Support from a distance

Sponsorship

MoneyMaterials

FoodClothesHealth

There is a lot that can be done from far away. There are a lot of organizations providing on the ground help that need money, supplies, etc. This page will be kept as up to date as possible with requests from people and communities on the ground.

Sponsor an asylum seeker

Sponsorship means bringing an asylum-seeking migrant out of detention and into your community, providing housing and assistance with health, transportation, and language resources. But one person doesn’t have to do it all! Check out the Santa Fe Dreamers Project‘s General Sponsor Toolkit for information on building a support community:

Send money

Caravaneras have opened an autonomous kitchen space in Tijuana. The women who manage the kitchen are among the thousands who walked in the caravan that arrived in Tijuana in November 2018. To help them raise money to pay for rent, kitchen equipment, and bulk food, donate here.

Al Otro Lado is providing is providing free legal services to asylum seekers. Donate here, or use the Amazon Wishlist for their office or the kids’ playroom.

Otay Mesa Detention Resistance is helping to transport supplies to asylum seekers, and doing direct support for detainees and asylum seekers. Support their fundraiser here, or via venmo: @OtayMesa

Pueblo Sin Fronteras is doing direct support for the caravans. To donate to Pueblo Sin Fronteras, please Venmo @PuebloSinFronteras. All money goes directly to Caravan members and to their accompaniment efforts—via Freedom for Immigrants, a 501c3 organization. All donations are tax deductible.

Hundreds of caravaneros were evicted from shelters Benito Juarez and El Barretal in December 2018 and January 2019. To help these displaced comrades rent an autonomous shelter, donate here.

Send materials

Collect needed supplies—food, medical & more—and send them down to Centro Cultural de la Raza. Find a supply drive near you, organize one of your own, and find people going to San Diego who can take the materials. Consider tabling literature about the border at your supply drive so people can educate themselves about the situation.

Centro Cultural de la Raza is also now accepting donations via mail.  Please prioritize mailing high-value, small items (medications, cell phones, etc.) and do not send bulky packages of easy-to-acquire or cheap objects that will require more labor to sort. You can send packages here:

Centro Cultural de la Raza
2801 B St #172, San Diego, CA 92102

Here is the most updated list of needs:

Kitchen:

  • Spices
  • Salt
  • Rice
  • Beans
  • Pasta
  • Lentils
  • Legumes
  • Oatmeal
  • Bread
  • Tortillas
  • Grains
  • Seeds
  • Oil
  • Vinegar
  • Condiments
  • Sandwich ingredients
  • Canned food
  • Bottled water
  • Baby food and formula
  • We can also use large pots and trays, commercial kitchen supplies, water filters, bowls, cups, utensils (bulk only, reusable and disposable needed), reusable water bottles, large-size coffee makers.

Clothes and hygiene:

  • Blankets
  • Sleeping bags
  • Sleeping mats that don’t require specialied inflation equipment
  • Men’s clothes
  • Socks
  • Rain jackets
  • Ponchos
  • Military surplus backpacks–Alice or Molle style pacls are good examples and can usually be found for extremely cheap at surplus stores
  • Tarps
  • Rope
  • Tents
  • Towels
  • Diapers
  • Baby wipes
  • Baby health & safety supplies
  • Razors
  • Toothbrushes
  • Hairbrushes
  • Shaving cream
  • Deodorant
  • Menstrual care
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Travel-sized toiletries
  • Cleaning supplies

Health & Safety

Medications

Allergies
• Benadryl (diphenhydramine)
• Claritin (loratadine)
• Allegra (fexofenadine)

Colds
• Sudafed (pseudoephedrine)
• cough medicine
• Benzonatate

Respiratory
• Albuterol
• Prednisone
• Symbicort (budesonide/formoterol)

Flu
• Nyquil
• Tamiflu

Parasites
• Nitazoxanide
• Metronidazole
• Mebendazole
• Albendazole
• Praziquantel

Pain meds
• Tylenol (acetaminophen)
• Motrin (ibuprofen)
• Tramadol

Diabetes
• Metformin
• Short acting Insulin pens (Novalog/ Humalog)
• Long acting Insulin Pens pens (Lantus)

Reproductive
• prenatal vitamins (with folate and B12)
• misoprostol
• Levonorgestrel (ella, Alterna)
• Depo-provera (medroxyprogesterone acetate)

Heart medicine
• Aspirin
• Lopressor (metoprolol)
• HCTZ (hydrochlorothiazide)
• Norvasc (amlodipine)

Gastro-intestinal
• Iron pills
• Zofran (ondansetron)
• Reglan (metoclorpramide)
• omeprazole
• ranitidine
• maalox
• Immodium (loperamide)

Skin care
• hydrocortisone
• mupirocin
• bacitracin
• Neosporin
• Lotrimin (clotrimazole)
• preparation H

Common Antibiotics
• Doxycylcine
• Azithromycin
• Penicillin
• Clindamycin
• Keflex
• Nitrofurantoin

Chemical weapons defense
  • N95 respirators
  • Liquid Antacid (Maalox, Mylanta, etc.–look for active ingredients Aluminum Hydroxide and Magnesium Hydroxide)

Basic first aid Sorting bulk donations is a ton of work; consider having a work party in your hometown and building personal first aid kits ahead of time. Use ziploc bags to keep everything organized. Here’s a list of suggested items:

  • Single-use medication packets (6-10 each of Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen, Loperamide, Benadryl)
  • Single-use ointment packets (3-4 each of Bacitracin or other antibacterial ointment, hydrocortisone cream, white petrolatum)
  • Alcohol wipes x 6
  • BZK wipes x 6
  • Small gauze rolls x 2
  • 4×4 gauze pads x 4
  • Assorted bandaids
  • Athletic tape x 1
  • Ace wrap/elastic bandage x 1
  • Nitrile gloves x 4 prs
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Tweezers
  • CPR pocket mask
  • Tampons/pads/compact menstrual supplies
  • Safety pins x 4
  • Small scissors 
  • Electrolyte drink packets

Logistics

  • Pre-paid cell phones and phone cards
  • Folding chairs and tables
  • Computers
  • Laptops
  • Tablets
  • Cameras
  • Walkie-talkies
  • Flashlights, batteries
  • External phone chargers
  • Audio equipment
  • Printer paper
  • Toner