Where do the funds go?
Constru Casa’s work in Guatemala depends directly on the support of donors worldwide.
All donations from volunteers and other specific donors (individuals, groups, visitors, foundations, etc.) go directly toward a specific housing or community building construction project. This is either indicated by the donor, or by Constru Casa (in the case of volunteers, we assign their funds to a specific construction project).
All operational costs are covered by general donations and partially by family contributions (each beneficiary family is required to pay back 33% of their house over four years), or by specific donations made by a donor (to cover our follow up program, a donation for a camera or computer, etc.)
Three year average expenditures
50.6% Housing Construction
These funds go to all aspects of housing construction, including building materials for the house, salary of the local Guatemalan mason working on the construction site, supervision, administration and transportation of materials.
38.2% Community Constructions
In addition to helping individual families, Constru Casa aids in community development through construction of various community buildings. These include public schools, health clinics, orphanages, day care centers, bakeries, schools for special needs children, individual classrooms, community centers and libraries.
8.8% Operational Costs
About 9 percent of our yearly expenditure goes to overhead costs for running the Constru Casa office and organization. This includes, but is not limited to, staff salaries, promotional materials, office operating costs, transportation costs associated with site/beneficiary family visits, trainings and legal costs.
2.4% Community Development Programs
Because of Constru Casa’s holistic approach to construction development, we emphasize, operate, and support programs relating to education and healthcare. These programs are in association with our partner social work organizations and include programs for water filters, improved stoves and latrines, scholarships for children to attend school, educational materials, medical assistance, and our “Follow Up Plan” to educate beneficiary families and communities on how to improve their overall wellbeing after receiving their new house or community project.
All donations over $250 USD receive a donation report, with before and after situation, showing the exact impact their dollars/Euros/Quetzales have made.
100% of volunteer donations are used in the construction of the house or community project in which the volunteer participates.
Over the course of 4 years, beneficiary families are required to pay a percentage of the cost of their house back to Constru Casa (generally 33% of the total cost of the house, but varying depending on the family’s economic level). These monthly payments go directly toward building another house, as well as the follow up program.
Constru Casa’s annual reports are available in Spanish or Dutch on request.