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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Christianity, Homeless & Housing, Housing & Shelter, Religion

Mission: For over twenty-five years, Baja Bound has served the needs of the Baja region. We identify families ready for housing, connect them with groups from the USA, and provide every needed element for the trip of a lifetime. We also offer creative orphanage and food programs for the children in these communities. Come join us in the in service to marginalized communities and you’ll never be the same.

Target demographics: The working poor of Maneadero.

Geographic areas served: Baja California

Programs: We are happy to host churches, schools, businesses, families, community organizations or groups of friends to build homes to replace the flimsy shacks families use now. Our experienced staff will take care of logistics, provide servant-hearted leadership, guidance and interpreters. We also provide construction materials and equipment to build an insulated home on a concrete slab.

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 James T.7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A build with Baja bound is always the best! It is one of the most fulfilling trips you will ever take. You get to experience building a house for a family in need and sharing the experience with the family when they get to move in. Your eyes will be opened to another world, a truly moving experience filled with fun!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was fortunate enough to be a part of the Baja Bound experience in March 2021. Going into this, I was nervous and excited and all I knew was that we were going to be building a home for a designated family that deserved it.

Looking back on that weekend, I can honestly say was one of the best weekends of my life. It was so awesome meeting new people who all came together to put their time and effort into making other strangers lives better.

I soon came to realize that this weekend was more than just building a home. We also spent part of the weekend visiting migrant camps and orphanages delivering food and toys to the kids and families. Seeing the kids laugh and mother’s express relief was everything.

I can’t wait to go to the next one and will be urging my friends and family to come along with me. I hope to continue to make this a regular thing in my life and hope to lead my own group one day!

1 Erica Anne

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered on six house build projects with Baja Bound and each time has been an amazing, heartwarming and eye-opening experience. The organization is dedicated to making a difference in the Baja area of Mexico, particularly in the town of Maneadero. The organization is good at getting their house build volunteers involved in the build - plus we also go on other immersion trips while we are there, like to orphanages, a community center and migration camps.

Also, it seems that the organization is VERY good about allocating their donations and funds to appropriate areas of their nonprofit - the monetary donations do NOT go to waste. I cannot wait to volunteer on my next house build!

If you're looking to host a build and raise money for a house build project in Mexico, or even volunteer on a house build, I highly recommend going through Baja Bound!! You will be in good hands and it is truly a wholesome experience.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have done many house builds partnered with Baja Bound. They provide the logistics and the boots on the ground to make houses happen for poor families just south of Ensenada. So many lives have been positively affected , highly recommend.

2 Daelynn R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Can’t think of a better way to spend a weekend ! Our family of six (with number seven on the way) joined in on a build in March of 2021. It only took us hours into the trip to decide we would be lifers with this organization. When you find something that feels like vacation, but its actually work and giving back all at the same time and every family member from the 4 year old to the 12 year old along with the seven month pregnant lady and a handy man husband can all have fun and contribute —it’s a win in every possible way. Not only does it begin the conversations in the car and back when you’re home about how different life can be lived from
One place to the next- one family to the next - it’s also sure to bring feelings of humility and thankfulness to you as you witness Families receiving a home with proper walls and a cement floor for the first time ever! I’m looking forward to building relationships with the families and neighbors that we meet as we hope to get down for a build 3-4 times a year! - we have so much to learn from one another and when so many are involved the amount of lives touched and cHanged by these builds is huge! So much more than just a build as well- there’s family time - there are other community service projects you can attend - you stay at wonderful beach front properties and come home to warm showers and clean beds - I have zero complaints. We can’t wait to head back down with Baja Bound !

1 Jacob Rayburn

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This nonprofit can change your life and it absolutely changes the lives of the families it serves.

I participated in my first house build during Memorial Day weekend and the experience was rewarding and challenging in the best possible way. I felt challenged to do more to help this organization's mission to save families in Maneadero, Mexico (just south of Ensenada) from living in conditions that I'm sure dramatically lower their life expectancy.

The team I joined was a mix of house-build veterans and newbies. There were multiple people with professional construction experience and there are also several guys who live in the area who work with Baja Bound.

The foundation of the house is poured before the team arrives and everything else you see in the first photo went up in about 48 hours.

We also split time with service projects to local orphanages and migrant camps. The living conditions of the migrant camps will hit you in the face like a hammer. If it doesn't break your heart to see human beings try to survive in converted horse stalls, without running water, electricity or really any basic necessity, then I'm not sure what to tell you.

In the end, a grateful family wept when they were handed the keys to a basic, about 400 square-foot, home that is a mansion by comparison to the shack they used before.

I highly recommend committing some of your resources to this nonprofit, whether it be your time, a donation, or both.

By the way, the second photo is the beach house where teams spend the night during their build trips. It's a great place to relax with the new friends you made during the day.