North County The Rotary Club of San Marcos recently gave a family in Tijuana México a gift for the holidays Their Own Home.
Rotarian Joe Madrigal has been the Project Chair. In addition to the Rotarians, students from the San Marcos High School Interact Club, which is sponsored by the Rotary club, joined the Rotary club. This leadership club worked side by side with Rotarians, and family members to make this dream come true for the Mendoza-Ventura family. This year, Mr. Madrigal also organized for members of the Rotary Club of Tijuana to participate that day in the house raising. Future joint San Marcos-Tijuana Rotary Club projects are being discussed.
The family’s mother, Esperanza Mendoza-Ventura, summed up the emotional experience as she was presented the keys to her new home, “Last night my family slept in a shack. Tonight they will sleep in a castle”. The selection of family and location for the building of the house was made with the assistance of the organization, Project Corazón.
Established in 1978, Corazón organizes construction projects with non-profit groups such as Rotary, and has over 50 construction projects a year. They build a variety of well-designed houses, classrooms, community centers or other building projects in México. Selected Mexican families in the community, called a Colonia, have participate in building their neighbors’ home, and have contributed their time to work in other ways to improve the living conditions in their Colonia.
This is the second year that the Rotary Club of San Marcos has built a house in the Tijuana area of México. The Rotary club raises the money to build houses, and fund several other major San Marcos community projects, through their annual Reverse Opportunity Fundraiser, which held in the spring. In addition, the club asks for donations from the San Marcos community. For the past two years of the México House Building Project, Star Builders Supply has donated the paint supplies Feeding 40 volunteers is a challenge. Aramark the company who supplies food services for Palomar College donated this year food.
The Rotary Club of San Marcos meets at Noon on Thursdays at the Lake San Marcos Country Club, 1750 San Pablo Drive, San Marcos. For more information about the Rotary club and its involvement in humanitarian projects, visit the club’s website at www.sm-rotary.org.