Local nonprofit gathers donations for asylum-seekers from Central American caravan


Maria Guadalupe Cervantes president of the nonprofit El Despertar Del Sueño Americano has turned her garage into a warehouse.

A warehouse where she keeps the donations she plans to travel with from Fresno to Tijuana, Mexico.
Her mission to help hundreds of Central Americans who traveled thousands of miles from their native countries looking for asylum in the United States.
The vast majority are stranded on the San Diego side of the border, only a few dozen are being processed by border patrol agents.

“We are asking for food, clothes, diapers so we can give to those who traveled with the Central American caravan who remain in Mexico,” said Cervantes.

Cervantes said it is crucial for the Central Valley community to help those in need.

“It’s important, not too much for the adults but for the children who are traveling with them because it is not their fault their parents decided to travel to the US.”

Although all expenses from her trip will be out of pocket she said she doesn’t mind she said it’s worth it to ease the suffering of the immigrants.

“Do not forget that all you give you will eventually receive,” concluded Cervantes.

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