Hands Giving Hope works in the poorest parts of Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, located on the Baja Peninsula about 100 kilometers south of the US border. Over the past 5 years, this tourist town has experienced a dramatic economic downturn due to the US recession and fear of drug-cartel violence. Women, children, and the elderly are the most affected by the failing economy, with many experiencing hunger, substandard housing, and chronic unemployment.
To combat these conditions, we work with three area pastors who host feeding kitchens serving over 200 children and their families per week. We also support a growing youth baseball program to provide an alternative to the prevalent negative influences of the drug cartels. We sponsor seasonal outreach events and lead community improvement and service projects. We are in the process of purchasing land to build a community center to provide recreational and educational opportunities for the residents.