Jeff Wyrick wrote -
I'm dedicating my running of the Coeur d'Alene Marathon on Memorial Day, 2011 to the resilient people of Juarez, Chihuahua and the mission work of Casas Por Cristo in El Paso, Texas. As we all well know, the city has been rocked significantly by drug cartel violence over the last three years causing a rash of social issues. With the exodus of viable American businesses and the closures of hundreds of low-paying factories, thousands upon thousands of Juarez citizens live in extreme conditions of poverty. This is worsened sadly by the fact that, after the age of nine, families must pay for their children's education. With jobs disappearing, education no longer free, drug cartel violence rampant and resources drying up, there's very few good answers for Ciudad Juarez. Casas Por Cristo builds simple but sturdy housing for impoverished families living in the Kilometers just south of Juarez. Each two-room house costs $4,700 to build and $.90 of every dollar raised goes to materials and resources to build these homes. My goal is to raise enough for one home to be built for a family in Juarez.
If you donate $40 or more, you will receive a free gift courtesy of this project...a commemorative team shirt with the glorious Corriendo design on the back and the "shoe print Mexican flag" on the front (see design in photos to the left). Once donation has been placed, send me an email titled "JUAREZ SHIRT" at firstname.lastname@example.org with your shirt size and mailing address in the body of the email. I'll keep you updated you on when those shirts will be delivering.