Enrique’s Journeyisms 2

Olga Sanchez Martinez…what a saint. After having cancer, being in a coma, losing parts of her fingers at work in the tortilla factory, being left by her husband for another woman, she still finds the strength to help so many migrants like Enrique.

She seeks those injured on their journey to the North to give them medical attention they would not otherwise receive. She spends her life trying to raise money for a clinic. She spends what little money she does have on her mission to help migrants and gathers donations to sell used clothing and food at market to earn more. She takes them into her own home. She seeks out medicine and prosthetics. She encourages those she helps with words of strength and inspiration.

She endangers her own safety by helping others.

People like this who are so selfless, so dedicated. It is a wonder that such goodness exists, but I am happy it does.



Enrique’s Journeyisms

According to Sonja Nazario, there are roughly 48, 000 children who enter the US from Central America and Mexico illegally without a parent. Two-thirds of those will succeed past US INS. Counselors in a Texas detention center estimate that of the children they serve, 75% are looking for their mothers.


Reading Enrique’s Journey

As part of my work with North Star of Texas Writing Project (NSTWP), I am participating in research about Culturally Mediated Writing Instruction (CMWI). It focuses on how to strengthen academic writing for ELLs. The research group is reading Sonja Nazario’s Enrique’s Journey. Thus far, it is incredible. I have chosen to discuss any interesting moments from this powerful read here on my blog. More coming soon…