Here is a great article written in the USU Statesman about USU students volunteering for Charity Anywhere during spring break.
A group of around 30 people drove down to Tijuana Mexico over the Christmas break to do some construction projects for some needy families. Clint Carter took his flip video along and took some short video clips of some of the activities. We would like to thank all of those families, and students for giving of their time and money to help on this project. We hope that all that were involved found the experience fun and rewarding.
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.
Wright, who was injured earlier this month in a traffic accident near campus, was a member of both the USU chapter of the Charity Anywhere Foundation and the Independent Music Club. The two organizations have combined to organize the concert, hoping to raise money to help pay Wright’s medical expenses.
Read the full article below.
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.
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.
Joey Stocking USU Chapter
There will be 2 humanitarian expeditions going to Tijuana Mexico in May 2010.
USU is taking a group on May 8th which still has some room for volunteers. They will be doing some construction projects. This group of volunteers will be taking up to 20 people for this service project.
A group from the Timpanogos LDS Ward in Utah will be going to Tijuana Mexico May 15. They will also be doing some construction service projects in Mexico. This group of volunteers will be taking up to 20 people for this service project.
If you are interesting in joining one of these groups, please contact Gordon Carter.
Here are some more awesome pictures of the USU (Utah State University) expedition to Tijuana Mexico. They are planning many more trips, please contact us or them if your are interested. All photos provided by Jim Speth. You can find all of these pictures on his website at http://www.jimspeth.com/tijuana/
During Spring Break 2010, a group of USU students traveled down to Tijuana Mexico to server the needy. Jim Speth, a professional photographer, took a number of wonderful pictures while they were working. Over the next few weeks I’ll be posted some of these images from this expedition.
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!”