Casita Linda has proven to it's donors that it will continue to create the best possible house for our impoverished families living outside of San Miguel de Allende Mexico. In April 2013, Casita Linda announced the launching of a Mexican National Design Competition for all Architects and students throughout the country. It will be judged this September by three of Mexico's most internationally recognized Architects: Victor Legorreta - Legorreta + Legorreta; Mauricio Rocha - Taller de Arquitectura; and Luis Sanchez-Renero - Sanchez Arcquitectos. This is a historic undertaking since this has never been done by any organization for the lowest income family living in Mexico. The submissions will be evaluated on aesthetics, cost, ease of construction, and earth friendly materials without sacrificing comfort for the families. The top three winners of the competition, along with the jurors, will be honored on October 12, 2013 at the Casita Linda, A.C. Spirit of Hope Gala at Las Ventanas in San Miguel de Allende. Casita Linda, A.C. will construct the winning design in December 2013.
We have continued our search for new materials and refined techniques to the point now that we have two full-time local work crews who are able produce two houses per month. Our last recipient of this home was the Reyes family who were living in a hand-made shelter of found materials (mostly cardboard). The parents and their six year old and eleven month old daughters lived on the Ejido community just on the outskirts of San Miguel de Allende where they lived in constant fear that they would be robbed of what little that they had. The father had the only income as a night baker which produced a monthly salary of only 2,400 pesos. This income is considered to be extreme poverty as defined by the World Bank. They qualified for a new home to be constructed because of their low income, their ownership of the land, their dedication to keep the children educated, and the fact there was no history violence in the home. Each recipient is also required to help the crew build their home and Senor Reyes would come home from his night shift to dig the foundations for the house. He continued working until it was complete and the family could live secure and be comfortable.
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