A Refuge in Mexico City

Casa de los Amigos, founded in 1956,  is a Quaker Center for Peace and International Understanding.  Centrally located near the Monument of the Revolution, the work of the Casa involves a community center and Guesthouse along with many social justice mexico city 004

programs.  The Casa occupies a spacious historic building that formerly was the home and studio for the muralist Jose Clemente Orozco.

This is my second time to stay in the Casa’s guesthouse.  It offers clean, affordable lodging in the female dorm; as well it has private rooms; a kitchen for cooking, wifi,  and a library.mexico city 009

The female dorm has a private balcony; a place to dry clothes or mexicocity 004

sit in the sun.

I enjoy the international community of the Casa.  Every sunday there are potluck dinners, other times new friends share some of their mexico city 002

delicious food. A common kitchen is available for everyone’s use.mexico city 001

The Casa offers a Volunteer Program for anyone able to commit between 9-12 months.  The volunteers work in the Reception area, cooking breakfast, and many other areas.  Its a great opportunity to learn Spanish, be involved in social justice issues, and make new friends.

The Casa works with partner organizations, including ‘Without Frontiers (Sin Fronteras), and the U.N. High Commission for Refugees.mexico city 009 mexico city 008

The Casa offers housing to refugees, migrant, and asylum-seekers.  Casa volunteers work to educate the community about the roots and realities of migration.  Since the daily wage is so low, there is alot of movement in the country to find employment.  The Casa raises money for this program through the sale of home-made jams, etc.  This money buys food for the migrants passing through on the trains.

To contact Casa de los Amigos, go to:

http://www.casadelosamigos.org

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