THE BORDER PROJECT - TIJUANA, MEXICO
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. The Canyon Nest serves up to 100 children Mondays through Fridays and consists of three programs:
Lower Nest - serving children 3–6 years old
Upper Nest - serving children 6–10 years old
Drop-In Nest - serving children 3-10 years old who have been recently deported and are in transit.
All three 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, or recalibrate after deportation.
Equipped with engaging materials that spark creativity and curiosity, our Nest offers children what all children are entitled to to ensure healthy development – the right to play and learn safely.
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NEST CENTRITO 32 is a mobile classroom that serves infants, toddlers, and their parents in shelters across Tijuana. In partnership with UNICEF and Centro 32, Nest Centrito 32 offers opportunities for babies and toddlers to play with their parents in the safety of a retrofitted school bus designed specifically for young children. Staffed by early childhood teachers and parent educators, parents learn about their children's development and how they can best support their growth.
NEST NORTE is a peaceful, child-centered space where 2 to 7-year-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.
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. Out of earshot of their parent's attorney consultations, the children can do what all children have the right to do – play and enjoy childhood.
In addition to welcoming children, Nest Norte also provides a safe and private space where caregivers and new parents can take parenting classes, replenish supplies for their families and have some downtime away from their challenging living conditions.