Working families in the Baja region of Mexico work for years to buy their own land. Once they've reached that incredible milestone, the organization Baja Bound, steps in to help fund and build a home for their family.
Tony and Marina Accardo have supported this work for over 5 years and due to safety protocols they can't be there in person, so they have deceided to assist from afar. We aim to raise $10,000 - the price of labor and materials for one home. Any amount raised over $10,000 will go to furnish this home for one family and potentially even build another house. Thank you for helping support our community near and far.
Our project is in service of the Guitierrez Family - Francisco, Cruz, and Ivan (8) - hear their story:
The Guitierrez family came from Oaxaca to Ensenada about ten years ago in search of a better life for their faimly.
Their motivation to buy the land was caused by a very sad experience they went through. In their last rented house, while they were sleeping, in a bad condition, he came to the house and threatened to take them out of their house in the rain, he ran them while they slept with their child. Obviously Francisco and Cruz felt very vulnerable and wanted to find an option that would offer greater security to them and their son.
At the moment they live on their land, after having been saving to be able to make the first payments and to be able to go live there, they were given the facility to buy their property in small monthly payments; and after having rested for more than eight years, and thinking that if it was convenient for them to continue spending in a place of rent that would never be theirs, they bought second-hand wood materials, bought some tarps and built their house, where in one room share the space between the bedroom and the kitchen.
The father had been working at the logging checkpoint, this checkpoint consists in that every morning, from 5:00 am, men and women stand at the logging calimax waiting for someone to come to request their services during that time. day, sometimes you have to work on one thing, other days on something else, although generally it was in the cut of vegetables such as cucumber, green beans, squash ... and not always the same amount of money is earned. Now, after having changed his address, he is working in an agricultural packaging, putting the vegetables grown in the fields in boxes.
The wood for their current home was bought second hand and they spent 12,000 pesos on materials. With an old wood and plastic roof, dirt floor, water enters the house when it rains and they are not protected from the wind and cold. Their latrine bathroom and shower bathroom outside with hose and no roof.
When asked about their dreams for a new home, they said: "It would be a very big change because right now we are very concerned about the house we are in, the roof is very delicate. We would have no more worry about the rain, my husband would not be worry about us because the rain or the cold, that get into the house and get wet. My husband has to dig every time it rains to open channels and divert the water. We would definitely have more peace."
We hope you share in our desire to give back and plan to give them a peaceful and safe home.