Rotary District 5340: San Diego, California

Building Homes with Project Mercy – Baja Challenge

Full writeup to come soon, but suffice it to say that we woke up before dawn and crossed the border back to the US well after dark, and the heat, the sunburns, the tiredness, and the sore muscles and/or blisters were well worth it to see the smiling faces of the families who now have a safe and dry space to sleep.

14 houses were built in a day as part of Project Mercy‘s Baja Challenge in La Colonia de Unión Antorchista de Tijuana. We worked on house #9 for Rodolfo and Genovera and 3 of their 7 kids – Mario (11), Alondra (8), and Kimberly (6). When Diana asked what a house would mean to them, Mario responded that it means “family together.”

Here are a selection of the pictures we took from the day. Special thanks to the Old Mission Rotary for letting us know about the opportunity and to the USD Rotaract Club and City Heights Rotaract Club. We love working alongside you!

Just before dawn on Saturday, October 3rd, 2015, a small group of us from the Rotary Club of Mission Valley Sunset met up at Chris & Elizabeth Kilrain’s home and carpooled down to the McDonald’s in Otay Mesa, San Diego, near the border crossing. Our car consisted of Diana Roger, Chris & Elizabeth Kilrain, and Steve Fouskarinis, a friend of Chris & Elizabeth. We arrived at around 6:50am and met up with members of the Old Mission Rotary, the USD Rotaract Club, the City Heights Rotaract Club, and friends.

Shortly after 7am, a caravan of us crossed the border and made our way to the outskirts of southeast Tijuana. After about 30 minutes, we made it to a little settlement called La Colonia de Unión Antorchista de Tijuana.