CANYON NEST is tucked away in a peaceful canyon 30 minutes from the U.S. border. It is housed on a sprawling property where a diverse community of over 200 South American, Central American and Haitian refugees live together awaiting resettlement. At a time when fewer and fewer refugees are gaining asylum, the wait is often long, and for some, indefinite. The Canyon Nest serves over 50 children Mondays through Fridays and consists of two programs:


The Lower Nest - serving children 3–6 years old

The Upper Nest - serving children 6–10 years old

Both programs offer a peaceful refuge from the overcrowded living conditions that families endure as they wait for their immigration interviews at the U.S. border. Equipped with engaging materials that spark creativity and curiosity, our Nest offers children what all children are entitled to ensure healthy development – the right to play and learn safely. Away from the shelter where each family shares a single bed and conversations amongst adults are always within earshot of children, Canyon Nest is a protected space free of adult concerns. It is a place where children can be children!





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NEST NORTE is a peaceful, child-centered space where 2 to 7 years olds can relax and play while their parents seek legal counsel at Al Otro Lado, an NGO located just minutes from the San Ysidro Port of Entry in Tijuana, Mexico.

For tens of thousands of asylum-seekers who are still waiting for an appointment to be processed at the U.S.-Mexico border, the weeks can feel endless as they endure economic hardship and threats of violent crime.

To ease the burden of childcare on parents while they meet with immigration lawyers, Nest Norte provides a safe, supportive environment where children are protected from adult conversations in which past violence against them may be retold. Instead, out of earshot of their parents, the children can do what all children have the right to do: play joyfully.

In addition to age-appropriate play opportunities, Nest Norte also provides a safe haven where caregivers and new mothers can take parenting classes and receive support.