Regardless of the stance one takes on the immigration debate, most will agree that Enrique’s Journey identifies numerous societal problems- on both sides of the border. Sonia Nazario retraced Enrique’s Journey twice in order to tell his story, but readers of her narrative also have ways to spread the word, become involved, and make a difference. As you read Enrique’s Journey, check out the following organizations and opportunities to see what others are doing, or to join in.
On the official website for the book, Sonia Nazario describes ways that readers have made a difference– by creating jobs in Guatemala, opening a school in Chiapas, or sending clothing and supplies to the people who helped Enrique and other migrants.
If you’re interested in sending supplies, Nazario includes addresses for two shelters in Mexico, both mentioned in the book. She also suggests fair trade organizations, whose workers are guaranteed a living wage, or whose profits go toward helping residents of poverty-stricken Central American areas.
While many of the above organizations take on an international approach, others are helping residents of our own communities. The Literacy Network located in Madison, Wisconsin, serves low income families in need of literacy services, including immigrants. Click here to learn about volunteer opportunities.
Finally, don’t forget to check out these inspirational photos of people who have donated their time, money, or skills to help migrants as well as those trying to make a living in their home countries.
Interested in more volunteer opportunities, or have a suggestion for readers to get involved? Leave a comment and let us know!