Helping homeless in Mexico
Students from The John Wallis Academy are on a mission to combat Mexico’s poverty, one house at a time.
As part of the Build Hope project, 14 students and three members of staff from the academy in Ashford have travelled to Tijuana in Mexico to build a house for a homeless family.
Along with The National Christian Youth Agency, Urban Saints, the students will build an 11ft by 22ft house with concrete floors, stucco-finished exterior, two windows, a weather sealed roof and a door.
The students have employed all of their talents to raise the funds for the trip – from charity car washes to bingo nights, and Mexican soirees to rock gigs – bringing in an impressive £16,500 in just under nine months.
John McParland, principal of the Academy said: “This has been a tremendous team building exercise for our students who will have the opportunity of a life changing experience with their trip to Mexico.
“The whole academy community has entered into the spirit of this project to help better the lives of others who are less fortunate than ourselves.”
The team left for Tijuana on Saturday, and will stay for 10 days.
Pupils from the John Wallis Academy will be helping to build a house in Mexico