provides water and sanitation for an entire family
pours the foundation of a family’s home
builds a person’s new, safe home
Watch our short film, “Where Dreams Begin,” to see one mom’s journey.
More than ever, this past year has shown us how homes are essential to safety. From pandemics to flooding, hardships hit. When they do, every family deserves a safe place to stay home together.
Children can’t grow into their full potential if they don’t have the freedom to learn. A stable home gives kids the opportunities to read and rest and become the best student they can possibly be.
When families aren’t spending their days merely trying to survive, they gain the margin to find a sustainable source of income. Many of them are even skilled in the construction industry and help build the home you fund. We’ve seen others use their new home to start their dream business like a bakery.
Our team works closely with local partners and governments in every community we build. These partnerships help us determine which families are the most vulnerable in the areas we work. These families:
Our local partnerships, technology, and years of construction experience have allowed us to bring down the cost throughout the entire building process. Governments often provide the land, install services, and give other construction subsidies to help us make the most of your donation. We also use local materials and local labor paid at fair wages to help us build in the most efficient way possible.
Before we build any home, we ask the community how we can best support them. We host a Lean Participatory Design workshop that allows every family to speak into the design of their home. This way we know the exact needs of each community.
A safe home gives families the foundation they need to flourish in other areas of life such as health, education, and income. For instance, we have seen the families we support in Mexico increase their income by 68% since moving into their new homes. Every community also has access to other basic necessities such as water and electricity. Each family also gains legal ownership of their property so they can pass it down for generations to come.
Nope! That’s our promise. Our 100% model means every single dollar you give goes toward building a home for a family who needs it most. This promise is made possible thanks to our Builders, a select group of generous donors who completely cover our operational expenses so none of your donation has to.
La Herradura, El Salvador
Meet Ana Patricia, a self-made businesswoman who transformed her new home into a sustainable store and a community hub for connection.
Without being asked, Ana Patricia quickly stepped into the role of cooking for the construction crew when we started building her community. Our contractor started paying her weekly to cook for everyone on site.
She used this new consistent form of income to continue investing in her home and business by building a new, beautiful kitchen with blue ceramic tiles.
Her new kitchen is one of many ways Ana Patricia continues to innovate her way towards creating a reliable source of income and belonging. To this day, our visits are welcomed with coffee, food, and pride from Ana Patricia’s kitchen.
100% of your donation goes to families in need of shelter. Always.