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.
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.
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.
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