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About Taco and Me
I left everything in the USA for a life in Akumal Mexico
I provide photography, video production, and website design services. Many years ago, I left everything in the USA to move to Akumal Mexico on the Riviera Maya, a popular tropical vacation destination.
Nine years ago, I rescued my dog Taco from the pueblo
...a small Mexican town on the other side of the highway. He was suffering from mange, was malnourished and bloated with worms. Today, he is a healthy, happy dog.
However, misfortune has hit us and I cannot legally work in Mexico
My online business stopped generating income. My camera was stolen, which I used for photography and videography. My computer that I use for graphics-intensive work was ZAPPED by the pueblo electricity. It's now dead. Without my computer, I basically can do nothing to generate income. And I cannot legally find a job in Mexico.
I need to return to the USA and find paying work there
But I have completely run out of funds to even pay for my own airfare, much less the expenses necessary to transport Taco.
It is urgent that we leave Mexico immediately so that I can find work, as I have no money to pay rent or expenses here in Mexico anymore. With your help, we can relocate and start building a new life in the USA, and Taco will become an American dog.
What We Need to Get to the USA
I am required to pay high immigration fees in order to leave the country
Here is a summary of all the expenses that this campaign is funding:
- $1,650 - airfare, extra baggage, vetinarian expenses to certify Taco flying, Taco's airfare, transportation, transfer service, transporting of damaged computer through Mexico
- $150 - additional rent in Mexico before we leave
- $1,500 - immigration fees to leave Mexico
- $350 - pet deposit where living in the USA
- $1,000 - transportation, winter clothes, supplies, 1 month of food & living expenses while looking for work
- $1,350 - Indiegogo fees, perks fulfillment, PayPal fees
Even if the campaign is not fully funded, all funds go towards Taco and me leaving Mexico for the USA to find work
Even if the goal is not met, all funds received will be used to leave Mexico immediately to relocate to the USA.
Your Contribution will Make a Huge Impact in Giving Us a New Start
We are in an urgent, crisis situation
We are completely out of funds, but cannot legally work in Mexico, and yet cannot afford to leave the country to find work in the USA.
Your contribution will enable us to leave Mexico, find work in the USA, and allow me to keep my rescue dog, Taco
What You Get for Graciously Helping Us Out
We will give you fantastic personal perks as a "thank you" for your kindness and generous contribution
Some sample perks:
- a travel DVD of Akumal Mexico
- a secret family recipe
- postcards with pictures of Taco being seen around the world with a personal note from Taco of gratitude to you
- caricatures of you and Taco on TIME Magazine
- a professional CNN-style reporter giving a personalized news report about you and Taco
an interactive animated website made personally about you and Taco
Stretch Goals will Help Us with Other Necessary Expenses Once in the U.S.
Stretch goals will cover needed additional expenses that would both help Taco and enable me to find better paying work more quickly.
Taco has a raw skin condition that requires an ongoing prescription that costs $100 for a 2-month prescription. Buying a year's supply of the pills here in Mexico would be cheaper than having to pay for veterinarian and prescription expenses in the USA.
My work requires a sufficient computer for graphics-intensive applications and rendering. I will then be able to pursue work in my fields of expertise: video editing, visual effects generation for film/video production, image manipulation, 3D renderings, etc.
And since I won't have a vehicle initially, I will be able to obtain and perform much of this work from home with an adequate computer.
Camera and Lenses Replacement
... enables me to do contract work as a videographer as well as work on my own film and video productions, such as narrative and documentary films.
While Houston has public transportation, the city is so expansive that it is often difficult to travel to locations by bus. Is often necessary to have a vehicle in Houston, especially when working as a contractor traveling to various locations daily.
Stretch Goals Summary
Even if the campaign goal is attained, the stretch goals will complete our relocation and enable me to secure better work
Any amounts received over the campaign goal will go to fund the following in this order:
- Taco Medication - 1 year supply - $600
- Computer Replacement: $1,500 - $2,500
- Vehicle - as cheap as I can reasonably find
- Camera Replacement (and accessories) - $1,500 - $2,000
- Lenses - $1,000 - $2,500
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Thank you so much for considering our campaign. With your help, we look forward to starting a new life in the USA.