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
Parking: 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 about $10 through the convenience store at the gas station next to McDonalds.
Scheduled builds for 2019
Several houses will be built with individual and grant funding. Details to be advised, depending on weather conditions and availability of team leaders.
January 12 – Project Mercy built one home with a donation
January 26 – Mike Meziere and family built one home for Project Mercy
January 26 – Project Mercy builds another house with grant funding from The Shapira Foundation
February 9 – Project Mercy built one home thanks to a donation
February 16 – Escondido Sunrise Rotary will build one home lead by Mike Meziere
February 23 – IRT returns
February 23 – Carlsbad Hi-noon Rotary and Mike, welcome back!
February 27 – John Zawis and volunteers from both sides of the border build one house thanks to a private donation
March 9 – Project Mercy volunteers with our skilled Mexican labor force will build one home
March 16 – Joe Christenson and friends and family first time build, led by John
March 23 – IRT will build their third house of the year
March 23 – Mike Meziere and friends build one more house
March 30 – La Mesa Rotary will build with Alfredo
March 30 – Wild at Heart builds their first house of the year
April 6 – St. Timothy’s Catholic church with Mike Meziere
April 6 – La Jolla Rotary returns to build, welcome back, led by Chris
April 6 – Project Mercy volunteers build an extra home
April 13 – National League of Young Men led by Mike
April 13 – IRT returns
April 20 – Rancho Bernardo Rotary will build, led by John
April 27 – Encinitas Rotary will build a house led by Chris
May 4 – Incarnation Lutheran Church will build a house lead by Mike
May 11 – Burbank Christian Church and friend RJ from San Diego, will build three new homes.
May 11 – IRT returns
June 01 – Chula Vista Rotary returns with lead builder Mike
June 01 – All Hallows Catholic Church builds two houses
June 15 – Our friends from Klemmer will be back
June 22 – Wild at Heart returns
June 28 – Chris Malek and Fritz Hellstern join our group of skilled workers in Mexico to build one house.
July – Project Mercy Construction Manager John Zawis and volunteers from both sides of the border, build two more houses in Colonia Santa Fe.
October 5 – Gary Stemple and friends plus a great bunch of students will build an amazing three houses as an advance build on Baja Challenge.
October 5 – Mike Meziere will bring his Church, St. Timothy’s, from Escondido, to build a new home.
October 12 – Baja Challenge, we will build multiple houses in one day, the goal is 20!
October 12 – Incarnation Lutheran Church of Rancho Bernardo will work with Mike Meziere for their Fall build.
October 19 – The Ohana Family of friends will build their first home, glad you are joining us
October – TBA – Burbank Christian Church will celebrate their 20th Anniversary with Project Mercy and build two homes
October – TBA – Wild at Heart builds their Fall house.
November 9 – Klemmer returns
November 23 – IRT
December 07 – IRT builds again!
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.
THE COST OF ONE HOUSE IS $5,300, WITH A LATRINE COSTING $700. THAT IS $6,000 FOR ONE HOUSE AND LATRINE.
Annual Report for 2018
In 2018 Project Mercy built 59 houses and latrines. We also started work on a school in Fuentes del Valle.
This past year we started construction in the new colonia of Antorcha 3. It is a brand new area where families have basically thrown shacks together out of scrap wood and plastic sheeting and have not had time to put money aside to better their lot in life. They were all living in desperate situations and we were so pleased when the government gave them the paperwork to make the land legally theirs and we were able to begin construction and improve their lives. Everyone remains eager to help in readying the lots, lay the slabs for themselves and their neighbors and assist in the construction and painting of homes.
The 18th Baja Challenge event was on October 6. 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. Fifteen 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. Eight were built at the La Jolla Community Church parking lot, and eight on property that Hamann Companies kindly loaned to us for the event. The housing units were transported to Mexico by Carlos Davalos Lopez, of GES Lumber, Mexico. We purchase house building materials from GES Lumber on an ongoing basis and appreciate his willingness to work with us. Klemmer group “Heart #47” 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