Hope Without Borders

The Casas de Luz Club at Canyon Crest Academy (CCA) is helping families in Tijuana, Mexico by building homes and delivering donations. Each year the club works to achieve its goal of raising $4,500 and completing one home build, where all club members have the opportunity to go to Mexico together and build a home for a family in need. Home builds are two days long, with club members arriving on Saturday, staying overnight at a local orphanage, and returning on Sunday. CCA’s Casas de Luz Club, which consists of approximately 30 members, often works with neighboring schools such as Torrey Pines High School, San Dieguito Academy, and Westview High School to host fundraisers or events in Mexico. All of these high school clubs are associated with the larger Casas de Luz nonprofit organization.

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CCA’s Casas de Luz Club President Mariella Gauvreau, who also works as an intern for the Casas de Luz organization, first became involved with the club as a way of practicing her Spanish and learning more about the Mexican culture. “My favorite thing about working with the club is meeting students from different grades or different parts of campus that I wouldn’t have met otherwise,” Mariella said. “We all come together because we have similar passions and goals. We love Spanish and love helping others. It’s amazing to see how much we can get done when we work together!” The club is always accepting donations of things like couches, lamps, windows, doors, and other household items to take to Mexico. For more information about Casas de Luz go to www.casasdeluz.org. To learn more about the club at CCA email ccacasasdeluz@gmail.com.