Please join me - with your thoughts, prayers, and financial support. In July, I will be traveling on my 13th consecutive trip with the Tijuana Ministry to build homes for the poorest and most vulnerable of North America. The funds I raise will go directly toward house construction and scholarships for school-age children.
The ministry itself is in its 15th year. In that time, we have built 50 houses, a school for children with disabilities, a parish extension, and a community center for an AIDS clinic. We have also led outreach programs for thousands of women and children.
I am no construction expert, but I've left my blood, sweat, and tears in Tijuana, as well as my heart and soul. Our annual trip takes 80-120 volunteers over 1-2 weeks, not only to concretely "do something" but also to "become something" upon our return. We build homes and community there, and we become vested in educating, advocating and championing change here. I have taken my family over numerous years, and I have made new family there. This mission is dear to my heart.
You can donate here in CrowdRise. Otherwise, make a check payable to "BASICS" (Brothers and Sisters in Community Service) and mail to BASICS, 958 Cascade Drive, Sunnyvale, CA, 94087-3157. Please write "Joanna Thurmann fundraiser" in the memo line. Check with your work for company matching.
With love and gratitude,
P.S. See some of our information links and videos below.
2019 Tijuana Information Video (English - 5 min version)
Tijuana Ministry 2011 - Thank you, Polycom
Tijuana Ministry 2013 - Thank you, ServiceRocket
Tijuana Ministry 2015 - Talent Show Act by Joanna and Francesca
Tijuana Ministry 2012 - Thank you, CustomWare
Week 1: July 6 - July 13 (construction plus Mother's, Children's and Teen's programs)
Week 2: July 13 - July 20 (construction only)
Our immersion trips provide volunteers opportunities to build the framework for community in one of the poorest areas of Tijuana. Volunteers go on a week long mission to build homes and learn about the struggles of the local poverty.
For 15 years, we've built over 40 homes in the Tijuana neighborhood of Terrazas. This year, the Tijuana construction projects include 5 house structures for families in desperate need.
While participants pay for their travel and lodging, we are fundraising for construction material costs. To give you an idea of how much we need to fundraise to build a home:
- $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
The mother’s program 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. In addition to craft projects, the mother’s program also provided some lessons on hygiene, nutrition, finance, and relationships. Donations will go toward care packages for local mothers in Tijuana. In the past these have included food items, hygienic products like toothbrushes, shampoo, crafting tools, and household items.
The children’s program in centered on providing children in the area with safe, fun activities, as well as some educational content and catechism. We also provided the children with a snack each day, and some donated toys at the end of the week. Over 200 children attended last year's week long camp. Donations will go toward 200 brown bag lunches for 200 local Tijuana children. This item includes 200 PB&J sandwiches (some variants) 200 Capri Suns, 200 chocolate chip cookies, and 200 apples. We provide lunches for the local children 4 days of the week.
This program is provided for local teens who spend much of their day tending to their younger siblings as their parents work. We provide activities and teach craft ideas that the families can sell at the local outdoor markets. Donations will go toward arts and crafts for 200 local youths of Tijuana. Volunteers organize a children's program for them twice a day for 4 days.
We learn about local conditions and interact and gain understanding of the local residents. As part of this, we visited 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 help finish so they could open; and the local clinic. We also attend hosted discussions with local families.
Thank you in advanced for your generous support for our program! Your donation will make a difference!