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Migrant Farmworker Issues

About 60 miles north of Seattle are a few migrant camps that provide housing for a migrant farmworkers and their families.  There’s even one right around the corner from the Costco there.  Migrant farmworkers travel from state to state to work the land and harvest the foods we eat everyday.  Many come from Mexico and some are undocumented.  Many leave their families behind and some travel with their entire families to maximize their earnings.  In Washington State, children under 13 are legal to work in farms.  Running water and bathroom facilities are also not required in encampments if there are only a few families living there.  Migrant farmworkers get paid $.16 cents for every pound of strawberries, for example!  It’s backbreaking work for very little money and benefits.  It’s also very dangerous work.  Migrant farmworkers are exposed to pesticides and other health risks (common living conditions is a haven for spread TB for instance, not to mention chronic illness like diabetes and high blood pressure in this community.

For 23 years, I have been making summer trips out to the camps with volunteers to provide assistance and donations to the families in the camp and to help out the providers who volunteer their time.  Some crafts I make for the purpose of promoting migrant health, so I will post those when i have them.  Eventually I would like to apply for a small grant or establish a small fund for micro financing for migrant farm working families to supplement their income.  Find out more about migrant and seasonal farmworkers http://www.farmworkerhealth.org.  Once i figure out how to load up a pdf, i will include a short powerpoint slide set i created for work to train volunteers before they go to the camps…

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This entry was posted on June 29, 2012 by in interrupting racism.

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