The Abbotsford-based organization Casa de Luz supports moms and kids in Primo Tapia, Mexico. (Screengrab from video)

The Abbotsford-based organization Casa de Luz supports moms and kids in Primo Tapia, Mexico. (Screengrab from video)

Abbotsford restaurant fundraiser supports moms and kids in Mexico

Brodeur’s Bistro donates proceeds on Aug. 17 to Casa de Luz charity

A fundraiser on Monday, Aug. 17 in Abbotsford will support impoverished mom and their children in Primo Tapia, Mexico.

On that day, Brodeur’s Bistro (3550 Mt. Lehman Rd.) will donate 100 per cent of their sales in support of the non-profit organization Casa de Luz, based in Abbotsford.

The charity has worked alongside impoverished single moms and their children in Primo Tapia, Mexico for the past nine years.

They work towards empowering and resourcing the most vulnerable women so they are able to keep and raise their children, instead of having to leave them to orphanage care.

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Executive director Gary Stephens said while COVID-19 has affected everyone in some way, for those who are already impoverished, malnourished and living at risk in places like Mexico, the effects of the virus are more than job loss.

They include a mother’s inability to feed her children and complicating an already weak and fragile medical system.

Casa De Luz from Casa de Luz Ministries on Vimeo.

“It’s more than difficult in Mexico. It’s devastation and desperation,” Stephens said.

The effects of COVID-19 on single mothers in Mexico, as well as Casa de Luz as an organization, have been significant.

For the past five months, Casa de Luz has been working to nourish entire families so they do not have to face the effects of this virus as well as starvation.

They have been working to ensure single moms and their children are safe and emotionally supported in this time of fear and uncertainty for them.

“We work with families who have experienced major traumas in their lives and are still in the process of working through them. Then this virus comes and it feels like yet another defeat for them,” Stephens said.

“We are so thankful that we have had such strong support from the community of Abbotsford. It’s been incredible.”

Stephens said people can help Casa de Luz support moms and kids in Mexico by eating at Brodeur’s Bistro on Aug. 17. Visit casadeluzmexico.com for more information or to make an online donation.

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The Abbotsford-based organization Casa de Luz supports moms and kids in Primo Tapia, Mexico. (Screengrab from video)

The Abbotsford-based organization Casa de Luz supports moms and kids in Primo Tapia, Mexico. (Screengrab from video)