The Interact Club of La Jolla High School, California, USA, is making a
difference by helping to build new homes for some of the poorest
residents of Tijuana, Mexico.
Interactors and the sponsor Rotary Club of La Jolla have collaborated
with Project Mercy, a San Diego-based nonprofit that brings groups to
Mexico for a day to build simple single-family houses.
"This is a unique opportunity for the students to understand the
incredible difference they can make in communities in need," says
Rotarian Calvin Mann, the La Jolla club's youth service committee
chair. "It's a universally good experience."
Through Project Mercy, Interactors have built 11 homes for families in
the last three years. A group of about 15 to 20 Interactors, parents,
and Rotarians can build a home in one day. Interactors raise $3,500 per
home through school fundraising activities and Rotarian contributions.
Project Mercy works with communities to identify needy families, many of
whom live in flimsy shacks with dirt floors and tarp roofs. The
organization hires local construction workers to pour concrete
foundations, then brings in volunteers to build the homes.
The project is just one of five stories highlighted on the new Interact
promotional DVD, Interact: Make a Difference,
designed to inspire young people to join Interact and to motivate
Rotarians to sponsor a club in their community.
Watch the video
In the series, Interactors and Rotarians explain the effect Interact has
had on their lives and how the program is making a difference in their
communities and around the world. The four remaining stories will be
posted on the RI website in the coming months.
The videos also will be available on RI's YouTube channel so club
members can embed them on their own social networking pages, sharing the
Interact message with a broader audience.
Source : Rotary International News / Courtesy : eFlash_Rotary
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