The San Quintin Valley is located 300 miles, or 4 driving hours, south of the US/Mexican border. It is the world's largest producer of tomatoes, but also grows such crops as strawberries, chili peppers, cucumbers, and green beans which are mostly exported to the US and Europe.
Much of the population of the San Quintin Valley is made up of migrants from the state of Oaxaca who migrated in hopes of a better life for their families. But many now live in unsanitary living conditions and homes that are shelters made of discarded cardboard and plastic.
Unfortunately, more often than not, their children are forced to drop out of school before they can complete their education to care for younger siblings still at home. This early drop-out rate is especially the case when girls often become pregnant in their teens. This lack of education then ensures that they have little, to no, choice but to follow the same path as their parents.
Our goal at Mission San Quintin Dream Center (MSQ DC) is not to drop in and give charity, but to partner with the people of the San Quintin Valley, to provide food and housing where wages simply won't cover and to help give them the resources they need so their children can remain in school and become educated. In this way, MSQ DC aims to break the extreme cycle of poverty and bring the hope and transformation of Jesus into their lives.