84 students from our school, Francis Parker, drove to Tijuana, Mexico on October 7th in order to build houses for families in need. Upwards of 50 of the students were from our team and the rest were members of our school’s Interact Club.
Families in these settlements go from living under tarps and corrugated metal to sleeping with a functioning roof over their head, all because of Project Mercy. We were able to support the building of two houses and assist the crews of two other houses; effectively improving the lives of a total of four families. Many more families could step into houses that weekend because of the Baja Challenge, hosted by Project Mercy. Project Mercy is the organization we travel through that makes this all possible, and we are very grateful for their mission and their work. To learn more, please visit http://www.bajachallenge.org/.
Not only does Project Mercy aid families in need in Tijuana, it enables our robotics students to use their skills for a greater cause. For instance, we came to realize that our experience with power tools and building in our shop, as well as the spanish skills we learn in school, are beneficial in ways we never knew of before.
We are able to build these houses in a single day, a seemingly unachievable feat. None of this would be possible without the incredible students that make up our team as well as our supportive mentors, not to mention Project Mercy. We are incredibly grateful for the opportunity to help others using our skills acquired on the W.A.R. Lords.