Â Lack of Access to Medical Services: Migrants who have lost arms or legs under the trainâ€™s heavy cargo wagons often do not receive the medical service they need in Mexican hospitals. Even when their health status is at high risk, they are usually kicked out of the hospitals just days after their accident.
A Place to Stay: The JesĂşs el Buen Pastor shelter provides these people with a place to stay and recuperate. Here, they are given the opportunity to heal their wounds and to find new energy to keep on living. Building up this new energy is incredibly important: the grand majority of these migrants were motivated by the dream of working in the United States to give a better life to their families, a dream which often becomes impossible after these severe accidents.
Prosthetic Devices:Â The possibility of receiving prosthetic devices gives a new outlook on life to migrants who have lost limbs. Prosthetics provide migrants with an increased capacity for starting a new life â€“ they can more easily navigate urban and rural landscapes and are not as easily stigmatized by society.
Support for Migrants: The shelterâ€™s charitable support for migrants starts in TapachulaÂ´s General Hospital, where shelter funds are used to pay for migrantsâ€™ surgeries, blood units and medicine. After migrants are transferred to the shelterâ€™s premises, the shelter continues to provide them with the support they need. Migrants in the shelter receive medical observation and health care from professionals, as well as attention for their basic needs (food, lodging, clothing, etc.).
Permanent Costs: Expenses of the shelter include the costs of surgeries, medication and prosthetic devices, as well as the permanent costs of life in the shelter (i.e. food, electricity and water for 30 to 50 persons per day). Each year, the shelter recieves more and more migrants. In spite of the large scale of this undertaking, the shelterâ€™s finances are not secured by any organization in particular. The shelter supports itself through micro-enterprise projects and with the help of sponsors from Mexico, the United States, Canada, and Europe.
Professional Training: At the shelter we offer English classes, computer classes, sewing workshops, and handicraft workshops. These activities provide the people who live in the shelter with professional training. This is especially important for the people with new physical disabilities. Learning new skills helps them adjust to life with their disability and provides them with viable economic alternatives. After their recuperation period, they are able to go back home not thinking of themselves as a burden on their families, but as having real skills that they can employ to contribute to the family income.