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.
February 06 – The first house of the year! John Zawis and our 3 amigos, Enrique, Roberto and “Nacho”
February 20 – The Trinitarians of Mary, from Mount Tibor Mexico, fund their first house for the Mejias Rea Family
On the same day several volunteers are funding a small Quincerena for Silvia Mejias
February 27 – Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary returns to build a house with the aid of Mike Meziere for Clementina Ramirez and her two daughters
March 12 – Rancho Bernardo Rotary members led by Chris Malek build for Juliana Morales and family
March 19 – Encinitas Rotary will build with Project Mercy volunteer Chris Malek for the Sanchez Penalosa family
March 26 – La Jolla High School Interact club with La Jolla Rotary fortwo families.
April 02 – Our friends from LJCC, led by Dave Mason return to build for Vianey Dominguez and her family
April 09 – National League of Young Men, led by Mike Meziere, build for the Caro Verdin Family
April 09 – Chris Malek leads local workers in building a home for single mom Adriana Dominguez
April 09 – We welcome International Relief Team, led by John Zawis in building two houses, the Lopez and the Lara families
April 16 – Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary led by Jay Rioden builds a new home for Ana Barbara and brand new baby and husband
April 23 – The Incarnation Lutheran Church of Rancho Bernardo return with Mike Meziere to build for the Cardenas family
May 7 – Chula Vista Rotary Club builds a house with Mike Meziere leading them for Alma
May 21 Burbank Christian Church and Disciples of Christ buil forf Maria Santos Soto Flores, a single mother with three sons
May 21 La Mesa Rotary First time builders will work with Project Mercy leaders Chris and Fritz for Nancy Roblez Martes, a single mother
June 11 – Old friends All Hallows Catholic Church build two houses, for neighbors Marillo Sacarias and young single mother Yesenia Pineda
June 18 – Wild at Heart return to build another home for Gerardo Lopez Lopez and his family
June 18 – Klemmer & Associates “Heart of the Samurai” SEVEN house units built in San Diego and shipped to Mexico
June 25 – International Relief Team returns to build a home for the Gonzales Valdivia family
July 16 – one extra build from volunteer responders to CNN Heroes, led by Chris and Fritz, thank you all, Jiminez family
August 6 – 12 year old Luke Zawis, an advanced life scout with La Mesa Scout Troup, leads them in a house build for his Eagle Scout Project
August 27 – New Team IRT is scheduled to build one more much needed house, gracias
August 27 Mike Meziere and his church members and friends and family will build one house
September 24 – Our friends from La Jolla Rotary and Interact club build one more home – fantastic guys – family TBA
October 1 – 17th Annual Baja Challenge www.bajachallenge.org – 15+ houses in one day!
October 8 – Wild at Heart men’s group from La Jolla build one more home
October 15 – Deborah Jones and family and Friends , first time builders in response to CNN Heroes.
October 15 Mike Meziere and friends from Rancho Bernardo Lutheran Church of the Incarnation
October 29- Church of the Valley from Burbank and fellow church members will build two houses
November 12 =- We welcome back Klemmer and Associates with their great “heart of the Samurai” team of volunteers.
SEVEN HOUSES on their way for lucky families..
November 19 – Mike Meziere will lead a build of one home
November 26 Velyna Anderson and her family will treat one more family to a new home
December 3 – La Jolla Rotary and Interact will take on another house for a lucky family.
December 3 – IRT builds one more home before winter sets in
December 17 – Wild at Heart men’s group from La Jolla Community Church builds a Home for Christmas for one more lucky family
December 27 – Thanks to the genrosity of the Shapira Foundation , team leader John Zawis and our Mexican group of skilled workers will build a new homes in Fuentes
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 24 -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.
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.
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 20 Brooke Brown famiuly build led by Fritz and Chris
Three other May dates TBA
June 12 – 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 have been working 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