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Video from MC Gives Back – Chiapas

We wanted to share this incredible video that our friends over at Film Lab Creative put together for us. This video highlights our time in Chiapas, Mexico working side by side with Young Life Mexico.

We hope this inspires you to find a way to give back in your own lives. If you do, we would love to hear about it. Send us your story and we might just blog about it!

 

 

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Photos from Chiapas

Here are a few photos from our 2013 MC Gives Back trip to Chiapas:

 

 

No Obstacle for MC!

Youth camps are a huge part of how Young Life connects with kids in each community where they are represented. After being established just one year ago, Young Life Mexico has dreams of putting on a camp for kids next April. A property was donated to use for the camp, and the MC team was tasked with adding a little fun and games to the property by building an obstacle course for the kids. With shovels in hand, we got to work on Monday and Tuesday to build a mud pit and several obstacles for the course. The first task was to dig a hole 15 feet by 30 feet and 3 feet deep – with shovels and pick axes. After two hours of digging, we realized this was a very large job. Each week, we have an internal meeting called “Smarter Not Harder” where we look for efficiencies within MC where we can offer better service to our customers. So we put our heads together and noticed a backhoe working in a nearby farm. After a little negotiating and the exchange of a few pesos, a job was created and the hole was dug very quickly. With the hours gained from this excellent decision, several other parts of the obstacle course were completed that wouldn’t otherwise have been. The day finished with the students from the Escuela Telescundaria 428 visiting for another soccer game and some swimming. They also got a preview of the obstacle course and are really looking forward to April. With two major projects completed this week, our team has accomplished what they set out to do. Great work, MC Gives Back 2013 team!!

Extreme Middle School Makeover – Chiapas Edition

What a great start to our 2013 MC Gives Back trip! After three short days in Chiapas working alongside the Mexican students and staff, the MC team has accomplished quite a bit.

As we entered Escuela Telescundaria 428, the school was in great need of a fresh coat of paint, and the students welcomed us with lots of excitement. We applied over 30 gallons of paint to the entire school, giving it a fresh look. Having the students work with us side by side helped to create a sense of pride and ownership of the project. The school went from run down to rejuvenated over the course of a couple days, with plenty of breaks for pickup USA vs Mexico soccer games.

Over 100 soccer balls are lost each year due to a low fence around the concrete playing field. Another project was to increase the fence height to help with this issue. The boys from the school were amazing as they climbed scaffolding to create a net 20 feet high. The boys then insisted on a soccer game to test out the net.

The school’s computer lab consisted of very outdated PCs, and the principal explained how the kids huddle around the few computers to do their school work. Much of their curriculum is delivered online and every child in this day and age needs to know how to operate computers. The Maintenance Connection team decided to make a trip to the local electronics store and picked up nine new computers, while the rest of the team cleaned and painted the computer lab. Once installed, the students and staff were incredibly grateful.

It has been an incredible start to the week, and we are just getting started. Tomorrow, the team will begin building an obstacle course for the kids to use during their summer camp.

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Bienvenido a bordo

Here we go! The group is all here in LA and we are about to board our flight to Mexico City and then hop a commuter to Chiapas!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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