Located on the hills west of downtown Tijuana, Cumbres enjoys some of the most beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean, the Coronado Islands and San Diego Bay. Some minor urban development efforts have taken place, some of the main roads are paved and many community members have access to basic drainage and sewage systems. While there is electricity, telephone, Internet, water and garbage collection available, the high costs and poor quality of services regularly force inhabitants to connect themselves to the power grid and dispose of their garbage on empty lots.
At one time many people could find work at nearby assembly plants (maquiladoras), but after the economic downturn, few remain open today and employment options are few. There is one public daycare center, an elementary school and a junior high school.
What are Cumbre’s people saying about their Community?
“In every home, there are about 6 to 8 people. The most common illnesses are colds and coughs. There are approximately 5,000 people in my community, but only about 50% of the youth go to school,” states 17 year old Jazmin. “Corazón has been helping us for about 12 years, and I have seen increased unity in the community.”
“In the last 10 years I have finally seen some roads paved in the community and we have a sewage system. It used to be impossible to get in or out of the community when it rained.“ --Emilia (66)
“Thanks to Corazon, we have learned to help one another, and work together as a team” – Juan
If your community were an animal what would it be?
“A dog, because there are many loyal people that protect one another” -Alma Delia Segurio (36)