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Community Buildings

Constru Casa also supports partner organizations through community development and construction. Community constructions are buildings with a social or communal function, often in the areas of health or education, that benefit the community as a whole. This includes school buildings, libraries, day care centers, community centers, medical clinics, orphanages and recreational areas.

In conjunction with community constructions we offer services ranging from initial consulting and needs assessment to the building design, construction supervision, to project management. This includes administration and time-scheduling, design and elaboration of plans, financial management, budget control, construction execution and supervision, quality control and reporting to donors. Financing and fundraising for these projects is the responsibility of the partner organizations or donors financing the project. Constru Casa charges a minimal amount for its services (around 10% of the total budget), which is used to cover overhead costs.

Local organisations sometimes approach Constru Casa to help build a new community building, such as a school or medical clinic. In these instances an extensive assessment survey is carried out taking into account the responsible commitee, organization of the community, legal issues, the financial situation (building costs and beneficiary contributions), community impact and developmental opportunities. The local community and organisation's commitment to the project is key to a successful operation.

 

Community Construction Costs

                

 

Community Construction      Cost 
   
School  
School- 2 Classrooms        Q132,000 (approximately $17,500 USD)    
School- 1 Additional Classroom      Q66,000 (approximately $8,700 USD)
Foundation (for 2 classrooms)      Q13,000 (approximately $1,700 USD) 
Walls (for 2 classrooms)      Q40,000 (approximately  $5,240 USD) 
Roof (for 2 classrooms)      Q29,000 (approximately  $3,800 USD)
Paint (for 2 classrooms)      Q7,000 (approximately  $900 USD)
Floors (for 2 classrooms)      Q15,000 (approximately  $2,000 USD)
Doors & Windows (for 2 classrooms)      Q18,000 (approximately  $2,360 USD)
Electricity (for 2 classrooms)      Q4,000 (approximately  $520 USD)
   
School/ Community Sports Area       Q67,000 (approximately $8,800 USD)
   
Medical Clinic   
Medical/ Dental Clinic (with 2 areas)      Q50,000 (approximately  $6,500 USD)
   
Room (multi-function, 3x4m)     Q12,500 (approximately $1,630 USD)
Bathroom (with shower and toilet)     Q4,500 (approximately $590 USD)
Corridor (12m²)
    Q3,500 (approximately $460 USD)
Community Salon (84m²)     Q97,000 (approximately $12,670)
Kitchen (1 Room, 4x4m)      Q18,200 (approximately  $2,400 USD)
Playground (with 4 x play equipment)     Q34,000 (approximately $4,500 USD)
   
Water Filters/Stoves/Latrines  
Water Filter      Q550 (approximately  $75 USD)
Fuel Efficient Stove      Q1,800 (approximately  $230 USD)
Latrine      Q4,500 (approximately $ 600 USD)

   Note: All costs are an approximate and dependent on currency exchange rates. 

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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. 

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