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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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MEXICO CAF MOTTO STORY

MEXICO CAF MOTTO STORY

On December 26, 2009 I was on the border of Mexico trying to help a family with Grandma and Grandpa get through customs with their van full of materials for our projects.  The Mexican customs agent was a very nice guy but didn’t handle English real well.  I was with Grandpa on the back of the van with the van doors open and the customs agent was asking Grandpa what all the materials were for.  There was a big bag with girls clothes in it.  Grandpa said it was for his granddaughter that had already crossed the border.  The customs agent asked about a sack of beans.  They were a donation for the poor.  He asked about a bag of used shoes.  They were a donation.  The customs agent then told us that used clothing were not allowed to cross the border because it hurt there street shop businesses that deal with used clothing.  The customs agent then asked if there any other donations.  Grandpa said no.  Then there was a bag of rice that was questioned.  Another donation that Grandpa was unaware.  The customs agent started to be suspicious about the information that grandpa was giving him.

The customs agent then went up to the front and started to talk to Grandma.  She told him about each donation that was in the van.  He asked her what they were doing in Mexico.  She told him to help the poor and build a house.  She then proceeded to pull out an email letter that Charity Anywhere had sent her.  It listed all the items that would be helpful to the work.  He took the letter and she kept telling him about the donations and the building of a house.  He looked the letter over and immediately said,  I see by your letter that you are going to Do Good and Be Good.  That is all I need to know.  You may go on into Mexico.  His limited English understood what Do Good and Be Good was all about.

Who would have ever thought that our Motto would ever enable us to cross a border to do good.

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