Abara has formed as a byproduct of 15 years of work at Ciudad Nueva embedded in an under-resourced community in central El Paso on the US-Mexico border.
Ciudad Nueva is a faith-rooted 501(c)3 public charity in central El Paso’s Rio Grande neighborhood striving to cultivate hope and an environment where immigrant youth and families are empowered for a successful future. Given our strategic location on the border and motivated by the challenges currently facing our region we started a program called El Paso Encounters, in order to respond to the most pressing needs of our border community, educate about the realities on the ground, and connect resources to where they are needed most. As the interest and needs have continued to increase over the last few years we made the strategic decision to incubate a separate initiative, now under the process of being incorporated as Abara, in order to focus on the border work without distracting from our neighborhood-based work through Ciudad Nueva.
Ciudad Nueva Community Outreach currently serves as the fiscal agent for Abara as Abara is in the process of receiving designation through the IRS as an independent 501(c)3 entity.