Student Life Crosses Mexican Border to Help

Two Western New Mexico University students break from doing construction on a house in Agua Prieta, Mexico.

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For The Mustang student newspaper, 18-year-old Western New Mexico University freshman Bridgette McGallicher penned an article about the recent service-learning trip a few students took with Student Life organization Mustang Cares. Read Bridgette’s full story here or check out the abbreviated version below.

The Western New Mexico University Department of Student Life recently teamed up with an organization called Rancho Feliz to help families across the border in Aqua Prieta, Mexico.

There, the team experienced three days full of excitement. While building houses for needy families, they mixed cement by hand for foundations and raised walls. They also visited a drug rehab center and helped the community by cleaning an abandoned Jewish cemetery that was filled with trash.

When asked about the trip, Jayden Jones says, “I learned to be grateful for what you have, even if it’s nothing.”

Gloria Umutoni, another student on the trip, explained that she wanted to go just to travel. When she got there, though, she explained it wasn’t all about sightseeing. She felt that it was more genuine. “Oh my gosh. I got to help out. Now that’s all I want to do,” she said.

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