Please take a look and meet the

families and volunteers who built

these beautiful homes

#1   #2    #3    #4    #5    #6    #7    #8    #9    #10   #11  

#12   #13   #14   #15   HARVEST GROUP  #16


#19      #20


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A 16'x20' home costs: $10,000

(this cost may change)

this includes a furniture package which provides:

   -a metal frame bunk bed

   -new bedding

   -kitchen table and chairs

   -place settings

   -a propane stove with tank

   -tool kit


   -even a clock on the wall


Our teams stay in a renovated hotel across from the beach in Ensenada (really)

It doesn't take any previous experience to help build a home

You fly into San Diego and we drive a couple hours south along the Baja coast to Ensenada

The best fish tacos you have ever tasted are part of the package

The family makes a special lunch for the team  

The cement pad for the house has been poured and all the tools, equipment and supplies are waiting at the site the morning we begin  

How are the families chosen?

Each family is carefully screened against a set of requirements to

make sure the most needy families receive our help.




















It's difficult to arrive at a family’s actual need using simple metrics, so Homes of Hope has a dedicated staff who oversee an application process for everyone. Families apply in person. Homes of Hope will visit their home to asses their situation, and investigate the validity of their claims. Then a committee meets, and based on prayer and the recommendations from the field staff, select the families for whom we will build.


How long does it take to build a home?

Each home is built in two full working days or a total of 16 hours. It takes approximately 15 people to build a house. Family teams with children 14 and under can be larger going up to 25 people.

Change a family. Change a community.

Change the world.



We have built 19 homes in two countries with Olivia's Basket and Homes of Hope.

Each home holds a special meaning to us. Hundreds of volunteers from 8 to 82 years old have helped us along the way traveling from Norway, Switzerland, Denmark and

all over the United States.

This doesn't happen without a really good organization to work with.

We build primarily through Homes of Hope, an organization we were affiliated with years before Olivias accident. Homes of Hope has been building in the Baja area of Mexico for almost 20 years and have completed over 3000 houses. Rather than try to tell it all to you here, get a detailed explanation of who Homes of Hope is and why they do what they do. It is truly inspiring.

we like to answer questions

Land: The families we build for must have rights to their land; whether that means they own it, or are making payments.

Children: The family has children under the age of 18. Typically families have 3 or more children, however exceptions are made depending on the level of hardship discovered. 

Income: Families who would not otherwise have means to build a home, and as such, make less than $100 US

per week.

Living Conditions: Families who have an immediate need for shelter are given the highest preference.

Special Circumstances: Families who may not meet all of the above criteria  may still qualify due to special circumstances. A family with a higher level of income, for example, may still qualify, if one of the family members had a chronic medical condition that made the situation more difficult.


Dedicated to Olivia Ray, Olivia's Basket provides aid and support to special projects around the world, helping those in need. Join us.