Projects

Centro Madre Assunta is a refuge for women immigrants and their children who find themselves in Tijuana while trying to enter the U.S. or having been recently deported. The center provides food, shelter and consultation, and has room for up to 60 women. Run by nuns of the Scalabri order, they are tied with Casa del Migrante, which has similar services. Story and photos by Liliana Galvan Aramburo.
Centro de Servicios Comunitarios - Universidad Iberoamericana is a project of the Universidad Iberoamericana that provides classes, health campaigns and a small public library. University students can voluteer at the center and finish their social service obligations toward their degrees. Story and photos by Yuri Blas Manrique.
Centro de Promoción de Salud Esperanza known in the community as Clinica Esperanza, this health center provides medical and social services to the colonias found around the municipal dump. Part of the program involves preventative measures such as education about housing and diet. Story and photos by Julio Selva Saavedra.
El Centro del Desarrollo Comunitario - Colonia Mariano Matamoros is another project of the YMCA, Tijuana. El Centro focuses on community development by providing programs in sports, arts and culture. The center recognizes that community development depends on individual and family development and structures its programs to meet these goals. Story and photos by Itzel Martinez del Cañizo.
Casa de la Mujer - Grupo Factor X is a center that specializes in counseling and legal assistance to women workers in the maquiladora industry and offers programs about sexual abuse and reproductive rights. Story and photos by Luz Aida Ruiz Martinez.
Ciudad de los Niños is an orphanage that houses up to 60 children and extends it's program into the community by providing health and education services. Ciudad de los Niños attempts to establish ties with the family as a way to resolve community issues. Story and photos by Ricardo Mendez.
Casa de la Comunidad - Cañon K is a community center offering educational programs, with a particular interest in promoting community participation at the grassroots level. The center uses the family structure as a strategy to address larger community issues, understanding that changes need to come at the macro level. Story and photos by Gustavo Salinas Uzárraga.
Fundación Esperanza is part of the NGO Esperanza worldwide and is dedicated to help promote and finance people with low-incomes to build their own homes. Part of the strategy is to promote community organization as well as to create an equitable payment system to reinvest in the program. Families manufacture the building materials that are then used to build their homes. Story and photos by Victor Esparza.
Adictos en Recuperación is a drug rehabilitation program with six centers in the Tijuana - Tecate area and provides basic services for 500 adults and 100 minors. Adictos en Recuperación attempts to reintegrate recovered addicts into the process so they can better help and understand new addicts entering the program. Story and photos by Rafael Rocha Beltrán.
Casa YMCA del Menor Migrante is a shelter run by the YMCA in Tijuana that provides services to immigrant minors who have no home, or have been separated from their families either in the U.S. or Mexico. The organization provides shelter, counseling and a structure to unite minors with their families. Story and photos by Octavio Castellanos Rodriguez.
Casa Guadalupe, Rancho Tepeyac is a drug rehabilitation center using alternative medicine and therapy, it emphasizes developing self-esteem, family involvement and reintegration into society. Run by the religious order, Missionaries of the Good Shephard, it has a retreat for recovering addicts and a center for family lectures and meetings. Story and photos by Minerva Sánchez Arreola.
Street Children of Tijuana.
Texts and photographs by Joel Trejo.

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