Our work in Baja began 14 years ago during a short-term mission trip. While visiting a labor camp we met the migrant laborer community and saw their deplorable living conditions.
Our work in Baja began 14 years ago during a short-term mission trip. While visiting a labor camp we met themigrant laborer community and saw their deplorable living conditions.
Each year 20,000 - 30,000 indigenous families leave the tropical regions of Southern Mexico and Central America, seeking better social and economic climates. These migrant families travel 2200 miles by bus, train, or foot to fill one of the many agricultural jobs in Sinaloa and Baja California.
Despite genuine efforts to earn a living, establish a home, and raise a family within Baja’s societal context, themigrant community’s disparities prevent true integration. Their peculiar accent, pronounced facial features, ragged dress, inability to read, absence of legal documentation are among the persistent reminders of the deep
ethnic, economic, and educational chasm that separates them from the people and resources of recognized society. Rather than successfully integrating, they remain severely disrespected or simply disregarded. These indigenous migrant people live isolated, ignored, and invisible in their own country.
Through these 14 years we have refined our approach - moved from sporadic mission trips to enduring relationships, replaced charity with dignity, and exchanged temporary solutions for permanent change.
Baja Missions mobilize local resources for the agricultural migrant community in Baja. We make it our purpose to identify the local assets, close the gaps in access, and thereby effect enduring change. Every project we currently implement attempts to close the existing gaps that separate the migrant community from local resources.
Whether we are teaching moms to read, delousing children’s heads, or helping families acquire birth certificates, our fundamental goal and mission is to eliminate gaps, encourage self-sufficiency, and ensure dignity. By gaining access, seizing the resources, the invisible can make themselves seen, their voices heard, their presence known. When resources like schools, doctors, and housing become available...the invisible become visible.