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Transparency Statement

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

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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.

Donations

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.

Family collaborations

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. 

Latest News

This March, Constru Casa celebrated its 13th birthday, and we know that thirteen will be our #LuckyYear.  To date, Constru Casa has built over 975 houses, and 2017 will be the year that we reach 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

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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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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

June Newsletter 2017

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Last month we were delighted to welcome back Simone Kenny from Australia. Simone has been a serial organiser of volunteer groups for ten years. This time she came with a great group of friends that all donated to, and joined in to help us build two, 3 room houses in San Felipe close to Antigua.  It was always going to be a challenge to get both houses completed in the six days they were here, but these Aussie muckers made it look easy! We are also delighted then that Simone will be coming again in January with a huge group of 35 students from Eltham College in Melbourne. They will continue working in the remote community of Hacienda Vieja that her previous group from Eltham started last year. We can't wait for that! Thank you Simone, and thank you to all your amazing volunteers!

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