Guatemala Housing Alliance, with the help of generous donors, has completed the 2 homes for this particular family. More fundraisers will be forthcoming, as the need for adequate housing in the highlands of Guatemala is immense.
Starting later this month, GHA will build it's first Bajareque home. Built in a traditional method with bamboo, rocks and mud, it will be much more environmentally sustainable than the ubiquitous cement block homes, while also being more comfortable. It will be stucco'd inside and out for weather proofing and beauty, and will be earthquake resistant.. Be on the look out for a fundraiser for this.
The need for suitable housing in San Pablo La Laguna is seemingly endless. The family whose home is featured in the original Global Giving project is just this week moving into their new GHA built homes. New photos will be forthcoming this week. Land was donated for this build and funds were raised to build 2 side-by-side homes for the 8 people. The family deserves to be deeply proud. They carried all of the construction materials, all cement, blocks, sand, gravel, rafters, etc, the equivalent of 3 blocks because the site is in an area unreachable by large delivery trucks. And they worked alongside our gifted masons throughout the build. A wonderful group named Masons on a Mission will provide fuel efficient stoves which will save the family hours of work each week as well as save trees.
Already there is a line up of equally worthy candidates for homes.
Guatemala Housing Alliance is a small organization. We do a tremendous amount with our small budget. To date, as we near the completion of 4 years in this area, we have built 20 homes and replaced nearly 100 floors and many roofs. We also work in education, providing scholarships, mentoring, and vacation enrichment studies, and have started what is likely the only ukulele based music program in Guatemala, with over 400 participants.
Please consider a donation to GHA. Our small size makes for intimate relationships with the recipients of our works. Come build with us. You'll be amazed.
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