The fight to restore humanity in our communities devastated by cruel immigration policies has and will always be, a reflection of how deeply we are willing to look at the root of injustice. When we are talking about restoring humanity, it is about knowing and believing that those who are “othered” in society deeply deserve a place to call home, connection to their families and caretakers, and deserve a safe place to lay their heads at night. At Border Kindness, we don’t believe that it’s “radical” to provide healthcare, food, dental care, maternal care, education, and legal support services to migrants but rather we believe in our duty as people to fight for each other’s freedom. Border Kindness provides essential and life saving medical treatment, daily wellness check-ins, holistic and integrative models of care, and most importantly warm, nutritious homemade meals to families and children and those most vulnerable to food scarcity. These include; pregnant and nursing women, children with pre-existing medical conditions, disabled elderly, individuals suffering from cognitive and physical disabilities, as well as those who encounter discrimination and accessibility issues at food distribution centers due to their race, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
At Border Kindness, we don’t simply drop off canned or prepackaged meals, and while we value the importance of that, we do things a little differently. Because we know that across cultures food is central to how care and joy is experienced, we ensure that our meals are driven by the notion that food is a source of hope and is a source of power. Our Border Kindness Community Kitchen is designed so that children and families feel dignified in the food they eat and most importantly feel seen in a world that for too long has tried to invisibilize them. Border Kindness’ daily meals are often the only hot meals that most families have access to. In 2020 alone, Border Kindness has provided more than 150,000 meals and served more than 5,000 people who were experiencing food scarcity and hunger. The cost of each of these hot, nutritious meals is a mere $1.50, and this holiday season we are determined to provide 8000 meals to those most vulnerable among us. Since the pandemic hit, Border Kindness hasn’t wavered in its commitment to providing hot nutritious meals daily. Unlike other organizations, Border Kindness remains on the ground every single day in Mexicali providing essential critical care to the elderly, the displaced, and to migrant, refugee, and local families and individuals.
Since the inception of Trump's Migrant Protection Protocols, thousands of migrant and refugee families have been and are still stuck under dangerous conditions at the Mexicali border. This winter will prove to be another holiday season away from loved ones and without a home to call their own, but it is also a moment for us to stand by our word and fight for the dignity of others. When you make a contribution to Border Kindness this winter, know that you are providing life saving meals and food but you are also standing up to say, everyone is our neighbor, deserves to feel safe, and have a home in our community.
OUR COMMITMENT 100% of the funds raised will go directly to transporting, purchasing and preparing meals. We will be posting stories & photos of the work you are helping to make happen on Instagram @borderkindness and Facebook @bondadfrontera.
OUR STORY Border Kindness provides asylum-seekers, migrants, refugees, and the displaced with comprehensive services that include food, shelter, clothing, medical care and legal services. Our programs and interventions are designed to identify, protect and nurture the most vulnerable, including women, children, elderly and families. Border Kindness believes everyone should have the opportunity to live free of pain, hunger, intimidation and fear. We believe everyone is our neighbor.