Casita Linda, A. C.

 
$66,582
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Happy Easter everyone! 

First, we at Casita Linda would like to thank you for your continued support of our mission to provide safe and secure homes for families living in extreme poverty in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Proving home and a safe environement would not be possible without the financial support, volunteer work, and morale support that you provide. 

Over the last six months, the Casita Linda team has been working towards strengthening and expanding our mission to include other living essentials. We are happy to announce that in addition to providing homes, we are providing beds; tables and chairs; and lights. In addition, with the support of the San Miguel Community, we were able to provide families with blankets and warm clothing during the winter. 

In addition, we are proud to annouce that last month, Casita Linda was chosen as the recipient of funds raised during a local walk-a-thon, hosted by Jose Vasconcelos Escuela Bilingue, a local bilingual school of excellence that promotes the importance of human values and selfless service to the local community. The San Miguel community has been very supportive and we are so grateful to have the backing of a strong local community in providing for families in need. 

As we enter the warmer months of Spring, we look forward to developing new programs for our families, in preparation for the arrival of the summer rainy season. At this time, we continue to be focused in the neighborhood Nuevo Pantoja, an area located just outside of San Miguel. There are some truly wonderful families here, that need our support. 

We would like to remind our supporters that none of our officers or board members receive any wages or other benefits. The only individuals who receive any pay are the individuals on our Mexican construction teams and our Executive Director, who is a Mexican and also a local of San Miguel de Allende. We conduct our operations on a budget that is very carefully managed, and more thatn 90% of your contribution goes directly toward the construction of our Casitas. 

Casita Linda would again like to thank our local, national, and international communities for their continued support. We appreciate your past and future support and we hope that you and your friends, members of your family and perhaps a local business or charitable organization in your town will also be able to support our work and mission. 

 

 Please contact us if you would like more information about organization, our Ambassador program, or how you can become a member of our team, please visit our Facebook page or website

HAPPY NEW YEAR! 

Casita Linda is happy to announce that we are currently constructing Casita #82! Casita Linda's Board of Driectors and I, on behalf of all of the families we have served and future families, thank you for your generosity. Providing homes and protection for families living in poverty would not be possible without your financial support, volunteer work, and moral support. 

2014 has been a busy year for Casita Linda, with many changes. We have had new members join our wonderful team; we are constructing homes in a new local neighborhood, Nuevo Pantoja; we have implemented our new familiy selection process, that has proven to be effective; and we have reduced construction costs. As we enter 2015, we hope to continue to expand and improve our program to effectively reach out to more families in need of a safe home. 

We would like to also welcome one of our newly appointed board members, Kim Slote. She has spent the majority of her career in the non-profit field and co-founded the Women's Rights Network, an organization focused on violence towards women and children. She has recently moved to Mexico with her family and we welcome her to our wonderful community and organization. 

Casita Linda would like to take this opportunity to thank the local, national, and international community for their continued support througout the year. We appreciate your past and future support, and hope that you and your friends or members of your family will be able to support our goals and ultimately our mission. 

Casita Linda wishes you and your families a wonderful and happy new year. 

"New Year's more glorious light is sweet hope" - Mehmet Murat Ildan

Please contact us if you would like more information about organization, our Ambassador program, or how you can become a member of our team, please visit our website

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Board Member Saul Whynman announces Casita #77
Board Member Saul Whynman announces Casita #77

Casita Linda is proud to announce that we have just completed Casita #78 for the Cazares family. Casita Linda would like to thank you for your continued support and generosity. None of this would be possible without your financial aid, volunteer work, and moral support. 

This year we have had a busy and productive summer. We began buiding in a very rural neighborhood of San Miguel, Nueva Pantoja, where we currently have comepleted two houses.  Both homes have been selected for very hard-working and well deserving local families; Casita #77 was received by a single mother, Maria, and her two kids; and very recently we completed Casita #78 for a family of 9, the Cazares family. We hope to complete another four Casita's by the end of 2014. In addition, Casita Linda has recently implemented new strategies in both the administrative and social aspects of the Casita Linda mission, that have improved operational efficiency and reduced costs. We have also begun our new Ambassador program, where contributors can volunteer to be a national or international Casita Linda representative. 

Our newly appointed Board Members, Lyn Gawron and Joane Howard are hard working and very dedicated to our cause. Our new Executive Director, Amber Nieto, is a San Miguel native who is a great asset to Casita Linda. She has excellent administrative skills and a determination to strive to help current and prospective families. 

We would also like to announce that next month, on October 11th at 6:30 pm, we will be hosting our 3rd annual Spirit of Hope Gala (Arabian Nights) at the local equestrian club Otomi. Guests will enjoy a lavish dinner by the restaurant b'ui, a Live Auction, and non-stop dancing to the music of JK O'Donnell and the Zu Zu Men. ALL proceeds will go to contributing to our mission of building safe homes for local families living in extreme poverty. For more information please visit our event page

Casita Linda would like to take this opportunity to thank the local, national, and international community for their continued support. We appreciate your past and future support, and hope that you and your friends or members of your family will be able to support our goals and ultimately our mission. 

Please contact us if you would like more information about organization, our Ambassador program, or how you can become a member of our team, please visit our website

Sincerely, 

Clai Fields 

Casita Linda A.C.

San Miguel de Allende, GTO Mexico

Maria and her family receiving her new home.
Maria and her family receiving her new home.
Casita Linda team with new families
Casita Linda team with new families
Cazares Family
Cazares Family

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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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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

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Organization

Casita Linda, A.C.

San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico
http://www.casitalinda.org

Project Leader

George Fields

San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato Mexico

Where is this project located?

Map of Casita Linda, A. C.