Enrique's Journey

Olga Sanchez Martinez is one of the people along Enrique's route. How is she different from those who try to hurt Enrique ?

Enriques Journey

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Located in Tapachula, Mexico, the shelter was founded by Olga Sánchez Martínez over twenty years ago. Most migrants who arrive at the shelter have lost limbs to the train. Nazario’s Red Cross sources estimate that every two days, a migrant loses a limb to the train. This does not include the migrants who are killed while traveling.

To keep the migrants motivated, Olga and staff offer professional training sessions in English, computer skills, sewing, and other craft workshops. Most of the migrants were traveling to the U.S. to find work. Now they feel lost and ashamed, and do not want to return to their home countries despite injuries that will prohibit reaching the U.S. Olga and staff encourage patients to accept the conditions of their new life, and to find ways to go on. She sees her purpose as not just physical, but spiritual.

One of her main physical goals is locating prosthetic limbs. Since the shelter is run almost entirely through donations, it is difficult to pay for prosthetics, which can cost up to $2,000. Olga's tirelessness does yield dividends, however, and she has helped many limbless migrants.