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Constru Casa works with a number of social organizations in Guatemala. These organizations work in the areas of education, health-care and community development; some are daycare centers, schools, clinics or community committees. Constru Casa always selects beneficiary families in co-operation with these local partner organizations. For these organizations, housing and construction work is not their main objective. Constru Casa complements their mission by offering simple houses to affiliated people who live in extreme poverty.

This collaboration is what makes Constru Casa unique and is the most important mark of our initiative. The idea is that the impact of a new house is significantly enhanced if a family is already part of another social organization helping to improve their lives. Constru Casa’s goal is that the new house and the health-care, educational or social work provided reinforce one other and are the impetus to lift a family out of poverty.

In addition to working with partner organizations, we strongly believe that beneficiary families should contribute to their house. The house should not be seen as a gift, but the family should collaborate with the cost and build of the house. Constru Casa achieves this first through the participation of at least one family member in the construction. Secondly, the families pay a contribution of 35% of the total cost of the construction of their house. The amount of the contribution depends on the financial situation of the individual family and the type of house, and is determined in consultation with the social worker of the social partner organization. The families pay their contribution monthly during a period of four years. After the construction, they also participate in special programs organized in cooperation with the social partner organizations (follow-up meetings, accompaniment).

Latest News

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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