Blessed Nuno Society, Inc.
P.O. Box 3484
Duluth, MN 55803
Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico
AGUA PRIETA IS LOCATED DIRECTLY ACROSS THE BORDER FROM DOUGLAS,
ARIZONA, 120 MILES SOUTHEAST OF TUCSON.   THE NAME OF THE TOWN MEANS "DARK
WATER".  THIS BORDER COMMUNITY HAS AN OFFICIAL POPULATION OF 70,303 ACCORDING TO
THE 2005 CENSUS, BUT AN UNDOCUMENTED MIGRANT POPULATION PROBABLY ACCOUNTS FOR
AS MANY AS 50,000 ADDITIONAL RESIDENTS.

AGUA PRIETA WAS FOUNDED IN 1899 AND GAINED MUNICIPAL STATUS IN 1942.   THE TOWN
PLAYED A SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN THE MEXICAN REVOLUTION AND WAS ATTACKED BY PANCHO
VILLA IN 1916.  IN 1920, THE PLAN DE AGUA PRIETA WAS SIGNED WHICH CALLED FOR THE REPEAL
OF THE GOVERNMENT HEADED BY VENUSTIANO CARRANZA.   PLUTARCO ELIAS CALLES AND
LAZARO CARDENAS, FUTURE PRESIDENTS OF MEXICO, BOTH LIVED IN AGUA PRIETA DURING ITS
PIONEER DAYS.

MANY PEOPLE  MIGRATE FROM SOUTHERN AND RURAL MEXICO TO AGUA PRIETA, ATTRACTED
BY POTENTIAL EMPLOYMENT IN THE MAQUILADORA INDUSTRY.
THESE FACTORIES, MANY OF WHICH ARE AMERICAN OWNED, MANUFACTURE SUCH ITEMS AS
SEAT BELTS, VELRCO PRODUCTS, AND CLOTHING.  UNFORTUNATELY, THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH
JOBS TO EMPLOY ALL WHO ARRIVE, SO MANY ARE SIMPLE STUCK IN THE EVER-GROWING
"COLONIAS" OF AGUA PRIETA.

WHEN THE BLESSED NUNO SOCIETY BEGAN WORKING IN AGUA PRIETA IN 1998, "A-P" (AS IT IS
OFTEN CALLED) WAS THE CROSSING POINT OF CHOICE FOR MIGRATION INTO ARIZONA  UP TO
1,000 PEOPLE PER DAY WERE DETAINED AND RETURNED TO MEXICO THROUGH AGUA
PRIETA.SINCE THEN, CHANGES IN BORDER ENFORCEMENT HAVE CAUSED MUCH OF THE
MIGRANT TRAFFIC TO MOVE TO MORE DANGEROUS AREAS IN THE DESERT TO THE WEST OF
AGUA PRIETA.

PROGRAMS SUCH AS THE BLESSED NUNO SOCIETY BARRIO OUTREACH PROJECT AND
PROMOTION OF
CAFE JUSTO HAVE HELPED SOME PEOPLE REMAIN IN MEXICO RATHER THAN
HAVING TO MIGRATE NORTH.   SOCIETY SUPPORT FOR  LOCAL ORPHANAGES AND A DRUG
REHABILITATION CENTER HAVE HELPED HUNDREDS OF CHILDREN AND TEENS WHO HAVE BEEN
CAUGHT UP IN THE CHAOS OF THE BORDER.   THE SOCIETY BUILT A NEW ORPHANAGE, OUR
LADY QUEEN OF ANGELS HOUSE, IN ORDER TO REACH EVEN MORE OF AGUA PRIETA'S
ORPHANED AND HOMELESS CHILDREN.
MEMBER LOUISA ROMO                          OUR OFFICE IN AGUA PRIETA LOCATED                            MARY QUEEN OF ANGELS HOUSE
DISTRIBUTING SHOES AND TOYS        IN PLAZA COMERCIAL TERAN                                                            OPENING SOON
AT BRAZOS DE AMOR ORPHANAGE      CALLE INTERNACIONAL, AVE 4-5
VOLUNTEERS DISTRIBUTE FOOD,                               C.R.R.E.D.A. #8 IS A DRUG AND                               CASA HOGAR PEPITO
BLANKETS, AND MEDICAL SUPPLIES                          ALCOHOL REHABILITATION                       A DIF OPERATED MUNICIPAL
DAILY AS PART OF OUR OUTREACH TO                    CENTER IN AGUA PRIETA.  SOME               ORPHANAGE IN AGUA PRIETA
AT-RISK CHILDREN IN AGUA PRIETA                          RESIDENTS ARE AS YOUNG AS                   RECEIVES ONGOING SUPPORT
                                                                                            12 YEARS OF AGE.   THE SOCIETY              FROM THE BLESSED NUNO SOCIETY
                                                                                            PROVIDES FOOD AND CLEANING              THE NEW FACILITY SHOWN ABOVE
                                                                                           SUPPLIES ON A MONTHLY BASIS               OPENED IN 2008, REPLACING A MUCH
                                                                                                                                                                          SMALLER ORPHANAGE.
ARCHBISHOP MACIAS OF HERMOSILLO (L)                  DANIEL CIFUENTES                                THE BLESSED NUNO SOCIETY
AND BISHOP KICANAS (R) OF TUCSON                     A FOUNDER OF CAFE JUSTO                    HAS PROMOTED
CAFE JUSTO TO
VISIT THE CAFE JUSTO ROASTING PLANT                   PROUDLY DISPLAYS THE                     CHURCHES THROUGHOUT THE U.S.
IN AGUA PRIETA, MARCH 2009                                           ORGANICALLY GROWN                         SINCE THE PROJECT'S  INCEPTION
                                                                                                CERTIFICATION                                       AS A PREEMPTIVE EFFORT TO SAVE
                                                                                                                                                                      LIVES ALONG OUR BORDER

PROMOTION OR CAFE JUSTO (FORMERLY JUST COFFEE) IS
AN OFFICIAL PROJECT OF THE BLESSED NUNO SOCIETY