Somewhere Near Tapachula

A friend of mine asked me to take a look at this documentary which is showing in Melbourne. The trailer is inspirational, take a peek yourself:

SOMEWHERE NEAR TAPACHULA from stefan hunt on Vimeo.

Easter represents new life, this family is offering a new life to these children. If you have the time this Saturday, head into ACMI in Melbourne and support this film. It is an incredible story and wonderful cause. The film is also available on DVD for $20, all ticket and DVD proceeds go directly to Mission Mexico. They are hoping to raise $100,000.

Details: Sat Apr 3rd – Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Melbourne. Buy Tickets Online ($8). Here is some more info about the film:

54 Mexican Grommets, 37 Surf Boards, 2 Australian Parents

The Inspiring True Story of the Aussie Couple Changing the Lives of Orphans and Street Kids in Tapachula Mexico, through Surfing!

In November 2000, Alan and Pamela Skuse left their home on the Sunshine Coast of Australia, to volunteer at an orphanage in Tapachula for twelve months. The organisation they were assisting closed down after six months, leaving the Skuses with a life changing decision. To return to Australia, or take on the overwhelming challenge of caring for the remaining 7 children full time.

The thought of leaving the kids, who would go back to the streets, and lives of abuse, was not an option. So despite the lack of resources and support, Pam and Alan decided to take on the huge responsibility of establishing their own refuge. ‘Albergue, Mision Mexico, dando Amor, Vida y Esperanza’ (Refuge, Mission Mexico, giving Love, Life and Hope) was formed, with the dream of creating a family environment, rather than an institution.

Nine years later, Mision Mexico has grown to over 50 children, and helped over two hundred from various circumstances of need. These kids carry inconceivable stories of being orphaned, abandoned, abused, involved in gangs, drug addiction and living in poverty. With the love and support of Pam & Alan, the volunteers and their new “brothers and sisters”, these kids have been granted a second chance at life. The kid’s thank God for the new position they are in and their new positive outlook on life. They are encouraged to dream big and believe that nothing is impossible!

You can find out more information at their website Somewhere Near Tapachula .