Project Mercy volunteers meet at the Otay Mesa Border McDonald’s at 6.45 am 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 2020
Several houses will be built with individual and grant funding. Details to be advised, depending on weather conditions and availability of team leaders.
January 11 – Project Mercy built one home with a donation
January 18 – Project Mercy will build a house with funding from a generous donor
February 01 – Thanks to a kind donor Project Mercy builds one more home
February 8 – Project Mercy builds another house with grant funding and led by Chris and Fritz
February 15 – Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary led by Mike Meziere will build one home
February 15 – Mark Matthews with La Mesa Rotary and Mt. Miguel High School Interact Club
February 22 – IRT will build their first house of 2020 led by John
February 22 – The Freitas Family will build one home lead by Mike
February 29 – Project Mercy will build a home led by John Zawis with funding from a donor
March 02 – IRT builds again!
March 14 – Joe Christenson and friends and family build with Chris and Fritz
November 7 – Welcome back Klemmer, let’s make it a Christmas Special for all concerned!
IT IS WITH GREAT REGRET THAT DUE TO COVID-19 ALL SCHEDULED BUILDS THROUGH AUGUST HAVE BEEN CANCELLED OR POSTPONED. WE ANTICIPATE COMMENCING CONSTRUCTION AGAIN BY OCTOBER BOTH IN MEXICO AND IN THE US FOR SHIPMENT TO MEXICO.
BAJA CHALLENGE HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL 2021
PLEASE NOTE THAT PROJECT MERCY HAS BEEN SUBSIDIZING COSTS OF HOUSES FOR SEVERAL YEARS. DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC MOST OF OUR FUNDRAISING EVENTS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED THIS YEAR. AS A RESULT THERE HAS BEEN AN INCREASE IN THE COST OF BOTH HOUSES AND LATRINES.
THE COST OF ONE HOUSE IS $6000, AND THE COST OF A LATRINE IS $1000.
Annual Report for 2019
In 2019 Project Mercy built 73 houses and latrines.
This past year we continued construction in the colonia of Antorcha 3. It is wonderful to see the difference our bright colored little solid houses have made to the community. We also branched out to a variety of other colonias and enjoyed working with and helping many new neighborhoods.
The 20th Baja Challenge event was on October 12. 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. Twenty -two houses were built in one day. The groups 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 12 houses. Six were built at an Otay Mesa site kindly loaned by CalRich Corporation, and six at the Escaya Village development site in Chula Vista curtesy of HomeFed Corp. 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. The “Heart of the Samurai” Klemmer groups 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