Category Archives: STORIES

From Poverty to Dreamland

1. Compare and contrast your life in Mexico to your life here. What’s the same? What has changed? “There is too much that is different, but I guess I could start off by saying that my livelihood is the biggest difference. Back in Mexico, I had to work for my most basic necessities, for example, if I wanted water, I ... Read More »

International Ballet Dancer, Tech Worker, Family Man (Colombia)

Alexi was born in Maracaibo, Venezuela, just across the border from the town he was mostly raised in, Maicao, Colombia, on the Caribbean coast of South America. His place of birth in Venezuela was solely for the utilization of the hospital for his birth which was located there, an hour’s drive from the family’s home in Maicao. As Alexi relates ... Read More »

Perseverance in School Leads to Career (Mexico)

                  My name is Maricela (name changed) and I am 52 years old. I was born in Apatzingan but I grew up in Aguililla, Michoacan and now I live in California with my husband and three children. I am a Preschool teacher and I love working with my kids even though they ... Read More »

Kenyan with 2 Legs and a Dream

              In the beginning, I grew up in a family of 11 with only 1 working mother. In order to keep her children healthy and alive, she had split us up to go live with her other family so that she could take care of a portion of us. I was one of the ... Read More »

Searching for a Better Life

              Oaxaca Mexico……. The moment I came out of my mothers stomach was the moment I had to start fending for myself. Being a female in Mexico with hispanic parents who hold old beliefs strongly, is a struggle, being told you are only good enough to have kids, make food and do all the ... Read More »

Vietnamese Family After Escape Gets Sponsored by Church

When Lang opened the door to her new home, she found the house fully furnished, the refrigerator and cupboards stocked with Vietnamese food, rice, bowls, even chopsticks!  The church would take turns sitting with the kids whenever they went to ESL classes, even giving them a ride to the classes. Back in Vietnam, “we lived a very good life,” said ... Read More »

Construction Worker from El Salvador

        My father is originally from El Salvador and he migrated to the U.S when he was twenty two years old because he wanted to have a job there. He explained to me that his country was on the horizons of poverty and he would do anything to help his family. So he came to the U.S ... Read More »

No Jobs – Must Move (Mexico)

        When I was young in Dos Aguas, Michoacan there were pine trees all around the mountains I lived in. Due to this, the main job for workers making a living in my town was working at the local  lumber mill. Every morning I would wake up to the sound of chickens and roosters clucking in the ... Read More »

Their Vision Became A Longterm Reality (Mexico)

My name is Cynthia Mendoza. I am 15 years old and my interviewees were my grandparents. My grandmother Angélica Cuevas de Ontiveros is 64 years old and my grandfather Francisco Ontiveros is 67 years old. I decided to interview my grandparents because I never got the full story and I feel that I can honor them through sharing their stories. ... Read More »

Opportunity Calls (Mexico)

                I grew up in Cuitlahuac, Veracruz, a pueblo in the city of Cordoba. We were in the south so it was a lot of ranches where me and my two sisters grew up. When we were growing up we were poor, we would have to go to the city to get a ... Read More »