Emelina C Garcia Delgado

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When I arrived in Miami I was taken to a fence girls camp. I believe was in Homestead. I lived there for a few months with a couple and about 8 to 10 kids in the house were we really only slept there. We had breakfast in a messhall and then went to classes. On the weekends they would bring the boys to visit, I would see my cousins. My sister and my brother-in-law took me out of the camp when they were going to send me to a foster home. From Miami we relocated to Chicago and lived there for a year or two. My parents arrived to the US thru Mexico and they sent me to a boarding school run by my grandmother's sister order(a cuban nun that had been in the US and Mexico for years). I graduated from Jesus and Mary HS in El Paso, TX where I met my husband (the brother of one of my classmates). After graduating from HS I moved again to Chicago where my parents and sister and family were living. I got married to my sweetheart from Cd. Juarez, (a mexican), moved to Mexico DF for a couple of years while he finished school at UNAM. Moved back to El Paso to have my first daughter and have lived in El Paso ever since. I have 3 daughters and I wish I would remember more about the time I spend at the Homestead camp. I can not remember the name of the couple that took care of me for a few months and the other girls that were there with me. Now here in El Paso we have tried to contact the few cubans that live here and I have bonded with 3 new cuban friends that we meet in a monthly basis.

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Hola Mercy Tu también viniste por los vuelos de Peter Pan. De ti si me acuerdo mucho pero no del campamento. Te veo en FB. Cariños Mely

Message by Emelina C Garcia Delgado | Jan 30th 2013

Welcome to this site, Emelina! It was very nice reading your story. Now we look forward to your photos. Do you have any from your Florida City days?

Message by Eloísa Echazábal | Feb 4th 2010

Hi Emelina, Welcome to the Pedro Pan site. The girls’ camp was Florida City, and it was fenced in, just as you remember it. It was in the city of Florida City which is next to the city of Homestead. You will find plenty of Cubans on this site, but I must warn you... don't believe everything that you read because we tend to be rather playful.

Message by Carmen Valdivia | Feb 3rd 2010

El campamento de Florida city, there was ONLY ONE girls CAMP!!!

Message by Ileana Arriola (Minico) | Feb 3rd 2010

Emelina C says: I would like to get in contact with the any girl from Homestead or what it Kendall? What was the name of the girls'camp?

Status update | Feb 3rd 2010

Yes Emelinita I remember when you lived with your sister and brother-in-law. i have loving memories of the times we spend together. I your brother-in-law cousin Mercy

Message by Mercedes I Mena Quintana | Jun 18th 2009

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