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.
Ahuachapán 2, El Salvador
In August of 2019, 55 families moved into Ahuachapán 2, including the Lima family. The Limas were six months pregnant when they were able to move into their new, safe home. As the Limas witnessed the building of their new home and community, they knew a promising future was being constructed for their baby boy to enter into. On November 1, 2019, the Limas welcomed their new baby boy into their stable home, making Jeffrey the first child born into the thriving community of Ahuachapán 2. While unsafe shelter would have stripped Jeffrey’s opportunity to flourish in his education, health, and dreams, the sustainable community of Ahuachapán 2 will provide him with the environment that only empowers him to grow into his potential.
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. Otilia is deeply committed 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.
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