Desert Aid: Humanitarian action at the Arizona-Mexico border
What the situation is, and why it's important
Since the year 2000, over 2500 people have died while crossing the Arizona-Mexico border. Most of these deaths are caused by things like dehydration and exposure to the harsh desert environment. These people are crossing into the United States for an array of reasons. Some are fleeing violence & persecution, some are seeking economic opportunities, while others are just trying to reunite with family members.
A handful of humanitarian aid groups such as No More Deaths, Tucson Samaritans, and Humane Borders have organized to alleviate this death and suffering, but it's still not enough.
Who we are
We are a group of students who have come together as part of a course taught by Dr. Scott Warren, who has extensive experience along the Arizona-Mexico border. The course explores the humanitarian crisis of the death and suffering of undocumented border-crossers.
What we're doing
We are traveling to the Arizona-Mexico border to provide humanitarian aid in the form of food, water, medical care, and other life-saving supplies. Not only will this directly impact the lives of people crossing the desert along the border, but it will also provide invaluable hands-on experience for all involved.
We're in the final week of fundraising and have raised over 85% of our goal! We're on track to meet and maybe even exceed our goal as long as we keep up our pace. Any funds we raise over our goal will go toward providing even more food, water, and medical care to those in need.
Stop by and say hi at our educational table and food drive in front of the Memorial Union, Monday-Wednesday of this week from 9:30-2:30. We will be spreading the word about the humanitarian crisis on the border and accepting donations of canned goods and other non-perishable food items. See the flier below.
We're making great progress toward our fundraising goal, and as of now we have raised about 60% of our goal. This puts us ahead of schedule! We'll keep the enthusiasm up in order to get as much humanitarian aid down to the border as possible.
This Sunday we will attend the Tucson Samaritans training (http://www.tucsonsamaritans.org/), and next week we will staff a table on the ASU campus where we will be raising awareness about the humanitarian crisis on the border and accepting donations for humanitarian aid supplies. Stay tuned for more updates about this educational event taking place in front of the student union building on the ASU campus Oct. 5-7.
Robert Mc Jannet
Pam and Mark Warren
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Make an Impact
Care packages for 4 people
A gift of 24 dollars could provide 4 life-saving care packages that include essentials like food, water, and socks.
A gift of $66 could provide 10 survival blankets to help people survive cold desert nights.
Pallet of water
A gift of $107 could provide one pallet of water containing 180 gallons of crucial, life-saving water.