Migrants in Mexico have received an unexpected windfall in the wake of Pope Francis’ decision to donate $500,000 in assistance.
The money will go towards providing food, lodging and basic necessities.
The donation, which was revealed on Sunday, April 28th, will be made using funds from the Peter's Pence collections. It will be distributed among 27 projects promoted by 16 Mexican dioceses and religious congregations, Peter's Pence said in a statement.
Thousands of migrants have been arriving in Mexico in recent months. Many have travelled on foot, or via makeshift vehicles, from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. But, according to AP, they have been denied entry at the border with the United States.
One of the main goals of the donation is to assist the more than 75,000 people who arrived in Mexico in 2018. The group arrived in Mexico through six migrant caravans.
"All these people were stranded, unable to enter the United States, without a home or livelihood," the statement said.