Noemi and her children have lost everything upon the sudden death of their husband and father. Noemi is a special needs teacher in a desperately poor area of Tijuana Mexico, she has given everything to help others and is now in desperate need herself. This is her story and this is how you can give this young family a future.
People struggle each day to earn enough to feed their families and pay for a small piece of land. There is little left over to buy clothes, furniture, school supplies, or other such “luxuries”.
My name is John and I volunteer to build houses for extremely poor families in Baja California. A couple of years ago, I had the privilege of building a small school in an impoverished area of southeast Tijuana thanks to three wonderful non-profits: A Better World, Project Mercy Baja, and International Relief Teams. Noemi, a Mexican special-needs teacher living near Tijuana, recruited several other teachers to help us start classes in that school, each earning only the small stipend that we could afford. These teachers successfully helped the children of the colonia (neighborhood), some of whom had never been to school before, prepare for integration into the formal school system.
Noemi recently lost her husband David unexpectedly and quickly to probable pancreatic cancer. Probable because he died so quickly that doctors had not had time to completely diagnose his illness. She is now left on her own to raise her three young children.
In Noemi’s own words:
“I have to work hard every day to get my children through this. I don't think anyone can be prepared for this type of trauma. We were left penniless and in debt because of the funeral expenses. On top of everything, I could not work because the Mexican government closed all businesses due to COVID-19. In April, only a month after David passed away, my eldest son, Jesús, became very ill. After many tests and studies, he was diagnosed with tachycardia (rapid, resting heart rate). It could have been much worse, but I had to spend thousands of pesos between tests, consultations and studies. However, I have had to suspend his treatments for the moment because I cannot afford them."
"Emotionally, we have all been severely affected by the events of this year Somewhat surprisingly, it has affected my daughter Sol, who is only 2 years old, the most because David was a very attentive and responsible father to his children. I think he was the best father they could have had. Our economic situation has prevented me from taking my children to much needed therapy designed for young people who have lost a parent, but I do what I can and for the moment they seem better off. Personally, I have not had the opportunity to grieve since we have so many problems. As a result, I constantly suffer from panic attacks and stress but know that I must remain strong for my children."
"Since I am now a widow, I have to work harder than ever so that my children do not lack the basics they need. Fortunately, I have recently found some work but what I earn is not enough to pay for all our household expenses nor find an affordable, safe place to live that we can call our own."
"My dream is that my children have their own home to live in so that we don’t have to pay rent or impose on others, and that when they grow up it becomes their legacy in the memory of their father. This is the impetus that keeps me going.”
Please help us build a small, decent and safe home for Noemi and her children. If we can reach our goal, we can provide not only an adequate, secure house but also pay off her debt and leave a small, financial legacy to her children in their father’s name.
Donations will be processed through Community Development Project Inc dba Project Mercy, a 501(c )(3) organization.
All donations will go exclusively to the benefit of this family and are fully tax-deductible. Every dollar counts towards one more day of hopbae for Noemi and her children.
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John Zawis - Project Mercy Construction Manager