Help Fund Pastor Ignacio's Dream
The Latin American Relief Fund's Board has committed to matching every dollar donated up to $75,000 to build this new community that will house the world's most vulnerable migrants and refugees: women, children, amputees and LGBTQ people.
For several years, Pastor Ignacio has dreamed of developing a Centro Cultural de Derechos Humanos (Cultural Center for Human Rights) in Celaya. He recently asked the mayor of Celaya to donate an abandoned school property and the mayor showed great enthusiasm.
Ignacio's idea is to have the truly migratory men and women—ones who are just passing through Mexico—stay at ABBA House, while the new center would provide permanent housing and an array of services for ABBA’s most vulnerable population: amputees, women, children, and LGBTQ people who must remain in Mexico.
This transformational community would include workshops, gardens, an infirmary, a rehabilitation gymnasium for amputees, and housing for families. There is a public school adjacent to the property that could also serve families with children. In addition, the new center would provide education, information and legal support for migrants affected by human rights violations in Central Mexico.
Pastor Ignacio has secured support for the project from many stakeholders. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has committed to developing the housing; the Red Cross will help set up and run the clinic; the state of Guanajuato and local authorities in Celaya and the University of León have also committed to helping with design and implementation. But Pastor Ignacio is looking to us at the Latin American Relief Fund to finance the development of the property and we will need your help.
In these dark times, we are all yearning for a more just world. Donating to our campaign for the Center for Human Rights is an opportunity to make it a better place for some of the world’s most marginalized people. Please consider making a donation today, and help Pastor Ignacio’s dream come true.