May 25, 2017 — This spring, Brophy College Preparatory in Phoenix raised $150,000 for the Kino Border Initiative (KBI), to help individuals deported from the U.S. to Sonora, Mexico.
For the past several years, Brophy Prep has had a partnership with KBI, an immigrant aid organization in Nogales, Mexico, co-sponsored by six U.S. and Mexican church groups, including the Jesuits.
The money raised by Brophy will support the work KBI does in restoring dignity and providing basic human services for thousands of men, women and children every year. In addition to a soup kitchen that serves meals two times a day, 365 days a year, KBI has a shelter for women and children and offers minor medical care.
Brophy’s Office of Faith and Justice also sponsors several trips to KBI each year, sending students and faculty to work with KBI and listen to the stories of the people on the border — and ultimately to tell those stories.
Brophy students volunteer at the KBI comedor, or dining room.
“I really wanted to get involved with it because Brophy stresses the importance of being in solidarity with the marginalized,” said Matthew Chavira, a senior at Brophy. The most rewarding part of his experience with KBI was speaking with those who had recently been deported.
“You listen to them and they trust you enough to tell you their stories … you realize these aren’t just immigrants, they’re mothers, children and families fleeing violence and poverty. In many cases it’s a life or death situation.”
Lucy Howell, chair of the KBI board, hopes the partnership with Brophy will expose a new generation to tough issues. “Hopefully they will be able to bring some resolution in the future because we as a country have not dealt very well with immigration.”
“I want to give a voice to the voiceless,” said Chavira. “The most important thing we can do is share their stories so people know why they are coming here.” [Source: Cronkite News]