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San Diego Volunteers Build a Home in One Day for a Family in Tijuana

June 11, 2022
Press Release

San Diego Volunteers Build a Home in One Day for a Family in Tijuana


Erich Foeckler

Director of Philanthropy

(o) 619-284-7979

(c) 619-807-2849



June 11, 2022 - A team of fifteen International Relief Teams (IRT) volunteers ), in partnership with Project Mercy, will build a home for a family in Tijuana on Saturday, June 11, 2022.  The team of volunteers will begin and complete the construction of a house for the a  family that currently lives in a shelter made of scrap material in an informal settlement community with no running water or electricity.

The Colonia El Niño near Tijuana is made up of migrant families, most from central Mexico, searching for better opportunities.The cost of living, school expenses, and low wages often leave these families with insufficient funds to afford adequate shelter – leaving them exposed to the elements and susceptible to disease.

“Life is very challenging for these families,”says Angelica Ocampo, IRT’s Chief Executive Officer. “IRT is dedicated to improving the quality of life for our neighbors in Tijuana and we are grateful to the volunteers who donate their time to make this possible.”  

International Relief Teams has been working in settlement communities of Tijuana since 2016, in partnership with Project Mercy, building30 houses and a school and engaging 800 volunteers. Due to the travel restrictions caused by Covid 19,this is the first new home build in two years.

International Relief Teams alleviates the suffering caused by poverty and disaster around the globe, from the forgotten corners of the world to right here at home, by sending volunteer teams and medical supplies to make immediate change for the world’s most vulnerable people. For more information visit: http://www.irteams.org.

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