Juice Inc. president and partner, Alex Somos takes an annual trip to Mexico to help build houses for families there who go without the basic need of a roof over their head. This year, the goal is for he and his team to build two homes in a week, rather than one. Over the next few days we will provide you with some of his thoughts as he and his family offer their support to those in need. This is the first of his “Mexican Blogs”.
My day started with the call of roosters trying to outdo each other, and mourning doves filling in the spaces. It was sunny all day with a strong wind constantly at our backs. We laughed as we wiped our faces and saw how much dirt clung to our cloths.
When we got to the work site we were greeted by three children ages two up to six. It’s hard to tell how old they are because they are small due to poor nutrition. Their mom, Maria Carmen, came out to greet us with her baby wrapped in blankets. It just gave us so much joy to see their expectant, happy faces. They live in a patchwork building made of cardboard, discarded pieces of wood, hard board and plastic. The outhouse is in much-needed state of repair and doesn’t offer us gringos the comfort we are used to. We take bathroom runs back to the base to ease everybody’s cares and fears. Our group has 12 people of mostly teens, a great group of women (all of who are moms) and a couple of us veterans.
The team gathered in a circle on the top of a cement pad. I asked the group what they were standing on. After a number of different answers someone finally said, “A foundation?” I commented that we all have foundations, except ours are typically invisible. I encouraged the group to think about what beliefs make up their foundations and to use this time to reflect upon them and ask themselves if they need to address any.
Beliefs are foundational and they drive our behavior. Are yours serving you and your life purpose? Are there any you need to leave behind? After a little reflection time we reviewed the plans, organized our team and got busy. I can tell you the teens were enthusiastic, they were fun and they worked very diligently. I was so touched as they engaged with the kids - helping them hammer or move smaller pieces of wood. The day flew by... We managed to build the outer wall and roof panels. Tomorrow we paint (always fun with the kids, everyone helping), assemble the outer shell and put the roof on. Hopefully we will have it sheeted before day’s end. Maria Carmen picked a bright red for the exterior colour with white trim...
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