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Spotlight: Project Mexico Offers Hope to Orphans and the Homeless

For twenty-five years, the Orthodox ministry Project Mexico has been harnassing the energy of young people by sponsoring home building projects for Mexico's poor. Hundreds of needy families have moved into homes constructed for them with the help of nearly 10,000 volunteers. Sponsored by parishes from around the country including many from the Antiochian Archdiocese, and by Orthodox organizations such as the Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF), group building weeks for 2013 are already filling up. (Sign up for a summer home building week.)

There are two types of homebuilding groups hosted by Project Mexico each summer: small groups, and Orthodox Basic Training (OBT) groups. During the weeks dedicated to small group participation, teams from one, two, or three parishes construct a single home for a needy family, spend the afternoons interacting with the boys of St. Innocent's, and learn about the local culture through a visit to Rosarito. During Basic Training weeks, Project Mexico hosts larger groups who construct between four to seven homes in one week. Each evening, volunteers listen to inspiration speakers, and on Sunday builders enjoy a day of fellowship and fun at St. Innocent’s.Project Mexico's partner ministry is St. Innocent Orphanage in Tijuana. The orphanage also provides a home for the needy, in this case for teenage boys who live on the streets or who have been sent away from other orphanages. Boys at St. Innocent receive a quality education, counseling, and life skills tutoring.

Through the generosity of an anonymous benefactor, Project Mexico recently received a $50,000 matching grant; every donation offered in the month of December will be matched, up to $50,000. Friends of the ministry may donate online.