We offer group and individual mission trips to Acuña, México. In three to four days, partner with a local church to construct a home from start to finish for a family in need. Beginning in 2016, we will offer one type of home in Acuña, known as the Acuña model.
Hidden behind the banks of the Rio Grande lies the city of Acuña, México, which borders Del Rio, Texas. It has over 134,000 inhabitants. Because of the growing number of factories springing up in this border town many people come here in search of work.
Those familiar with the border town of Juárez, may be surprised by the smaller feel of Acuña. It is a commercial and manufacturing center for agriculture where cattle and sheep are raised and wheat and nuts are the primary crops. The climate is extremely humid with temperatures reaching their peak near 100 degrees in the summer months. Children and adults alike can be seen utilizing the local rivers and lakes as a way to escape the summer heat.
A typical family in Acuña earns $60 a week, often times being employed by a local factory or maquila. With an average family size of four, this income is barely enough to survive and provide for their most basic needs. Public education is not free, causing families to struggle to provide the money needed for uniforms, books, and tuition. Due to the lack of income, there is rarely any money left over to purchase materials to help build adequate housing. For this reason, the homes in Acuña are similar to what can be seen in many border towns. Families utilize scrap materials and anything that they can find to build homes to shelter their families. There is a vicious cycle that is created due to lack of job opportunity and income that prevents a family from being able to provide for even their most basic needs. Through building homes our ministry helps relieve this burden of housing so that families can focus their income towards providing food and education for their family in order to help break this cycle.
Acuña Group Trip Costs 2017
- $6,700 | Groups of 14-20 people | Three room home | México model
- Deposit: $1,000/project
- Additional Costs: meals, travel, lodging, and insurance
- Lodging: $20/person/week| At a local church | Bedding not included
- Optional: Acuña meal plan | $25/person/day | Three meals/day | 14 person minimum
Acuña Individual / Team Casas Trip Costs 2017
- $650 per person ages 12 and up / $200 per child ages 0-11
- Deposit: $100/person
- Includes all meals, travel, lodging, and insurance in country
- Does not include travel to and from Del Rio, Texas
- Dates: December 27 - 30, 2017
(at least 13 volunteers still needed by November 27)