While Mexico has experienced some gains in the past decades and is no longer considered a developing country by the international community, once you arrive, you will see that there are still many people who are living and working in incredibly difficult conditions. Many of the people living in the San Quintin Valley have moved to the peninsula from mainland Mexico, most commonly from the southern state of Oaxaca, in search of work in the fields of vegetables and fruit. Many of them arrive with no savings, sometimes only speaking their indigenous languages, unable to read or write Spanish, and without birth certificates, which in turn limits access to health care and education. Despite all this, we have come to realize that our friends here are resilient, creative, and generous with the little resources they have.
As a result of the need we saw in the town of Vicente Guerrero and the surrounding San Quintin Valley communities, Live Different started working in Mexico in 2005. Many of the migrant families living here are forced to construct their small homes out of whatever they can find: scraps of wood, cardboard, and plastic. Thanks to the help of Live Different volunteers such as yourself, we have been able to build many homes, schools, and clinics in various communities in the area – and we have each been changed in the process.
The structures that we build are simple by our standards, but each home, school, and clinic is so much more – it is a beacon of hope for a better future, a reminder of the solidarity of friends from different cultures, a place of security and refuge after a long day of work, shelter from the dust and rain, and a place for celebrating the big and small joys in life.