About eight years ago, the Rotary Club of East Los Angeles decided to develop a project in Ensenada. Several Club members drove down to Ensenada and were introduced to the Gabriel House, an orphanage for disabled children located a few miles south of Ensenada. Over the years, the Rotary Club of East Los Angeles has been involved with a number of work projects including fixing the showers, repairing walls, painting, drywalling, digging trenches, fixing the roof and adding closet space. During this time the Club has also bought food and cleaning supplies and carpet.
In the last couple years with the aid of Pan American Bank, the Rotary Club of East Los Angeles made contact with Channel 34 (Univision) and they produced a three part program that resulted in thousands of diapers being donated to the Club for the benefit of The Gabriel House. Within the past year and a half, thanks to Rotarian Dolores Diaz-Carrey, the Rotary Club of East Los Angeles now has the aid of the USC School of Biokinesiology and a UCLA Orthopedic doctor to actually treat the disabled children and train the staff of Gabriel House. These most recent trips to Gabriel House also provide much needed hands-on experience for graduate students from USC.
The videos below show the series of news stories produced by Univision.
While the children are being seen and repairs are being done at Gabriel House, a few Rotarians make a trip to Casa de Ancianos, also located in Ensenada. They deliver donated adult diapers and also purchase any needed pantry and cleaning items at a nearby warehouse store.