A home is the foundation every family needs to thrive. Today, over 1 billion people live without access to adequate shelter — a basic human need.
Traditional methods of building will never catch up to the problem, so we create new solutions to help nonprofits and governments everywhere build better, cheaper, and faster. When we build, we work solely with local partners and local labor to build holistic communities around the world. Learn more about our process here.
We always ask local families for design input before we begin building, work with local organizations to ensure we build with empathy, and buy materials locally.
When you give to homebuilding, 100% of your donation goes directly to building homes. That means every penny you give directly impacts a family in need.
After you donate, you'll receive updates on construction as we build. When the homes are completed, you'll receive a profile of the exact family living in the home you've helped build.
As a father who has raised two children in a home not suited for the tropical storms and earthquakes his community experiences, Mario sees his new house through the lens of the protection and peace he can now provide for his family. He has continuously made it clear to us that he never expected such a life-shifting opportunity like this to come his way, so every small step towards completion strengthens his hope. Towards the end of 2019, Mario was able to step through the front door of his soon-to-be home and watch his children run throughout a space that will make stability tangible.
Ahuachapán, El Salvador
On a recent vision trip to Ahuachapán, El Salvador, we met a young artist named Elvin whose new home means more to him than most. He had a serious medical condition, life-threatening if he didn’t travel the long distance to a hospital every day to receive dialysis. When building Elvin’s new home, our local partners built an additional space specifically designed for his care. Recently, Elvin began to create art again and is working with New Story on community beautification projects in El Salvador.
La Herradura, El Salvador
Patricia is a single mom living in one of our El Salvador communities. Before receiving a home, she lived on roughly $5 income a day, supporting herself and her children in a home with dirt floors and scrap metal walls. During the construction of her new community, she opened up a small tienda selling food to the construction workers from her home. Her business quickly grew to thriving, and she now makes roughly $60 a day, keeping $20 in profit as her own income. Soon, she plans to open a restaurant from the large front window of her new home.
Ahuachapán, El Salvador
With a stable home providing their family with more space and time, the Martinez Contreras family quickly made the most of their new belongings by starting a bakery. As the first family-run business to come out of Ahuachapán 2, they have shown us the multiplying factor of stability by uniting their entire community through their hard work. Last time we visited, we were able to taste the fruits of their labor and we can promise you— home has truly never tasted so good.
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