In 1989 there was no opportunity for higher education in Vicente Guerrero, until construction of the University of Tijuana began later that year. Our children had promise!
We purchased an unfinished building near the proposed university which became the “TJ House”, a home for our students. Hannah and Mark Larson were the first house parents for 20 students. Almost 300 children have now had the privilege of living at the students’ home while attending trade schools or the university.
Franco Vazquez came from the coastal state of Guerrero (not to be confused with Vicente Guerrero). The little boy saw his father murdered and a stray bullet struck Franco’s elbow.
Because of threats to the family they fled to “Los Pinos”, just south of the Baja Mission.
The mother, an alcoholic, was mistreating her children so Franco was brought to our children’s home. He had elbow surgery at Shriner’s Hospital in Los Angeles. Today, 15 years later, he is enrolled at the university in Tijuana.
Magai Arguelles’ mother was abandoned by her husband leaving her with four children to provide for. She was desperate! She worked two jobs and did washing and ironing for others. The children were left alone while she was working.
A security guard at the local hospital told her about our children’s home. She needed help. The Baja Mission provided a sanctuary, a safe place for her children. Magai is now attending the University of Tijuana and is studying to be an orthodontist.
Today, Ricardo and Andrea Bolanos are house parents to 20 students of promise at the TJ House.
You can sponsor a student going on to higher education.
Call our office (949) 492-2200 or visit www.ffhm.org to set up your sponsorship.