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About Guatemala

Located in northern Central America, Guatemala borders with Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador and Belize. It is the most populous Central American country with over 15 million inhabitants, 60% of which have indigenous roots. The Guatemalan culture is rooted deep in ancient Mayan and Spanish influences. The official language is Spanish, although there are 22 Mayan languages officially recognized by the state.

Guatemala is a country of vast natural beauty: a designated biodiversity “hotspot”. There are 14 distinct eco-regions made up of volcanos, lakes, rivers, beaches and jungles. The country’s fertile land makes it an agriculturally driven country, with 30% of the labor force and 13.5% of the GDP coming from the agricultural sector (CIA World Factbook https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/gt.html) .

Despite the richness of the culture, the land and the environment, the country suffers from a high level of inequality and poverty, ranking among the poorest countries in Latin America. More than half the population of Guatemala lives below the poverty line. Many families are barely able to provide the basic necessities for their families such as food and clothes, and often times can’t afford the expenses associated with sending their children to school, resulting in high illiteracy rates throughout the country. Inadequate health care and housing are prevalent. Many impoverished families live in houses made of adobe or cane walls, scrap metal roofs, dirt floors and without access to running water, sanitation and drainage. 

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In 2017 Constru Casa celebrated its 13th birthday, and we know that thirteen will be our #LuckyYear.  To date, Constru Casa has built over  1060 houses, and 2017 we celebrated the inauguration of house #1,000!

With your help, we can also make 2017 a #LuckyYear for families living in extreme poverty in Guatemala.  For a small monthly donation you can make a big difference in the lives of one of our families. 

Did you know that for just $25 a month you can provide a kitchen package to a family in need?  With your donation, Constru Casa can provide an energy efficient stove and water filter drastically improving the health and living conditions of a family in need. 

Click below for more information about our monthly donations. 

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Family Story

Family #1000

House1000

House #1,000 is coming soon! Family #1,000 is Francisco Monroy, in Aldea El Hato.  Read on to find out more about family #1,000! 

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Volunteers

Amaury´s #LuckyMonth!

Amaury

Amaury from Belgium tells us about his #LuckyMonth visiting Guatemala.  He shares his experience building better lives for three families in Santa Cruz Balanyá, building a school in Cuidad Vieja, all the while exploring the sites of Guatemala on the weekends!

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Latest News

September Newsletter 2017

DSC09482Our founder, Carolien van Heerde, inaugurating the house #1,000 with our partners, Janine Sikaffy, president of ADHREGUA, Alex Galvez, founder of the Transitions Foundation, Leonel López, president of the Constru Casa Guatemalan Board of Directors, and Ulises Gudiel, Administrative Manager.  

 

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