a solidarity walk, “Leaving a mark 2021,” aiming to raise funds to provide financial grants for initial retainers for legal representation. So far, we have raised $2695 (including donations collected between Paypal and Instagram)
The virtual walk is carried out from anywhere and in any direction, the importance is in registering and donating. By registering you will be donating to this cause.
As a celebration of childhood and honoring the steps taken by each of the children who arrive at the border, a group composed of staff and lead volunteers did a symbolic walk of 5 kilometers.
“I re-lived many feelings that all of us who have come to this country as refugees have gone through. Sometimes we forget about this entire process and are judgemental to those who come or send their children without taking into account that they are life and death situations,” said Mayra Medina-Núñez, Executive Director of the Refugee Children Center who came to the United States as an unaccompanied minor.
Remember that no one chooses to be a refugee.
If you want to join our walk, this opportunity has been extended until May 14, register at:
Ps. Thanks to those faithful supporters who have walked and donated. Many thanks to Tortas Chago, Superior Grocers, El Terrible, Incorrupto, 97.9, La Raza, El Clasificado who sponsored this event. Special thanks to our photographer volunteers: Louis Kravitz, Norma Schwartz, Roy Dybuncio, Vecc Schiafino, Itzel Magana (volunteer), Maria Hernandez (consultant for social media strategy) y Ana Lerman, VP of publicity for Hispanic Bridge Inc., for helping us plan this virtual fundraiser.
The Refugee Children Center Team