"I was very afraid but I had no choice but to flee to another country," says Joveline Monfreuli, a Haitian migrant now residing in Tijuana, Baja California.
Migrants abandon their home countries for many reasons. Traveling by any means in search of a better future, many go as far as risking their own lives.
The city of Tijuana holds some of the largest transitory populations of migrants that are seeking a future in the U.S.
In 2016, over 17,000 Haitians reached the city of Tijuana after fleeing the continuous devastation in Haiti.
According to Monfreuli, "There is no work so then we had to go to Venezuela to be able to work and help our family."
Monfreuli adds, "I feel very bad about that because the children are the ones who suffer. In the jungle they had fevers and rashes from the bug bites."
"There are many people that traveled through the jungle. Some women got raped and some were murdered for their belongings or cellphones. I was scared," says Monfreuli as she recalls her journey through the jungle.
Monfreuli is just one of the many Haitian migrants that made the long journey to Tijuana and arrived to what is now known as Little Haiti.
Little Haiti is now the city with the most Haitian population in the entire world outside of Haiti, and is where many Haitians have decided to make a new home.
Pastor Gustavo Banda is the minister of the Amabassador's of Jesus Church and the founder of Little Haiti. Banda says, "This is a sanctuary for them. They know when they arrive they will be very well treated here."
According to Banda, "Some will decide to leave and some will stay. We are building homes for the ones who decide to stay."
This community founded by Pastor Banda has been in the works for the last two and a half years and is a labor of love he works on with his bare hands and sweat.
After a long journey, this community becomes a home for many.
Freuly Galan says, "I was born in Haiti. After Venezuela I went to Colombia. Then to Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, and finally here to Mexico."
"There was no work in Haiti," Galan adds.