Their Original "Lamina" Home
We have some more good news from Casita Linda. On Thursday, May 31, we had the "House Warming" in which we formally turned over Casita Linda #48 to the Corte Gonzalez family. The family consists of father (David), mother (Georgina), an older daughter (Itzel) and son (Daniel). David, Georgina and Itzel work while the teenage son, Daniel, goes to school.
David and Georgina lived on the property in a "casa de lamina" and the children lived elsewhere, with family or friends, while their new home was being constructed. You can see below a picture of the “found materials” living situation that now has changed dramatically with their recently finished casita.
Since this casita is off the city utilities grid, we prepared this house for the future. We added a water harvesting system for the rain water to be directed into a small (1,100 litre) cistern, and when funding comes through we will build large (12,000 litre) cistern. We've also installed orange conduit for electrical wires as well as electrical boxes for lights and switches. When the neighborhood does get electrical power, the family will be ready for connection.
The lot is big enough for composting and gardening so this family will be directed to our special projects group to get them started on composting and building a small raised-bed vegetable garden.
Georgina Takes a Break to Survey Progress
Their New Casita is Almost Finished
Ready for the Family to Move In!
David & Georgina are Grateful -- Time to Celebrate