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2012 Build Sites

The following build sites have been chosen for Tijuana Missions 2012. See also video of the Build Sites for 2012 and the photo gallery taken during the December 2011 "Scouting Trip" to Tijuana.

Casa de Jose
Dad “Julio Cesar” works as a repairman in a machine shop, earning ~ $75/week.   Mom “Yaritza Cruz Mora” lost her leg due to complications with cancer.  She  now wears a prosthetic leg and is unable to hold a job.  She is challenged by needing to carry water from the outside faucet into the house for cooking and cleaning.  They have a 3-year-old daughter named Yuliana.
 
Their current home has lots of mold, especially in the bedroom, and countless leaks, which they trap with buckets and makeshift tubes, so it doesn’t flood their furniture and belongings. They first came to Tijuana looking for work. Their wish is to have a safer house for their daughter.

Casa de Maria
Leticia Ruiz Morales is a single mother who works in a restaurant, earning ~ $60/week. She has two children; 10-year-old daughter in 6th grade also named Leticia and 8-year-old son Kevin in 4th grade. To make ends meet, they are renting a small provisional room at one end of their property to a nephew, Pablo.
 
The site needs a retaining wall and fill dirt to reroute the rain water away from the house and into the street. The house has an uneven pitted cement floor that is impossible to keep clean. It has lots of mold and severe roof problems, with gaping holes that let in the wind and rain. Their current toilet is outside and in bad condition, with no shower. The family is originally from Sinaloa and came to Tijuana to find work. Leticia dreams of a new home “so the kids have a warm and secure place to live.”

Escuela de Jesus Project:
Semillas de Dios,“Seeds of God”
School for Children With Special Needs
In Tijuana, children with special needs lack access to schools and programs to assist in their development.  They are an under-served population.   The local parish of San Eugenio received a papal grant to begin building a school for children with disabilities. The school is called “Semillas de Dios” (seeds of God). The grant only covers a portion of the total funds required to complete the project, and the school currently stands unfinished and unusable. The parish hopes to continue to build piece by piece with the help of external partners and donations. During our 2012 trip, the Tijuana Ministry will continue working on the site, finishing electrical work and other items to be able to start using a portion of the facilities.