Mexico: The Amigo Americans

The sleazy, wide-open border town of Tijuana attracts hundreds of pleasure-bent college students each spring. One band of California youngsters, 300 strong, had more to show for their Mexican trip this year than hangovers or tourist trinkets. They spent Easter vacations in Tijuana's forlorn slum district, building an X-ray clinic, a food and drug warehouse, a free-milk bar for youngsters and a 16-crib hospital for infants.

Whirlwind Worker. The new buildings are part of a burgeoning welfare complex known as the Juarez-Lincoln Social Center — and of an ambitious private program called Project Amigos. Both were started three years ago,...

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