An estimated 3 billion people will be living without access to adequate shelter by 2050 — a 200% increase over three decades.
To tackle this massive issue, we’re researching breakthroughs in homebuilding and proving them in every community we build. Then, we’re sharing them with other nonprofit organizations and governments, so collectively, we can all build faster, better, and stronger. Learn more about how we’re pioneering solutions to end global homelessness.
Traditional methods of building will never meet the growing need. We develop breakthrough solutions to build homes and communities better, easier, and faster.
We believe in innovating the nonprofit sector, including our own work, so we build communities using our new tools and tech and listen closely to the people we serve.
As we develop helpful solutions, we share them with other nonprofits and governments working to end global homelessness. We’re all in this together.
Otilia lives with her husband and three kids — 11, 9, and 6 — in a single room shack. The wood planks and tin do little to keep them dry during the rainy season. What I loved most about Otilia was her commitment to her daughter’s education. Throughout her childhood, her parents didn’t send her to school because they said it would have been a waste. Geraldine, a New Story team member and resident translator, could hardly hold back tears listening to Otilia’s story: “They said I would just grow up to be in the kitchen and have babies. I’m making sure my daughters stay in school so they have opportunities I don’t.” She told us a home would mean her children have somewhere to learn, study, and have opportunities she and her husband could never provide alone.
Nuevo Cuscatlan, El Salvador
At age 14, Alejandra is already is determined to become a lawyer. She has an ever-growing collection of academic awards, certificates, and class honors, all carefully hung in her home, contrasting with the worn tarp and rusted metal of their walls. Without reliable electricity and computer access, Alejandra cannot complete her homework assignments. In her new safe home, she’ll have access to ongoing electricity and a community computer lab, where she can learn better, faster.
El Espino, El Salvador
Freddie Hernandez is a 13-year-old only-child living in a makeshift home with his parents in El Espino, El Salvador. Like any loving parents, Freddie’s mom and dad have higher hopes for him than he could imagine. Amid the daily trials of rainfall and mosquito infestation, Freddie brings joy and hope to his parents through his guitar. Freddie was gifted a guitar by his school just over a year ago, and he has been practicing ever since. His discipline directed towards this newfound passion affirmed his parents’ belief in their son’s incredible potential for the arts. We had the honor of hearing Freddie play music he taught himself, and couldn’t help but dream of the possibilities he could achieve when he can move into his new, safe home, which is currently under construction.
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