Dear Family and Friends,
Today is my 57th birthday and I'd like to ask you to consider making a small contribution to this organization. This will be my 9th trip to Tijuana, Mexico. As you know this is dear to my heart and this year, with all the border problems, I'm anxious to see how my Tijuana friends are managing with the huge influx of people held at the border of their city.
This year's trip is bitter sweet . Bitter because a dear friend and Tijuana construction lead, Bobby Dartez, passed away and I won't be traveling with my BFF Joanna Thurmann- we had a good run- 8 years in a row!! Sweet because I'm sharing this experience with my great friend and co-worker Janessa!
In the 15 years, over 40 homes have been built in the Tijuana neighborhood of Terrazas. This year, the Tijuana construction projects include 5 house structures for families in desperate need.
While we pay for our own travel and lodging, I am fundraising for construction material costs. To give you an idea of how much we need to fundraise to build a home here are some of the items we buy:
- $25 can go toward half a Window
- $50 - A 3ft x2ft Slider Window - Need 3 windows
- $100 - An Exterior Door with Hardware & Keys - Need 2 Doors
- $200 - A 8ft x 8ft Exterior Wall - Studs, Wood siding, Paint - Need 12 walls
- $500 - Electricity - Wiring, Panel, Lights, Outlets
- $1000 - 32ft x 16ft Concrete Slab Foundation
- $2,500 - Roof with 17 prefabricated wood trusses
- $6,500 - Entire New Home for a Family in Desparate Need
But it's so much more than just building homes. We offer a children and teen program where hundreds, YES hundreds, of kiddos come for a half day of safe fun with crafts, games and a snack.
There's a mother's program which is aimed at building relationships and community. Many of the families in this Tijuana community are from diverse places, and may not know each other well. The mother’s program was developed to help build a sense of community among the mothers.
After construction my next favorite part of the trip is visiting my Mexico families from prior years. I love to see what changes or additions they've made to their homes and find out how the school age kids are doing.
Its not just about building homes either it's also learning about local conditions. As part of this, we visit various sites like the memorial at the US/Mexican Border; and Casa del Migrante, a homeless shelter for migrants and recently deported men; an AIDS hospice; and a school for special needs children that we helped finish so they could open; and the local clinic. We also attend hosted discussions with local families.
Your donation will make a difference! Please consider making an amount with a "5' or "7" in it like $5, $7, $15, $17, $25, or $27...
Big or small I love you all!
Francesca / Fresca