The Jose Guadalupe Ramirez's old home
We are now completing our 57th casita! Casita Linda’s Board of Directors and I, on behalf of all the families we have served, thank you for your generosity. Providing these families with adequate homes and protection from the elements would be impossible without your financial support, your work as volunteers, and your encouragement of our efforts to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty.
Families frequently put together shelters as best they can, using whatever materials are available.
(See picture #1 below)
The Jose Guadalupe Ramirez’s home (and a small “bucket garden”) is pictured above just prior to qualifying for a Casita Linda home.
Pictured below is a family's casita about half-finished. All family members typically pitch in and help build their home and the one before or after theirs.
(See picture #5 below)
Pictured below is a radiant Ramirez family having just moved into their newly painted home.
(See picture #2 below)
Marisol Soria de Ramirez, Marisol ,Gabriela, and Jetsemani Ramirez
Just below, Oscar and Geraldy Lara find out their family will be able to qualify for a “real” house and that construction will begin soon. They’re eager to help, as are their Mom and Dad, Oscar and Maria.
(See picture #3 below)
Here we see Oscar, Geraldy, and Maria Chavarria Lara, in front of their almost finished Casita.
(See picture #4 below)
Click on the link below to view a collage of photos showing many joyous families, smiling children, and colorful Casitas: https://www.facebook.com/Casita.Linda.AC/photos_stream
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 4 member Mexican construction team, our part-time office administrators, also Mexican, and several other part-time Mexican employees. We operate on a budget that is very carefully managed, and more than 90% of your contribution goes directly toward the construction of casitas. Check out this link for a brief picture of how we spend the donations received: http://casitalinda.org/en/who-we-are/financial/
As is unfortunately true in too many parts of the world, the past several years have become especially difficult for increasing numbers of families living on thin margins. We are of course 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 this next year. We are very appreciative of your past donations.
Let's hope 2013 brings more peace to the world and that the least fortunate among us are helped in some way through the generosity of individuals like you.
William Greenfield San Miguel de Allende
Casita Linda, A.C. Mexico
Marisol de Maria, Marisol, Gabriela, & Jetsemani
Oscar and Geraldy Lara qualify for a "real" house
Oscar, Geraldy, & Maria Chavarria Lara out front!
The family helps & their casita is finished sooner