In March 2020, the United States government began enforcing Title 42 to expel all migrants who crossed the border during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since October 2020, over half a million people have been expelled at the US-Mexico border under Title 42. Numbers are highest in the Rio Grande Valley, where Reynosa and Matamoros are both located. The policy violates domestic and international laws by barring entry to migrants and deporting those who attempt to cross back into dangerous conditions in Mexico.
Source: US Customs and Border Patrol
The border city of Reynosa now hosts migrants from around the world. Along with Central Americans, there are migrants from Haiti, Ivory Coast, Burundi, Guinea, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and more. These migrants are trapped at the border, waiting for Title 42 to be repealed so that they may reunite with their families and move on with their lives. Our aim is to work with these communities to improve their living conditions and meet their basic needs for shelter and safety.
In collaboration with LifeStraw
A public plaza in Reynosa, MX is home to hundreds of asylum seekers. Our team works with the people residing there to address their most critical needs, including access to handwashing and drinking water.
In collaboration with Global Response Management
The Aquablocks are a mobile water treatment system that was implemented in the Matamoros Refugee Camp and will be reused in Reynosa shelters to provide clean drinking water to hundreds of asylum seekers.
In partnership with The Sidewalk School
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) classes are an excellent way to engage and excite the next generation of engineers. Through hands-on projects, kids play to learn about basic engineering concepts with us at their local schools.
In partnership with Team Brownsville, Dr. Bronner’s, Humble Smile Foundation, Valley AIDS Council
Hygiene is the primary way to prevent infections. In partnership with groups all over the country, Solidarity Engineering has made a hygiene kit program in which women, men, and children living in shelters are given individual kits to provide access to basic hygiene needs.
In collaboration with Colab Manifesto
The plaza in Reynosa is quickly turning into a migrant camp, similar to how the Matamoros camp started. In order to create more dignified and safe housing, Solidarity Engineering is teaming up with a team of architects to create a NewTent. This design uses local materials and creates a community housing block, rather than single tents. This will be implemented in Reynosa at an existing local shelter to expand their housing capacity.