NDNU Students Sacrifice Spring Break for a Family in Need

Belmont, CA, March 2, 2011 — With its white beaches, warm water and great entertainment, Mexico is a hot spring break locale for many college students. But for some students, Mexico means no hot water or electricity, and a week of hard physical work.

Eight students from Notre Dame de Namur University will discover this side of Mexico during their alternative spring break, March 6 – 11. They, along with campus chaplain Fr. Tom Splain, Center for Spirituality director Amy Jobin and transfer admission counselor Lonnie Contreras, will travel to a camp near Tecate to build a house for a needy family, through a program called Amor Ministries.

“The richest experience is interacting with the people,” said Fr. Splain. “A highlight of our trip is the last day when we give the family the keys to their new home!”

At the beginning of the trip the NDNU group will lay a 22-footx12-foot cement foundation, and add a frame, walls, and stucco throughout the week. The family receiving the house will be present for much of the build; they’ve already purchased the land on which the house will be built.

Before the trip, the group will participate in a course, “Effective Social Change Through Activism,” in which they will learn some Latin American history. Following the trip, participants will reflect upon the experience through poetry, music, art, and other media.