Author Archives: Clint Carter

Headed for Mexico

On December 26 a group of volunteers are headed to Tijuana Mexico to do another service project.  Some of us will be driving, some of us will be flying but we are planning to meet at the boarder in the afternoon on December 26.  We will be doing some construction projects while we are down there.  We are hoping to spread a little Christmas cheer to some families in need.

Pray for us while we are down there.

Clint

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Education Room

This is a room we built last week in Tijuana for an orphanage. Rick is the instructor and wrote this response.

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Gordon,

I am very excited about the new education room at the children´s home. Thank you very much. This is just a very wonderful thing. I was there a few times during the construction and told the people there that I appreciated it and that it has tremendous value to the kids there.

The room belongs to them but I´m hoping they will use it for just two things: teaching, and as a study hall. I will try to encourage them to keep it for only these uses.

The education room has three major benefits as I see it. First, and most important, it tell the kids that education is important. You would think that these kids and the adults who run the facility would know this but they don´t. Teenagers have a very hard time understanding (feeling strongly) the importance of education. I struggle, patiently, generally patiently, with them to get them to come to class. I will redouble my efforts to influence them patiently. Second as a study hall. Hopefully it will be a quiet place where the kids will go to do their homework away from all the other zillions of things that go on there including TV. Hopefully I can guide them in that direction. Third and last, but very important, it will be used as a teaching room.

I am just beside myself with excitement in this classroom improvement and in the impact it may make in the lives of these abused kids. It is my opinion that any child who is rejected by his/her family and lives in a children´s home has been abused by his/her family. This is abuse all by itself.

Incase you don´t know, almost all of the kids there are behind one year in school. Some are behind 6 years. One has never been to school. One has been to school for several years but has not learned to read or write. It is a challenge for me to get them to admit that they can´t read and write. They try to hide it from everyone and they sometimes resist coming to class to keep their secret. One 15 year old took a test a two months ago and passed the test for elementary education. She will take a test in a few months for middle school and hopefully start high school next fall.

Again, thank you very much. I feel like I owe you and the people who built and paid for this school room a tremendous amount for this wonderful gift. I will keep you posted on how it goes.

Rick

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May Tijuana Expedition USU Chapter

We just returned from an expedition building houses in Tijuana. This was our third trip together with Charity Anywhere Foundation. This trip was a little different though. A few months ago we had told Gordon Carter, the foundation director, that if he was ever unable to go on the trip that we’d be willing to go in his place, and he told us that he did need someone to go in May. So we were “Gordon” for the trip, which ended up being more stressful than we both imagined…but at the same time rewarding. We did a lot of running around…going from project to project to lumber yard to project to somewhere else and so on. And I’ve never understood why running errands like that is so exhausting…you’re just sitting in a car most of the time. But either way it mentally wore us out.

We had a small group for this expedition, only 13 of us total. Most of which were students from USU, but Emily’s parents also came. We split into two groups.

Project #1: was building a latrine and cleaning/painting a house for a single mother with three boys named Azucena. The mother has diabetes and was even blind for 3 years because of it. She must leave early in themorning to go to work and does not get home until late at night, so the 13 y/o son acts like the mom/dad to the younger two brothers. This family had just joined the LDS church a few weeks ago.

Her house is just a two room shack with no plumbing and “borrowed” electricity. The conditions when we got there were VERY poor. They did not have a functioning bathroom, they had a disease infested couch, etc. So we took everything out of the house and exposed every square inch of it to Clorox. Then we painted and repair the walls, built some shelves, built them a table, rearranged the furniture, and lastly built them a beautiful latrine. Honestly, the latrine is nicer than the house.

Project #2: There is a family that has been helping Charity Anywhere for years. The mom, Ellie, has been cooking for groups for about 4 years now, and it wasn’t until a few months ago that we discovered that she was living in poor conditions herself. She is a fun but stubborn lady that doesn’t want to accept charity. The woman just gives and gives but will not take anything. While she has a small home, she has a big lot (by Mexican standards) and we asked if we could build an addition onto her home so that we could store supplies at her home. The location that we have been storing supplies has been a nightmare and so we were looking for a newplace to store stuff.

So anywho, we are building a second story onto Ellie’s home so that the two children can live up there and we can store our materials downstairs. Ellie’s daughter, Arely (16), had a school talent show while we were there and all 13 of us Americans went to it. It was highly entertaining.

I love these trips so much! I love the fun Mexican families we have come to know! They have such big hearts. I am ready to see how different Africa is from Mexico.

Joey Stocking USU Chapter

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USU Chapter on Facebook

The USU Chapter of Charity Anywhere Foundation has created a “Fan Page” on Facebook. Here is their title page:

“Have you ever been interested in going on a service expedition with Charity Anywhere? Have you been on a trip with CAF? Then this is the place for you. This is the new fan page for the Charity Anywhere, USU Chapter. Here you can see upcoming trips, meeting dates and times for campus information sessions, and download applications for trips. You can also come here to ask questions you have!”

USU Chapter of CAF

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USU Chapter on Facebook

The USU Chapter of Charity Anywhere Foundation has created a “Fan Page” on Facebook. Here is their title page:

“Have you ever been interested in going on a service expedition with Charity Anywhere? Have you been on a trip with CAF? Then this is the place for you. This is the new fan page for the Charity Anywhere, USU Chapter. Here you can see upcoming trips, meeting dates and times for campus information sessions, and download applications for trips. You can also come here to ask questions you have!”

USU Chapter of CAF

Become A Fan of CAF’s USU Chapter on Facebook

Join CAF’s Facebook Group

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Clinic in Otavalo Ecuador

We have been given a new clinic by the city of Otavalo in Ecuador but we need $40,000 to fund the clinic for a year. We need donations to pay for the rent, utilities, supplies, doctors and dentists. If we are unable to sustain the clinic, it will revert back to the government and we may miss out on a wonderful opportunity to serve the needy families in that area of Ecuador.

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New Years Tijuana Trip ’09-’10

Who: Anyone! You don’t need to know spanish or have construction experience. What: Building Houses For the Poor in Tijuana, Mexico When: December 26th, 2009 to January 2nd, 2010

Here are some photos from this expedition. If you would like to see them all, please follow the link below to the official Facebook Page of Charity Anywhere, New Years Tijuana Trip ’09-’10.

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=194991940967&ref=ts#%21/group.php?v=photos&gid=194991940967

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List of New Expeditions for 2010

March 13-21 Tijuana Mexico – construction

March 27-April 3 Tijuana, Mexico – construction

June 5-12 Senegal Africa orphanage work

June 12-19 Tijuana Mexico – construction

July 10-18 Tijuana Mexico – construction

August 14-22 Tijuana Mexico

Sept. 11-19 Haiti – earthquake assistance

Oct. 9-17 Agua Prieta, Mexico construction

Nov. 20-28 Tijuana, Mexico construction

Dec. 26 – Jan. 2 Tijuana, Mexico construction

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