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PBS Profile of Paula Claussen of Project Mercy

September 23, 2016 – PBS Washington DC, Religion and Ethics Newsweekly

Correspondent Lucky Severson reports on Paula Claussen of San Diego, who decided to build houses for the poorest families in nearby Tijuana.

Paula Claussen named CNN Hero

June 10, 2016 – Twenty-five years ago, Paula Claussen’s friend invited her to make the short trip from her home in San Diego, California, across the border to Tijuana, Mexico, to donate clothing to people in need. Claussen didn’t expect that day to change the course of her life.

Escaya and Project Mercy Team Up to Give Back

January 2, 2020 – On November 9th, Project Mercy and a group from Klemmer & Associates called “Heart of the Samurai” came out to Escaya and constructed wall panels that will be used to build six houses south of the Otay Mesa border!

Local Organization to Build House for Poor Family in Tijuana

May 11, 2019 – The San Diego-based International Relief Teams will leave for Tijuana, Mexico, Saturday to build a home for an impoverished family living in a makeshift shelter in an informal settlement area. IRT volunteers are traveling to Colonia Fuentes del Valle with members of Project Mercy to assist the family.

Project Mercy eChievement award from

2018 – Project Mercy builds basic but sturdy houses for the poorest families in the outlying neighborhoods, or “colonias” of Tijuana, Mexico.

Housin and Hope to Those in Need in Mexico

March 3, 2017 – Recipients of the Project Mercy housing program are chosen based on three criteria: need, length of time in the program, and the amount of “sweat equity” given. “We ask the residents to work on at least four houses for their neighbors prior to receiving their own. This draws people together and promotes a sense of community,” stated Paula, who added that exceptions are made for single mothers and disabled persons.

Project Mercy Home Building Tijuana

For over 15 years Gary Stemple has organized teams from Old Mission Rotary to fund and build houses with Project Mercy. The goal of Project Mercy is the improvement of basic living standards and quality of life for impoverished families who live in squalid conditions in the shantytowns east of Tijuana, Mexico.

La Jolla Community Church

April 25, 2018 – Project Mercy has been improving the lives of the poorest and needy in the outlying neighborhoods of Tijuana since 1991. The San Diego non-profit constructs basic sturdy homes for the poorest families in the outlying neighborhoods of Tijuana, Mexico. La Jolla Community Church participates by sending members from the “Mexico House Building” with Project Mercy. The Mexico House Building team has built over twenty homes in Tijuana over the years, including their participation in Project Mercy’s Baja Challenge.

San Diego ABC News Feature

2006 – Baja Challenge featured on San Diego ABC News 7.

San Diego Union Tribune, September 10, 2006
Baja Challenge: Homes changing lives

North County Times, January 20, 2002
North County residents build houses, dreams

North County Times, January 4, 2002
Group builds homes for Mexico’s poor

San Diego Union Tribune, September 23, 2001
Volunteers build homes for Tijuanans

Los Angeles Daily News, March 13, 2001
Helping the poor in a concrete way

San Diego Union Tribune, November 19, 2000
Mission of mercy under way

North County Times, November 18, 2000
Volunteers to build shelter for Tijuana’s poor

San Diego Union Tribune, January 26, 2000
In Tijuana, babies die from cold

San Diego Union Tribune, December 12, 1999
Holiday comes early to colonia where the wish lists are long

San Diego Union Tribune, October 3, 1999
Project Mercy builds homes across border

San Diego Union Tribune, November 28, 1999
It’s home, but it’s a death trap | Tijuana inspectors warn residents

San Diego Union Tribune, November 24, 1998
It’s homes, sweet homes in Tijuana | Volunteers build better lives for needy

San Diego Union Tribune, November 22, 1998
Quality of their Mercy not strained | Students help build homes in Tijuana

San Diego Union Tribune, March 18, 1998
Rebuilding their dreams | Drowning victims had plans for a better life in new home

San Diego Union Tribune, January 17, 1993
8 die in Tijuana mud — dam spills feared | 10,000 left homeless; evacuations ordered