Photos by Kathryn Watson

Photos by Kathryn Watson


News Release

For the third consecutive year, the Mammoth Lakes Noon Rotary Club organized a group of nearly 50 volunteers who traveled to Tecate, Mexico on Saturday, May 3 to build a house in a day.  The Rotary Club worked with Corazon, Inc, a non-profit organization from Orange County that coordinates the construction of houses in Tecate and Tijuana.  They team up with service organizations like Rotary, churches and schools who raise the $7,800 in funds to purchase the materials and recruit 30-50 volunteers.

The construction crew included members of the Mammoth Lakes Noon and Bishop Noon Rotary Clubs, their friends and families, and about a dozen students from Mammoth and Bishop High Schools who are members of their Rotary sponsored Interact Clubs.  Among the volunteers was Vicki Puliz, the District Governor of Rotary District 5190 who travelled from Reno for the project.  Most of the volunteers spent Friday night in El Cajon so they could get up bright and early for a 6 am gathering before traveling across the border to the site of the construction project in the Village of Serra Azul, 12 kilometers south of the border.

The builders struggled through 90+ degree heat and finished at about 6 pm.  During a brief closing ceremony, the keys to

Mammoth volunteers with Andrade family in doorway

Mammoth volunteers with Andrade family in doorway

the new house were turned over to the Estrada-Villa family who had donated hundreds of hours of community service before becoming eligible for a home.  

Corazon provides lead builders who supervise the construction of the 16 X 20 standard construction house.  The houses have no electricity or water, but are a secure residence for the occupants.  

Anyone looking for more information about Corazon can go to their website at Corazon.Org. 



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