Via International is pleased to announce the Via Cafe, a virtual cafe for people wanting to connect across borders.
At Via Cafe you can stop in to learn what’s happening in the lives of people along and across the US-Mexico border. It’s also a place where you can directly support community leaders and organizers who are working on the front lines in Tijuana, Mexico.
At Via Cafe you can connect across the border through:
- VIA MIGRANTE, our program supporting small businesses sustaining their own work by responding to urgent needs at migrant shelters in Tijuana
- ESCUELA AMISTAD, our online language school for practicing real-life conversations in Spanish
- VIA VOICES, our weekly online interview with changemakers from along and across the border
- VIA COFFEE, our Mexican partner selling coffee products, all proceeds supporting microenterprise south of the border, and the ongoing work of Via International.
The Via Cafe will be “open” 24/7, but is “hosted” from Monday - Friday, 8 am - 11 am Pacific. (Think of a “barista” at a real-life cafe.) Our hosts will be trusted, bilingual friends deported from the United States to Mexico, now residing in Tijuana. The hosts will be available to answer questions you may have about coming events at the Via Cafe, detailed information about the products available for purchase, or simply to chat about conditions on the ground on the US-Mexico border.
Via Cafe is a place for making friends across borders, and for helping people who are helping people help themselves.
How do you want to create friendship and solidarity?
VIA CAFE is a project of Via International, a non-profit organization whose mission is connecting people across borders to support local leaders promoting sustainable community development. Based in San Diego, California, and Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, we enjoy extensive networks of trusted relationships in Mexico and Central America.