Seven volunteers traveled to El Paso, Texas and crossed the border into Anapra, Mexico to work with three Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati from November 19 – 23, 2008. The mission team offered their help at the Santa Nino Project in Anapra, Mexico and repairing a home in Horizon City, TX.
Anapra ,on the outskirts of Ciudad Juarez, is a shanty town where most residents live without electricity or running water. Amidst this immense hardship is the Santo Nino Project., a clinic for children with special healthcare needs and a community education and support center for the families of these children. Children with medical conditions such as spina bifida, cerebral palsy and autism come to the clinic for medical care, nutrition and various therapies, often performed by their mothers after being taught by the medical staff. The mission team worked directly with the children doing exercises and crafts. On the second day, the team assisted the mothers in making Christmas banners for their homes and supervised the children so the women could have a day of socializing. Meanwhile, the men in the group built a closet and storage shelves for the center.
One day the group worked to repair the home of a woman in Horizon, TX. Working with other volunteers from St. Pius Catholic Church in El Paso, they installed insulation and prepared dry wall for painting. On the final day, the volunteers attended a bilingual mass in a small church. Touched by the experience, Sue Wulf described the experience as “a fitting reminder that we are all one regardless of our ethnic or national origins.”