Visit of the auxiliary bishop of Mexico
On October 13, the auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Mexico, Monsignor Luis Manuel Pérez Raygoza, visited the community of Las Vías to learn about the work that ARCORES Mexico carries out there.
The prelate was accompanied in his tour of this community by Martin Luengo, vicar of Mexico and Costa Rica of the Augustinian Recollect Order, Guillermo Ramirez, operational coordinator of ARCORES Mexico, and Luisa Ortiz, Augustinian Recollect Missionary and responsible for the mission of Las Vias of the solidarity network in the North American country.
On the rails of the train
This community is an irregular settlement of families who live on the rails of the train that used to pass through Mexico City. It is located in Colonia Atlampa in the Cuauhtémoc district, north of Mexico City.
This population has a labor income below the value of the basic food basket and does not have access to decent housing with potable water and optimal sanitary conditions.
Currently, more than 100 families with very limited resources live there. The majority of the population are women, children, and the elderly. Many fathers and mothers are unable to support their household, despite both working, so many children abandon their childhood to work.
ARCORES Mexico, in conjunction with the Augustinian Recollect Missionary Sisters, carries out the program “Meeting hearts” in this area. With this project, families are provided with food pantries, toiletries and medicines, so that many children can become children again, adults have support for the acceptable sustenance of their families, and the elderly find rest at the end of a lifetime of work.