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Minority Chamber partners with members, gov’t, friends in donating supplies for City of Iguala, in Honduras
With extreme poverty and parents being deported, what happens to U.S.-born kids?
MIAMI, FL, Aug. 8, 2017 – The Minority Chamber of Commerce (MCC), announces a “Partnership for Education for Children in Honduras” with Miami-Dade County-based entrepreneurs, local government officials, and large companies that are joining forces to provide supplies to hundreds of children born in U.S., whom, along with their parents, have been deported to Honduras. Currently the City of Iguala in the Department of Lempira, is facing an “extreme poverty” crisis with the influx of these U.S. deportees.
In Honduras, in the small mountain town of Iguala, many families of U.S.-born children are facing great challenged in adapting to a new culture where many do not even speak Spanish. Many children in their new environment are experiencing loneliness, suspicion, and fear in a country that is totally unfamiliar to them. MCC’s mission is to bring support to them in the form of facilitating education with tools and opportunities.
In just a few weeks from now, the first shipment of educational material will arrive in Puerto Cortes, Honduras, consisting of donations of medium-sized school busses, computer equipment, school supplies, and construction items to help improve schools. In this part of Honduras, there is no transportation available for students, and so they are often forced to who walk three- to five-miles to and from school daily.
“The situation is horrible in my municipality,” said Mayor Marcio Miranda, who serves this municipality consisting of 2,000 students. “Children as young as six years of age are walking excruciatingly long distances simply to attend school – and we simply lack the resources to improve this dire situation.”
Upon visiting the region in July, MCC President Doug Mayorga said, “The shocking situation in the rural area of this region left me speechless.” He visited Honduras to participate in an economic development study geared toward helping people develop entrepreneurship skills, and create new businesses and jobs.
“We also researched and developed analytical strategies covering MCC’s value caring for the community,” he added. “We found that a high percent of children born in the U.S. have been deported alongside their parents and are now living in this region.”
On August 23, a delegation of MCC senior officials, as well as partners and friends will travel to Honduras to assist in the delivery and distribution of the supplies, as well as paint the walls of the schools, bathrooms, and other school structures with antimicrobial paint. They will also make minor repairs to doors, windows, and roofing.
“These children are the most beautiful people you will ever meet. In fact, one of them asked me, ‘Why am I here, I don’t speak Spanish”. It was a tremendous shock,” Mayorga noted.
MCC is also presently calling on U.S. businesses to provide any level of donation to support clinics with ambulances, beds, infant warmers, exam tables, new-mother chairs, vital sign monitors, nebulizers, breast pumps, fetal monitors, exam lights, otoscopes, oxygen concentrators, and pallets of medical supplies. Join the effort.
MCC provides the logistics and volunteers, as well as procures the supplies. To make arrangements for donation deliveries, visit the chamber’s warehouse at 8805 NW 23rd St., Miami, FL 33172 (attn: Rene Aguilera, MCC.). Contact: Maria Loaisiga at [email protected] or call 786-406-2190.
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