In association with Baja Christian Ministries

Building Houses and Latrines in Baja California Mexico




Proverbs 14:31
He who oppresses the poor reproaches his Maker,
        But he who honors Him has mercy on the needy.

Tijuana Mexico Living Conditions

Tijuana and its outlying communities, (colonias) is only a few short hours South of metro Los Angeles.  Thousands of Southern Californians go to Tijuana for shopping and fun but never venture past Avenue Revolution.  If they did, they would see some of the worst living conditions in the world.  Mother Teresa said, "...of all the places I've been the world, Tijuana is among the poorest."

Water is delivered by worn-out water trucks and stored at the homes in discarded 55 gal. drums.  The is no sewer system, very few working water systems and scattered un-reliable electricity.  Food and gasoline are more expensive than in the US.

In most of the colonias, there are only women and children during the days.  Most of the men are bussed off to work in the factories in town with an average wage of $50. dollars a six day week.

Most of the people live in the castoffs from the US.
Through it all they are a happy, very hard working group of people.  They try to do the same things for their families that we do.

They love their children, nurture and teach them good values, and at great sacrifice, send them to the best schools they can.

Here Yolanda does the dishes in the same sink (lavadora) she bathes her kids in.  The lavadora is a major appliance for the women.

A very resourceful people.

This is a somewhat typical latrine.

The drain for this toilet simply goes out the back of the latrine to a ditch!

When it rains here, the roads are virtually impassable.
The people still have to somehow make it to the market, buy clean water and get to work.



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