Every year I spend my spring break in Tijuana
building houses for families in need and ever year I realize more and more how important it is for all of us to do whatever we can to give back to people around the world. It has really impacted me in so many ways, all of which I wish I could share with you however, that would take away from the mystery of going on the trip yourself.
Yes, there are many things that can be done here in my own back yard but there is something about heading out to an unfamilier land to help build hope to those in desperate need that brightens my spirits. The people of Tijuana need our help. Every year that I make the trip I am moved by something different.
A few years back I remember being strongly impacted just by the surroundings. It seems so hard to rise up out of poverty when everyone around you is in the same situation. Some years I am moved by the amount of strength those parents have. This last spring break i was so encougaged by the little children to keep moving forward. These children play in suage water, kick wods of paper as balls on the street and often go with out meals. These kids have somthing I think a lot of us as adults still lack and that is the ability to not be affected by the outside world. For me growing up the grass was always greener on the other side but for these children, their grass is just as green as anyone elses.
I am so glad to have been blessed with the opperatunity to make this trip every year and wish nothing more then for everyone in their life tiem to be able to take some time and go give back whether its helping out at a local recycling plant or traveling to a third world country. Together, as open minded travelers we can start making this world a more inviting place by being positive examples and showing others the importance of travel.