The spring is typically busy at the comedor as we host school groups, visitors, volunteers, and offer services to the migrants who are deported to or waiting in Nogales. Due to the pandemic, the educational activities and humanitarian services we have historically offered have been temporarily reduced. As we–like everyone–confronts this reality, we are beginning to move toward alternatives ways of connecting virtually and find ways to ensure that migrants know they have dignity.
1) Facebook Live events: The KBI has continued to regularly host Facebook Live events to engage students, supporters, the media, and others during this time of social distancing. On Thursday, April 22, approximately 10 migrants from Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras spoke about their current realities waiting in Nogales. On Friday, May 8, Sr. Tracey Horan led an interactive, intercessory prayer service for migrants. The education staff will continue to plan and host these events once every other week—stay tuned for information on future Facebook Live events!
2) Mother’s Day Celebrations: Like so many other things this year, we have pivoted the ways we honored the mothers at KBI—the mothers in migration, on staff, and who serve as volunteers. We held a Facebook Live event on May 8th to offer gratitude, and on Mother’s Day itself, we cooked a special meal for the mothers and handed out small gifts to the mothers in migration.
3) Virtual immersions: The KBI often receives dozens of immersion groups in the spring and summer. Due to the pandemic, these groups are not coming until the situation has changed. Sr. Tracey Horan, S.P., is developing a virtual immersion program that incorporates multiple elements of our weeklong immersion, including a desert hike, crossing the border, attending Operation Streamline, conversations with migrants, and trying out recipes from the Comedor.