Getting Hammered in Mexico for a Good Cause

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Got to work with this wonderful young lady on Saturday building a house in Mexico for a family in a tiny village outside Valle de Las Palmas, Tecate. It was a Corazon.org project in partnership w/ the South Pasadena Rotary.

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You can see the family’s current home which was one large cinderblock room w/ a separate toilet and no doors. It was home to three generations of a family, 10 people in all. In the photo, you can see the purple of the house being built on the lower level of the property. What you can’t see is the little penned yard with goats, lambs, chickens and a very, disgruntled turkey.

...and, yes, that is a water bottle in my pocket, but it’s okay because I stole it from the lead builder who was kind of a jerk. However, everyone else was awesome.

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It’s really amazing to do something tangible that totally changes lives. You’re not writing a check, you are actually hammering nails and putting a roof on a house. But, its also dusty, dirty backbreaking work. Half the volunteers have never used a hammer for more than hanging a picture, and you spend a lot of time standing around trying to figure out how to get the thing finished so you can get home. We had an interesting problem in that we had too many people, so the standing around in the heat got a bit tiresome.

But, still, it’s one of the few things aside from raising my kids where I can take an obvious pride in thinking “I did that”. If you ever have the chance, I recommend doing a Corazón project. They are life-changing for both the families and the volunteers.