No one is more qualified to tell us their needs than families who will live in the homes we build.
When you give to homebuilding, 100% of your donations go directly to building a home for a family in need.
Everywhere we work, we partner with local organizations who are experts in their particular location.
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, 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.
In September 2017, a massive earthquake devastated much of Mexico. With poor infrastructure, corruption, and few fighting on their behalf, many in the community had lost hope of regaining a sense of normalcy. Now, things are changing. Families who have been living under tarps will soon receive safe, stable homes. Eight year old Vanessa is one member of the community who’s been dreaming about her home for months. She and her family participated in a workshop where they got to offer input on the design of the community, and soon they’ll be moving into the home they helped create.
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.
This six-person family lives in a small, makeshift shack that’s one half living space and one-half space to raise animals. The husband and wife both work long, hot days in farming to support their four children — all under the age of 8. Despite their evident work ethic, they don’t have the foundation to escape the cycle of poverty. While you can barely call their house a home, what stood out most was the joy and palpable connection this family had. They grinned and held each other while we took a photo of them standing on the dirt floors of their home, where they’ll only have to live a few months longer. They’re most looking forward to having space to keep their children safe — a foundation to thrive.
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.
All homebuilding donations directly impact a family in need of shelter.