The Other Side of Cabo



From dirt streets to the pilot’s seat

Irvin is a young man attempting to escape poverty in Mexico by becoming a commercial airline pilot. Your one-time or repeating gift—of $20 per month, or perhaps even $100 per month—makes you a co-pilot in his unfolding story…

It was on the streets of Acapulco that his mother, Laura, tried to cover 9-year-old’s eyes when a cartel hitman killed somebody in front of him. Sadly, she didn’t cover them well enough, and Irving saw his head explode. Then, a short time later, his uncle was also murdered in Acapulco.

It was time for a move…


Brayan’s Story

We first met Brayan at the beach in Cabo San Lucas. It wasn’t a planned encounter.

Teresa and I were playing tourists, enjoying the 75-degree winter sunshine of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Brayan approached us with his homemade potato chips and Valentina Hot Sauce, asking us to buy. We soon discovered his needs and those of his family were much greater than just making a sale.

Brayan was easy to identify. Among the kids selling food and souvenirs on Medano Beach that day, only one child had an eye permanently wandering in the wrong direction—a condition known as ” strabismus.” Brayan was unable to align both his eyes upon the object of his attention.

Some might call it an accidental encounter with Brayan. Depends on your prospective; others would say it was preordained. Either way, this was our introduction to the kids that live on the other side of Cabo, about five kilometers up dusty dirt roads and far from the fancy tour at hotels.

Throughout our marriage, Teresa would tell me about her experiences growing up poor in Chihuahua, Mexico, near the Texas border.  We would compare he life with my rather privileged upbringing. And sitting on the beach that day with our new friend, Brayan, we could no longer be “just” tourists, enjoying the beach in Cabo anymore. We needed to find a way to change lives, to be part of the solution to the poverty found in Mexico.

Our encounter with Brayan turned out to be part of the answer to the question we had been asking each other, and God:

“How can we find our niche to help poor people in a city filled with both rich tourists and impoverished residents?”

Months before that day we had ventured into the streets on the poor side of Cabo, learning about the people’s needs and the extent to which these needs were rbeing met. During those trips in our aging minivan we came across Amigos de Los Amigos, an organization that gives free operations to kids in need. Among those surgeries—eye operations.

That day on the beach, as we munched on Brayan’s potato chips (Teresa’s with hot sauce, mine without), asked Brayan to join us for lunch on the beach the following day to talk about the possibilities of surgery.

He arrived on time—along with three other children from his neighborhood who heard that a couple of Americans were buying lunch! Our group of your friends had grown to four! Teresa then invited the four to go to the movies. A couple days later, our four new frieneds walked five kilometers to meet her at the theater—along with six other kids who had heard a couple of Americans were buying movie tickets! Our group of young friends had now grown to 10!

Several months late, Brayan became a candidate for the free eye surgery. The operation was successful! His outlook changed—visually and socially. At school, Brayan went from the boy who was laughed at to the young man the girls wanted to date!

And so, the “dots” began to connect. Our desire to change lives has now grown to 50 children and their families on the poor side of Cabo.



There are a lot of physical and spiritual needs in Cabo. Most local people are paid about $5 per day, with expenses similar to what we experience here. Our goal with our 501c3 (“The Other Side of Cabo”) is to help poor kids graduate from high school and/or learn English; either will help them find work that pulls them up to jobs that pay more in this tourist town.

Imagine your organization spending a week or two in Cabo…Yes, time for volunteers to enjoy the beach and tourist activities, but also meeting the physical and spiritual needs of the residents (as detailed on our website)—bringing clothing we have to Mexico for children and families (two free suitcases via Southwest Airlines); or home improvements (laying concrete blocks, etc.); or hanging with the kids and their families; using our home as a free place to stay in Cabo.

Our efforts

In Numbers


College Graduated

Children helped

Medical INterventions