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Partners with Rotary Club
Tri-Valley APAPA partnered with Antioch CA Rotary Club to participate in an international service project in San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora, Mexico from Dec. 26 to Dec. 31 2017. Activities were organized with the help of HEP – Hearts Empowering The Poor organization, who also sponsored the event.
The team included a group of 15 volunteers from San Ramon and Antioch, CA. Traveling more than ten hours, they arrived to a small city, home to many people who live in shacks living life without basic human necessities – food, clean clothes and a sturdy and safe place to live.
To help assist these families in need, the team painted the exterior of a house, mixed mortar for bricklaying and transported bricks to the building site where a house extension was built for one of the families.
The team also visited San Judas Orphanage – home to many abused and abandoned children. They brought gifts to the children and spent time with them there.
The experience in Mexico was both rewarding and fun. Thank you to the team members and volunteers who helped make a difference in the lives of the people in that city.
Stories from Volunteers:
Clifford Yao – 12/31/2017
“My trip to San Luis Rio Colorado in December 2017 was an extremely humbling and eye-opening experience, organized by Hearts Empowering the Poor. The city is one of the poorest areas in the world, with families living in shacks and cardboard houses that are smaller than the size of my room. I am blessed to have had the opportunity to see how these people live under unimaginable conditions. To participate in a project that helps and guides these families in the right direction is irreplaceable.
During the trip, we engaged in multiple different activities such as giving away buckets full of food, hygiene products, toys, etc., visiting the local orphanage, seeing a clinic that helps treat various needs, and of course helping to build a house. This accounts for only some of the things we saw and experienced. Giving away buckets to families living in harsh conditions was heartwarming, to see how grateful they were and the joy in their eyes. The local orphanage was filled with children under the age of 18 who have been through rough times. We brought them toys, games, and even treated them to a banana split! The kids do not often receive new toys or have a large group of people visit them, so they were ecstatic to meet and play with us. It was a great time playing and engaging with the people in the orphanage. The majority of our time in Mexico was devoted to preparing and building a house extension for a local family of six. The transportation of brick, painting the house, sifting sand, etc. was hard work but rewarding to know that we assisted in building an extension for a very deserving family.
The people I met through this trip were amazing, whether it was the people I worked alongside with or the kids and families I met in Mexico. They were all engaged, making the overall trip and work fun. I hope to do this again in the future and would strongly urge everyone to participate in a great opportunity like this.”
Starr Cheng –12/31/2017
“Shelter is essential to survival, providing a basic shield against rain and the glaring heat of the sun. Thus, I jumped at the opportunity to participate in this trip to the Mexico-U.S. border in order to help those in need to establish basic materials necessary to thrive. Not only did the group help one family establish a home, but the group also participated in orphanage activities and passed out food and supplies to families in the area.
The trip was an eye-opener for me. I realized that many more in this world are unable to provide for their families with a nice home. Building a home from the ground up with my own hands taught me the difficulty of carving one’s own niche in the world without any outside support. As I carried, cut, and stacked bricks over the period of four days, I felt myself growing stronger not only physically, but mentally.”
About this Chapter
- Marsha Golangco, Chair
- Andy Li, Vice Chair
- Margaret Liang, President
- Min Tsao, Vice President
- Lily Zhu, Treasurer
- Tiffany Yang, Secretary