For the past 5 years my husband and I were a part of an organization that took high school and college students to Baja California, Mexico, to build homes. The homes that we helped to build, were for people who owned their own land but were unable to build or pay for a home to be built. All of the families that we helped were hardworking field workers who spent all day striving to feed the kids and get on to the next day in one piece.
For the next few weeks the team we were apart of is making the long journey and giving all they have physically and emotionally to build a house that someone can make into a home.
Although we have moved on from the work that we did with that organization, we still like to brag about our friends and the awesome things that they do. I hope they inspire you as much as they inspire me.
Below is a post from a trip in 2012:
All this week I have been without my wonderful husband, but for a good reason. He is on a humanitarian trip this week, building a home in Mexico. I recently wrote about a group of inner-city high school students that were giving up their spring break to go on this very trip and would like to give an update of what they have encountered so far. The location that they are staying has pretty sketchy internet but I have received a few messages and want to share the details of the trip.
Below you will find a picture of the family, that the students are building the house for. When the team arrived they found that the small 3 person family was living in a tent structure. The mother’s name is Lluvio, she is 23 years old. Her daughter is 4 years old and named Milagros. Her son is Miguel and he is 5 years old.
23 years old, 2 kids living in a tent and no father in sight. Their story doesn’t end there. Both children are special needs kids. As with all special needs children much care and time has to be provided, and I am sure that living in a tent does not make this easy. I am 24 and I cannot even imagine being able to survive like this. I know that these circumstances are found everywhere in the world but looking at this picture bring it all into perspective. She is so young and has more battles to overcome than I will ever have to overcome. And yet as I look at the picture above I see her young face, bright and hopeful.
Milagros was born prematurely, and because of this she is now nearly blind and has severe leg problems. Miguel suffers from mental deficiencies, it is unknown what the exact diagnosis is, but he has not developed mentally as a typical child would.
On average when Lluvio can find work, which at this moment is picking strawberries, she makes around 240 pesos a week. Converting that to American dollars that averages to about $20 dollars a week. This family definitely has the odds against them. Her ability to provide for her children is being stretched and to give them adequate housing as they grow would have been out of reach.
Yesterday, the last nails were nailed and the small structure that the team had been diligently worked on became a home. It is a simple home, that many of us would call a shed here in the 1st world, but in the small town on the San Quintin bay of Mexico, it is a life changing home. The picture below is of a past home that we have helped build, they are all the same physically but what makes them unique is the people who fund them, the people who build them and the people who live in and make memories in them.
I am so proud of the students that gave up their spring break. They and their classmates sold shirts and raised money to go and build this home and because of all their hard work life has become so much better for the Lluvio and her children.
No longer will they have to sleep on the ground, no longer will they have to be crammed in a small tent. No longer will they have to be tormented by the wind and dust. They can focus on being a family, and Lluvio can now have a safe place to care for and raise her children in.
Thank you, Grant High School students for making this world that much better, you bring tears to my eyes and give me hope in my heart for a better tomorrow.
My previous post about these amazing students can be found below: