In its initial mission, Canadian Hearts and Hands began working in various colonias or neighbourhoods of Piedras Negras, in the northern Mexican state of Coahuila. The scope of the work included:
-Community building projects – painting, cleaning and structural repairs with local leaders
-“Vacaciones con Jesús” – “Vacations with Jesus”, the children’s summer program comprised of catechesis, games and crafts within the various centres
-Distribution of clothing, school supplies, sports equipment, and first aid supplies
-Engagement in Mexican culture through attending and celebrating various special occasions with the wider community, as well as visiting rural chapels and communities.
In addition to the activities, the group also contributed to the following projects:
-Completion of one wing of a new centre (which will include a church, clinic, learning centre, and restrooms) – painting, furnishing (i.e. building tables), installation of a drop ceiling, and electrical wiring
-Collection and shipment of computers for the learning centre
-English lessons and the organization of a soccer tournament as part of the “Vacaciones con Jesús”program.