Mission: Project mexico involves volunteers from the us and canada in the alleviation of suffering by (1) building homes for mexico's poor and (2) operating st. Innocent orphanage in tijuana, a home for abused teenage boys. It is the only facility of its type in all of tijuana.
Programs: St. Innocent orphanage rescues orphaned and abandoned teenage boys and gives them a chance to live successful, productive lives. The boys receive a quality education, learn vocational skills, participate in sports, receive psychological counseling and are trained in the christian life. All of this, plus a structured and loving environment, allows a miraculous transformation to occur. Instead of fending for themselves on streets filled with crime, drugs, and prostitution, they now have the freedom to prepare for a bright future and to become givers, not takers. The mexican government has recognized st. Innocent orphanage as the best in the state. 23 boys were served at the orphanage in 2016.
since inception, project mexico has built over 315 homes for the poor in mexico with the help of nearly 10,000 volunteers from 49 us states, many canadian provinces and 11 foreign countries. Many families endure squalid conditions in dirt-floor shacks pieced together with cardboard, old tarps and wooden pallets. With no protection from the elements, children and elderly often die during cold rainstorms. The lack of security in their flimsy shacks makes them easy victims for thieves. A project mexico home provides a concrete floor, solid walls and roof, a warm interior, and a locking door. This is a quantum leap forward for impoverished mexican families and gives them hope for the future. 23 homes were built and 24,800 volunteer hours were donated in 2016.
When I first learned about Project Mexico I was a high school graduate volunteer in 1994. I helped build a home for a family over the course of one week. The experience was unlike anything I have experienced. In 1999 I returned to help build another home. In the short time I had been away the staff had starting welcoming boys into the orphanage. It was great to see the transformation in their facilities and to see the joy in the faces of these young boys that had been accepted into the orphanage. It is an amazing program where the boys experience family, community, workmanship and are provided with an education, valuable life experiences and shelter. Now that I have my own family, I have not returned to help with the home building efforts but try to send monetary gifts yearly. One year I was able to buy Spanish books for the boys for Christmas. It is a pleasure to be able to give back to a great organization and be able to touch the individual lives of the boys as a yearly donor.