P.O. Box 202
Friendswood, Texas 77549
Builders Without Borders of Texas, Inc., is a 501(c)3, non-profit organization that is dedicated to helping others help themselves by assisting with food, housing, education, and medical services to disadvantaged people locally and around the world.
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206 E. Edgewood
Friendswood, Texas 77546
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Mexico is where it all began for Builders Without Borders of Texas. In 2004, when the group's founders first set out the initial vision, they met with leadership from their local churches and said they wanted to go someplace where they could really make a difference, a place where they could stay long-term, someplace where no one else was helping. They were put in touch with the Texas/Mexico border area missionary for the United Methodist Church, Willie Berman. Willie led the group to Carbonera, a fishing village about 100 miles south of Brownsville, Texas. The people in the village lived in tar paper and, if lucky, sheet metal shacks with no indoor plumbing and very little electricity. Families live on an average of $10 per day. Carbonera is in Tamaulipas, considered to be the poorest state in Mexico. Education in the village stopped at the eighth grade.
The group set to work bringing volunteer teams to build houses for the neediest families in the village. For the first year, our volunteers housed in the Methodist church in Carbonera. Then BWBT was able to raise enough money to build a team house, which today has become a central point in the village. Our leadership and many volunteers built relationships and close bonds with the people in Carbonera, relationships that continue today.
With countless volunteers and by providing jobs to people in the village, over the years we have built 20 homes, chicken coops, a team house, a church, an elementary computer lab and library, remodeled part of the junior high, added a high school and College Sponsorship Program, sewing school, water plant, mobile medical clinic with garage, and a woodworking shop. Although our leadership still visits Carbonera periodically and our education programs continue to thrive, it is with great sadness that for the past couple of years we have not taken volunteer teams to Carbonera for safety reasons. The water plant is housing a family for now. It was just about to open when the decision was made to stop taking teams to Carbonera. The team house provides a retreat center for Mexican churches and has hosted several sports camps for kids. We have moved our medical clinics to the Rio Bravo/Reynosa area, visit their once a month, and we are happy to lead teams there. Volunteers in the United States continue to provide supplemental food to the village through our food program for the off-seasons when fishing is extremely limited. Please join us in continued prayer for the people of Carbonera and that we can one day begin taking teams there again and open the water plant.
A team completes a house for a family in Carbonera.
Team house in Carbonera after a pavilion was added for
meals and gatherings.
Building a Baptish church on the beach in Carbonera.
It still stands today!
It is a worship center downstairs and classrooms upstairs.