When efforts are 110% altruistic, only great goodness can result. Yes, we know that 100% is a mathematical maximum in most uses. However, the Rotary Interact Youth Groups who come to Puerto Peñasco to build houses with Families Helping Families are an exception to this otherwise hard mathematical fact.
13 year old María Alejandra has been carried almost constantly in the loving arms of her mother, Margarita (Maggie) Gama Núñez, since the age of two. Alejandra was severely disabled as a result of infant vaccinations that went terribly wrong. Since the tragedy, Maggie’s relentless dedication to providing the 24 hour care that Alejandra requires while pursuing every possible avenue of rehabilitation and medical treatment for herhas been nothing short of heroic.
Surviving on hope and faith that some form of medical innovation will improve the life of her daughter, Maggie has sought, and received assistance from DIF (the quasi-state government office of family assistance for needy and disabled citizens and families) for medications, rehabilitation and medical procedures for Alejandra.
As they’ve done every Christmas holiday season since the early 2000’s, the non-profit group of incredibly generous volunteer families has put their hearts and souls into building complete homes in Puerto Peñasco and presenting them to deserving families selected from applications by needy familial enclaves who heretofore lived in totally impoverished shanties making the best
A group of about 100 generous and dedicated youth from the Utah District of Rotary International Interact and Rotaract Youth Clubs arrived in our little slice of paradise by the sea to build a home for a deserving mother and her three children. And that they did! As it has been for the last four years, this was a joint effort of the American Nonprofit Corporation, Families Helping Families Mexico, Inc, their Mexican Nonprofit, Casas Perpetuales Parker, AC and Rotary International…
On Tuesday June 26th seven local residents met at the Hacienda Restaurant in the Plaza Inn to discuss the re-formation of a Rotary Club in Puerto Peñasco. It was the San Luis Club that sponsored the original Rocky Point Rotary Club back in 1978. It was disbanded about five years ago, but the three tenured San Luis Rotarians with obvious experience is such matters were visibly enthusiastic about assisting the resurrection of a new club.
Families Helping Families and 180 Youth from Utah Rotary Club Build Three Homes—In Four Days! The first summer 20 kids raised enough money to pay for their trip and donate towards the expense of building a home. The second year the number of young service-oriented Rotarians totaled 70 motivated participants. By this year, the third year of the program, through mostly word of mouth among the youth organizations the number of youngsters more than doubled to 180, plus group leaders, chaperones and parents for a total of 240 people.
The group, ranging in age from 13 to 20, arrived on Sunday the 10th of June and on Monday went to the site that consisted only of stacks of block, bags of concrete, tools and three concrete foundations. Ralph and Jared had previously contracted to have the supplies and foundations ready for the group so they could begin immediately on the miraculous job of completing three 1,000 square foot homes, including the roofs, window and interior framing by the following Thursday— that’s four days!.