Sidewalk School in Matamoros

PART Houston members met in Meyerland with Felicia and Ray Rod
Sure. They met Felicia Rangel-Samponaro and Ray Rod, an asylum seeker from Cuba who detailed his experience with MPP. He is now in the USA but
worked as one of the camp teachers in Matamoros at the Sidewalk School founded by Felicia. Felicia pays six teachers to give classes five days a week. She pays out of pocket when there are no donations. Teachers earn $10.00 a day. Teaching is a way for them to help others and themselves while they wait for their court date.

Supporting Team Brownsville

PART Houston members Lisa Robinson, Elva Alvarez and Cecilia Estrada traveled to the Rio Grande Valley and crossed into Matamoros, Mexico with Cecilia’s husband Jay and Lisa’s husband Mike to help those seeking asylum to the US. They brought donations such as: soap, shampoo, toothpaste and toothbrushes, and distributed them to the families in need. Those donations were collected at Hogg Middle School through an effort coordinated by PART member, Yvonamor Palix, to help benefit Team Brownsville and the Sidewalk School. In addition to the donations, they cooked, served food and taught school to the young children in the camp. They were able to see the conditions the asylum seekers are living in, here are some photos of their trip.

The next planned trips are Memorial and Labor day weekends.