We discovered new solutions, formed lasting partnerships, and learned invaluable lessons along the way. Now, we’re using our learnings to safely house 1 million people in Latin America by the end of the decade.
Otilia lives with her husband and three kids in a single room shack crafted by wood planks and tin. Her makeshift home does little to keep her family dry during the rainy season, a danger most felt by Otilia in terms of her children’s education.
Throughout her childhood, Otilia was not allowed to experience an education because her parents believed she would be of better use around the house. “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.”
A new home provides Otilia’s children with a stable, dry place to learn, study, and expand their education to levels she dreamed of as a child. While under an unstable roof, her family’s education was dependent on the elements outside of her control. But a safe home gives Otilia and her husband the opportunity to best practice what matters most to them — being parents who love their children into a fuller life and a richer education.
Whether it be a local government or another nonprofit, our partners have already proven success in building sustainable communities. Since each partner has expertise in a specific area, they allow us to make the most informed and empathetic decisions. Meet our main partner in Mexico, Echale, here.
Before we build a single home, we host an inclusive design workshop with every person who will live in the community. This time together allows families to voice their unique needs and dreams for their new home. We then use this feedback to shape community design. Learn more about our Lean Participatory Design process here.
We source local materials and local labor paid at fair wages for each community. In many communities, members are expertly trained in parts of the construction process. They can transfer their job skills to gain a more sustainable source of income and help build a thriving community.
All homebuilding donations directly impact a family in need of shelter.