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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.


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CAF is supporting the following projects

Charity Anywhere Foundation is supporting the following projects on a monthly basis.

  • Safe Harbour – Layton, Utah – Domestic violence for women and children – Furnish supplies for living.
  • Safe Harbour – Salt Lake City, Utah – Domestic violence for women and children- Furnish living supplies.
  • Lowell Park Apartment- Salt Lake City, Utah – Low cost housing Senior citizen center – Furnish supplies to keep seniors active and productive.
  • St. Vincent medical clinic – Tijuana, Mexico – We pay their utilities each month.
  • Casa de Hogar – Tijuana, Mexico – orphanage – 75 children – Each month we supply living supplies.
  • Malnurished women and children – Senahu, Guatemala – Each month we support 200 mothers and children with Incaperina
  • Daycare center for single mothers – Quetzaltenago, Guatemala – Daily child care for single working mothers.
  • Medical and dental services – Ecuador – Each month we have 2-4 medical-dental expeditions to poor villages throughout Ecuador.

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Dentist in Tijuana Mexico

For the last 20 years Charity Anywhere Foundation has helped volunteers go into poor areas and help on medical/dental expeditions or have worked with volunteers build and repair homes in poor neighborhoods in Central and South America and Mexico. There goal was to provide better homes and better medical advantages for those who were struggling in poverty. There have many stories to be told. But this one helped the volunteers to understand that their service was more than providing a better place to live.

Many years ago a religious group came to a poor village in Mexico. They worked together to build homes for some of those who desperately needed adequate places to live. A little girl named Juana lived in that village. Her family was very poor and lived in very challenging circumstances. She knew she was poor and would never be able to raise her head above poverty. Her eyes were cast down because she thought she had no worth. But that year these wonderful people from America came again and chose her family to assist. They spent many days hammering and pounding and painting. To her amazement, they build a nice house for her family where they could live and be safe. The Americans were smiling and playing with her. She was so happy. She began to think that if these wonderful people would build a house for her family that she must be important afterall. She thought that maybe she was an important person.

The years went by and little Juana changed her attitude and her thinking. She worked very hard so that she could go to school. In school she studied every day so that she would do well and could get a job to help her family and others. She realized that she was smart and could learn hard things. As she finished high school she determined that she wanted to be a dentist. She knew she could do it. She continued to study and work hard and soon she graduated dental school.

Dr. Juana Ramirez now works in her own office in the outskirts of Tijuana. She said that she knows how important it is to have Americans come to help. She now donates some of her time to work with the students and families who come to her area with Charity Anywhere Foundation. She wants others to have the same experience that she had. She wants other children to know that they have value and can do great things. Thanks to Dr. Ramirez, many families are able to have free dental care through CAF and their volunteers. She said that she hopes that there will be a brighter future to all those that experience the generosity of these young Americans. She envisions the changes one child at a time.

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New Calendar Items

Dental expedition to Tijuana Mexico by BYU dental club – May 21-28.

Fund raising dinner in Loomis California – March 25

Golf Tournament in West Valley City, Ut. Wednesday June 22.

april 21-30 Peru – construction – Partner with the Heartwalk Foundation

June 11-18 TJ expedition – construction

June 18-25 Shine Mission dental expedition to Quito , Ecuador

July 9-18 TJ construction

Aug. 6-13 – Israel – Kibbutz construction

Aug.6-13 TJ Construction

Sept. 17-25 – India – Leper Colony – Education

Nov. 19-26 TJ Construction Agua Prieta, Mexico – Construction

Dec. 26-Jan. 2 – Tj Construction Agua Prieta, Mexico – Construction

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In the Utah Statesman

A very nice article was written about Charity Anywhere Fondation in “The Utah Statesman” today.

Here are a few quotes from the news paper article.

“”Our goal is to make a difference in other countries and change attitudes and hearts here in the U.S.,” said Susan Carter, co-founder of the Charity Anywhere Foundation (CAF).”

“This year we are planning projects and expeditions to Ecuador, Guatemala, Peru, Haiti and with Native Americans in the outback of Alaska,” Carter said.”

“The CAF also has groups at the University of Utah, BYU, Utah Valley University, Weber College and in other states as well as Great Britain. Clearfield High School is sending a group of over 60 people sponsored by the organization to Tijuana to repair and build houses over Christmas break.”

To read the full article, please follow this link to The Utah Statesman.

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eagle scout project

On Nov. 19, Davis Newman, a boy scout, will be traveling to Tijuana to complete his eagle scout project. He has constructed 50 picture frames. He will take them to Tijuana and take pictures of poor families. He will take a printer and print each picture and then deliver them to the families. This will help Charity Anywhere with wonderful public relations. We also have a married couple going to Tijuana and they will be helping local dentists in their dental office during Thanksgiving week.

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delivery van full of dental equipment

We have a delivery van full of dental equipment that needs to be driven to LA and then on into Tijuana, Mexico. It would be a 3 day trip. To LA the first day, deliver and pickup at the same place, then drive to Tijuana, Mexico and delivery the next day and then return home. Could be done in 2 days but it would be a killer run. If you can help let me know. We would like it done before Oct. 3

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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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