THE BRIGADA ESTATAL
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WHO WE ARE
We have been holding weekly ESL classes for 2 years. We hope to restart these when its safe for volunteers and students.
Before the pandemic, we were helping 55 families each month. During mid-March to mid-August 2020, when people lost their jobs, we were providing over 2,000 families with a basic weekly despensa.
Because of Covid, our "Vivero La Esperanza" in San Juan Tecomatlán is somewhat neglected despite regular visits by Francisco and Brad to keep things going. It will restart when its safe to do so.
We have been providing jewelry making classes since 2017 and hope to restart when its safe to do so.
For 3 years we also provided hairstyling and make up classes. Again, we would like to restart this when its safe to do so.
We were providing sewing classes for 10 women. Now they know how to make masks - and we have supported this effort. Masks are given out for free to encourage people to wear them.
The women built a pizza oven and make pizzas at the weekend for sale. They also have a corn crushing machine which makes the corn tortilla mix.
Financial support needed to keep this going.
We have provided knitting classes for 3 years now. It gives a sense of accomplishment and pride. We hope to recontinue in 2021.
We try to create a love of reading and created a library. Volunteers read stories and related projects.
Spanish books are needed...