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Designed to encourage readers to learn about
the apparently "secret history" of 500 million people
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Friday, January 8, 2010

Support the Friends - yes, Those Friends.

I rarely ever make a plug for a charitable organization, but today I want to make an appeal for the Casa de los Amigos in Mexico City. The Casa is run by the Society of Friends - the quakers - and has been a gathering place for people from around the world for decades. It is also a comfortable, clean, warm, friendly place to stay (as well as affordable - hola! 130 pesos a night or less).

More recently it has entered into an agreement with the UNHCR (yes, the UN refugee organization) to house asylum seekers in Mexico. The Casa de los Amigos is one of the shining lights of Mexican civil society, and could sure use some help right now with tools, volunteer work, and (of course) cash.

The history of Casa de los Amigos can be found here.

The Casa BIG WISH LIST can be found here.

2 comments:

mexfiles said...

And, for you art buffs... the hostel was the home of Jose Clemente Orozco, designed by Luis Barrigan.

Unknown said...

The Casa de los Amigos is one of the shining lights of Mexican civil society, and could sure use some help right now with tools, volunteer work..

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