Armando & Mariana

Armando & Mariana: We Were Very Desperate, with Nothing in Our Stomachs

I get up at 6 am, and I get the kids ready to go to school, and then my work starts at 7. I cook for the migrants who come to the Comedor. Sometimes it’s eggs with chili, or zucchinis, rice, beans, whatever there is to make, because everything here is from donations. I do this with love because everybody who comes here after being deported
reminds me of when I got here after being deported. I was one of them. I was and I still am a migrant here in Nogales, but I’m now established here. We now live here and work at the Comedor.

Armando & Mariana: The Smallest One

Young child ringing school bell.

And this is the smallest one [of your kids] that…?

Armando: Yes, this is the smallest one, and we brought them all after a year and three months we could bring them here. They started going to school. He was first in the child care, and now he’s in kindergarten. Here, here he’s ringing the bell so they’ll open the door so he can go into the kindergarten.