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 or the 5 south to the 905 east, take the 905. 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 parking for under $10 through the convenience store at the gas station next to McDonalds.
Scheduled builds for 2018
Jan 6 – Becky Willes, family and friends join leaders Chris and Fritz to build a home for single mom Chavez and her family of three children, whose house has burned down
Jan 13 – UCSD Rotaract with La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary led by Alfredo d’Escragnolle
Jan 27 – IRT and John Zawis
February 10 – Escondido Sunrise Rotary returns to work with Mike Meziere
February 24 – IRT returns
March 03 – Carlsbad Hi-noon Rotary and Mike, welcome back!
March 17 – Encinitas Rotary return to work with Chris and Fritz
March 31 – IRT
April 7 – Chula Vista Rotary with Mike Meziere
April 7 – La Jolla Rotary and La Jolla High School Interact club with Alfredo
April 7 – Wild at Heart men’s group from La Jolla Community Church – with John
April 14 – National League of Young Men (NLYM) will return to build a home for a needy family, led by Chris and Fritz
April 21 – Rancho Bernardo Rotary led by Tony Nogales and our work team from Mexico build again, with Alfredo
April 21 – Mike Meziere leads Colette Breda and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
April 28 – Burbank Church and the Disciples of Christ return with old friend RJ, to build 3 houses in one day!
April 28 – St. Timothy’s Catholic Church with our good friend Mike and family helping out.
April 28 – IRT
May 5 – San Diego Coastal Rotary returns, welcome back! Chris and Fritz will lead.
May 5 – Incarnation Lutheran Church of Rancho Bernardo led by Mike.
May – date TBA – Rotary #5340
May 19 – IRT
June 02– Welcome aboard Rotary International #5300, two houses in one day for this new group.
June 09 – All Hallows Church
June 16 – Our friends Klemmer will be back
June 23 – Wild at Heart men’s team
September 19 – Project Mercy volunteers and Mexican workers build one home
October 6 – Baja Challenge, 14 houses in one day.
October 13 – St.Timothy’s Catholic Church of Escondido with leader Mike and family
October 13 – Wild at Heart returns
October 27 – We welcome first time builders Melanie Webster and family, working with Chris Malek and crew
October 27 – Incarnation Lutheran Church of Rancho Bernardo led by our friend Mike and family
October 27 – Hello again Burbank Church and Disciples of Christ, aiming for two or three houses
November 3 – IRT builds two houses
November 10 – Klemmer returns
November 17 – St. Marks Methodist Church will build their first home, led by John Zawis
November 17 – La Jolla Rotary Club and Interact Club return to build, led by Chris Malek and friends.
December 01 – IRT builds again!
December 22 – Mike Meziere and friends build their Christmas House and Project Mercy gives out small gifts to the local children
December – Wild at Heart builds their “Christmas House” – date TBA
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 2018 WILL RISE BY $50 PER HOUSE. THIS MAKES THE COST OF A HOUSE BUILT ‘FROM SCRATCH’ $5,300, WITH A LATRINE COSTING $700. THAT IS $6,000 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 27 YEARS. THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING.
Annual Report for 2017
In 2017 Project Mercy built 54 houses and latrines. We also started work on a school in Fuentes del Valle.
We continued our work in the 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, John Zawis, Project Mercy construction manager, worked with IRT and a Korean Church from Los Angeles and Soeul to build a wonderful new school for local children.
The 18th Baja Challenge event was on October 7. 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. 15 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 16 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 Shapira Foundation, and the Jack Deloss Taylor Charitable Trust, for their generous grant donations. Their support means a lot to Project Mercy and is much appreciated.
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