Project Mercy volunteers meet at the Otay Mesa Border McDonald’s at 7:00am on the day of construction, unless otherwise stated. Take the 805 south to the 905 east, take the 905 east and then south. Immediately after the 905 swings south there is a sign on the right for Siempre Viva Road exit. Exit to the right and take the left lane: the Siempre Viva Road East fork in the road. This will take you under the bridge and around back over it to McDonald’s. Note that you cannot leave your car at McDonald’s: either carpool from your destination, drive your car into Mexico or arrive early to find parking elsewhere. There is $5.00 parking through the convenience store at the gas station next to McDonalds.
January 7 – Kelly Strickland and group of family and friends from Brawley, welcome
January 14 – again thanks to the Shapira Foundation Fritz and Chris from California will lead a build with our Mexican workers for another home – what a blessing
January 28 – Escondido Sunrise Rotary with help from our friend Mike Meziere, will build a home.
January 28 – International Relief Teams will also give a needy family a new home
February 25 – IRT returns to build yet another home, you guys are great – as are all our super volunteer groups
March 5 – Carlsbad High noon return, Diaz Ruiz and two young children with receive a new home with aid of lead Mike Meziere
March 18 – Encinitas Rotary will work with Chriz and Fritz in building a home for the Vasquez Virgin family and their five kids
March 18 La Jolla Rotary and La Jolla High School Interact will work with John Zawis to build a home for the Ortiz Gonzalez family with a 24 yr old deaf mute daughter who is also pregnant, and a mentally challenged but very sweet 27 year old daughter
March 25 -Mike Meziere and friends build a home in the name of Joan Patton who wants to celebrate her birthday with a home for the poor. Cordoba Vera family and 15 month old daughter.
March 25 – Francis Parker school sent 49 students and a number of adults to paint houses, donate food and generally have fun with the families of Fuentes del Valle. Thanks Kevin Dunn for arranging this great day. Funds collected will also go to building a small house for an elderly single gentleman.
April 1 – Wild at Heart build for M.7.L.6 Maria Campos and family, Maria is undergoing radiology for cancer, she is very grateful to get a home.
April 15 Rancho Bernardo Rotary returns to build home for the Alvarado Chavez family
April 29- National League of Young Men led by John Zawis
April 29 – Church of the Valley and little Brown Church
May 6 – Chula Vista Rotary led by Mike Meziere
May 6 – Sara Bachman and friends work with Mike and Don Meziere – double duty!
May 20 – Brooke Brown family build led by Fritz and Chris
June 3 – All Hallows Church plans to build two houses!
June 3 – Lutheran Church of the Incarnation of Rancho Bernardo build with Mike Meziere, thanks yet again.
June 10 – KLEMMER and Heart of the Samurai return – whoo hoo!
October 7 – Baja Challenge!
PLEASE NOTE THAT PROJECT MERCY HAS BEEN SUBSIDIZING COSTS OF HOUSES FOR SEVERAL YEARS FROM OTHER DONATIONS WE RECEIVE, SHOULD THESE MAJOR DONORS NO LONGER BE ABLE TO FUND US, WE WILL HAVE TO RAISE THE COST OF HOUSING CONSIDERABLY. HOWEVER IN THE MEANTIME THE NEW PRICES FOR 2017 WILL RISE BY $250 PER HOUSE. THIS MAKES THE COST OF A HOUSE BUILT ‘FROM SCRATCH’ $5,250, WITH A LATRINE COSTING $650. THAT IS $5,900 FOR ONE HOUSE AND LATRINE. WE REGRET THESE INCREASES BUT IT IS THE ONLY WAY TO CONTINUE OUR MISSION OF HELPING THE DESPERATELY POOR FAMILIES WE HAVING BEEN WORKING FOR DURING THE PAST 26 YEARS. THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING.
Annual Report for 2016
In 2016 Project Mercy built 52 houses, and made multiple improvements to the school in Union Antorchista, such as repairing roofs, and adding doors and windows. We thank all the wonderful groups and individual workers that participated in making it such a successful year.
In 2016 we continued our work in the brand new colonia of Fuentes del Valle. The government divided up the land into lots and roads and the needy families flocked to have their names registered as prospective owners. Now there are approximately 300 sites with a few still to be developed. All of our construction in concentrated in this very poor area, they have no running water or electricity but the President of the colonia is making all the right government connections and petitions to move forward. We are also helping them map out plans for a school, but they need to have the final signature of government approval prior to starting this work.
In April of 2016 Paula Claussen was named a CNN Hero, this led to some wonderful media reviews and further publicity and articles with PBS Religion and Ethics Newsweekly show, Lite Breakfast Radio of Kuala Lumpur, Voice of America Bart Queen motivational speaker radio show and eTown live radio show and an eChievement Award. These events brought in further interest from the public and we are deeply grateful for these opportunities to let people know more of the need of the destitute families just south of the US / Mexico border.
The 17th Baja Challenge event was on September 29. It is always a wonderful day with volunteers from different corporations such as developers, construction companies, and architects in the southern California region, as well as some local Church groups , building homes. 13 houses were built in one day. They built the houses, outhouses, painted and provided small furnishings and food for many happy and thankful families.
Klemmer and Associate volunteers from their “Heart of the Samurai” seminars, once again proved themselves to be a priceless group of talented and enthusiastic people who always perform miracle tasks. This year they built a total of 15 houses at the La Jolla Community Church parking lot, which were then transported to Mexico. They also provided bags of food and toys for distribution in the colonias.
Generous grants and donations came from a wide variety of sources; diverse companies, churches, rotary clubs and individuals as well as foundations and charitable trusts.
We thank The Bravo Foundation, the Jack Deloss Taylor Charitable Trust, and Canal Productions for their generous grant donations. Their support means a lot to Project Mercy and is much appreciated.
Dates have already been scheduled for several 2016 builds and the calendar will be updated accordingly in the near future.
Click to visit the Baja Challenge website.
A Message from the President
To the many Project Mercy program supporters; the clubs and churches, companies and organizations, that donated their time and money to build homes for destitute families, I send my heartfelt thanks. Your support is greatly appreciated.
President & CEO