Casita Linda, A.C.

The purpose of Casita Linda A.C. is to provide environmentally compatible, low cost, comfortable, homes for families living in extreme poverty who reside in greater San Miguel de Allende. Casita Linda further provides guidance for families to improve their health, education, maintenance of their homes and communities.
Jun 17, 2014

Casita Linda A.C. Quarterly Report, June 2014

Maria
Maria

Casita Linda is happy to report that on June 24, 2014 we will begin building Casita #77! On behalf of all the families we have and continue to serve, all of Casita Linda would like to thank you for your generosity and support. Providing homes and protection for families living in poverty would not be possible without your financial support, volunteer work, and moral support. 

Casita #77 is being built for Maria and her family in Nueva Pantoja. Maria is a single mother of two, a girl (age 7) and boy (age 3). She was abandoned by her husband and works to support her two children by making bricks with her hands and feet. We met her when she was making bricks by one of the homes we were building in the area. Her current home, is a one bedroom shelter that she built with materials and objects that she found on the land. She is an extremely hard worker and good mother. We are fortunate to have met her and are very happy to be able to provide a safe and secure home for her (see attached pictures). 

I would like to annouce that Louise Gilliam has been elected as the new President of Board of Directors of Casita Linda. She has been a permanent resident of San Miguel de Allende for eight years, a Casita Linda event chairman for six years and a board member since 2011. Casita Linda is also happy to announce that Gregg Blackburn, Lyn Gawan, and Joanne Howard have joined as members of the board of Directors and our Amber Nieto is our new Executive Director.

None of our officers or members of our Board of Directors receive wages or other benefits. The only individuals who receive any pay are the individuals on our Mexican construction teams and our Executive Director, Amber Nieto, who is is a Mexican and a local of San Miguel de Allende.  We operate on a budget that is very carefully managed, and more than 90% of your contribution goes directly toward the construction of casitas.

We of course remain hopeful that you and your friends, members of your family, and perhaps a local business or charitable organization in your town will be able to support our work in 2014. We are very appreciative of your past and future support. 

Let us know if you would like to receive any information about Maria and her family or an update/progress report as we begin to build Casita #77. 

Sincerely, 

Clai Fields 

Casita Linda A.C.

San Miguel de Allende, GTO Mexico

Maria making bricks by hand.
Maria making bricks by hand.
Maria
Maria's current one bedroom home
Casita Linda Board Members (2014)
Casita Linda Board Members (2014)

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Mar 17, 2014

Casita Linda twelve month accomplishments

New home of Loria de Anda family
New home of Loria de Anda family

In April 2013 until April 2014, Casita Linda and the Board of directors have accomplished many things to further the mission to build homes for the poorest of the poor in San Miguel de Allende Mexico:

  • Reduced the cost of Casita Linda homes for the poor by two thirds, and reduced construction time by approximately half.
  • Initiated Mexico's first ever National design competition for Casita Linda homes.
  • Partnered with the City of San Miguel to create the first international conference on future trends in architecture.
  • Expanded the Board with local prominent business leaders: Nancy Hoeze, owner/manager CDR Realty: and, Josefa Jongitude, local manager of CI Banco offices.
  • Prodeuced two renowned fundraising events: October 2013, "Spirit of Hope Gala" and "Get Loose under the Goose" 60's party that took place in February 2014. The proceeds from these events funded continued construction of Casita Linda homes.
  • Doubled the number of homes built yearly to accomodate one hundred and fifty persons.
  • Expanded Casita Linda's reach to more Ejidos/Barrios surrounding San Miguel de Allende.
  • Initiated and provided fourteen new social programs for home recipients on health. education, and nutrition.

Casita Linda continues to improve all aspects of its services to the poorest of the poor residents of San Miguel de Allende. Casita Linda A.C. would like to take this opportunity to thank the local, national, and international community for their continued support.

Family gathering
Family gathering
Dedication ceremony
Dedication ceremony
Home
Home's new family
Family gathering
Family gathering
New blankets for the family
New blankets for the family
Dec 12, 2013

Casita Linda A.C.'s Selection Criteria for Needy Families to Construct Free Homes

Existing and new Home
Existing and new Home

Casita Linda’s process of selecting a family to build a home for (gratis) in San Miguel de Allende is as important as the construction of the home. On staff is a Director of Social Services, a Mexican citizen that has decades of experience in all levels of public and private services for the poor. The Director and a designated Board representative survey a map of all the surrounding neighborhoods/barrios/ejidos that encompass San Miguel de Allende. These properties were formed after the Mexican Revolution in the early 1900’s when huge tracts of land were divided into grids for the poor families that worked the land.

Casita Linda’s team goes into these ejidos, and meets with the elected representative/delegado. They determine the number of people who live in shelters of found materials, and if these families own the small lots that they live on. Casita Linda informs these families that there will be a thorough investigation and interview process to determine who will be selected for a free home. Casita Linda has a very detailed criterion that these families must initially meet to be considered by the Board of Directors. The standard that must be met for selection is:

  1. Each family must have verifiable documents of land ownership.
  2. The families’ income levels are investigated and verified to assure that they are living in extreme poverty (usually below defined World Bank levels).
  3. The families are investigated to insure that there is no history of violence.
  4. The families must prove that all children are attending school.
  5. The families must agree to assist in the construction of their own home and other Casita Linda homes.
  6. Photos are taken of each family’s current living conditions to demonstrate their need.  

This information for each prospective family is compiled in a report that lists each member’s age, sex, and relationship. The report is presented to the Casita Linda Board of Directors at their monthly meeting for discussion and approval. If a family is selected, the construction of the home is begun within a few weeks. The home takes four weeks to build. A dedication ceremony is done for each home/family and a Casita Linda plaque is presented and attached to the home with their family name on it.

The dedication of the home is not the end of Casita Linda’s involvement with the selected family.  Workshops and programs are provided on family planning, health, nutrition, education, employment opportunities, and home maintenance. Over five hundred people were provided comfortable, decent homes and Casita Linda’s social services thanks to the contributions from groups and individuals. This is all being accomplished for only $6,500 USD per home.

Previous shelter
Previous shelter
Family dedication
Family dedication
Dedication ceremony
Dedication ceremony
Dedication with plaque
Dedication with plaque
Plaque ceremony
Plaque ceremony
Family ownership
Family ownership
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