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Improving physical health, family life and self-esteem

The social function of Constru Casa can be summarized as improving families’ living conditions, improving their health and ultimately improving their family life and also their self-esteem. A newly constructed Constru Casa house offers families additional space and greater safety, as well as improved hygiene, less diseases and better health.

A Constru Casa house can be easily cleaned and ventilated, creating a healthy environment and resulting in less disease for all family members, especially children. These effects are further enhanced by an improved stove and a water filter, also provided with every Constru Casa house. As the house is cleaner and the children are less often sick, the position of the woman in the family improves. Additionally, as some Guatemalan women often work in their houses, their workplace is also improved, advancing the woman’s social position and self esteem.

As there is more space available than before, family life is improved. One of the most frequent comments by beneficiary families is how they enjoy the additional space and how much easier life is now that the parents and children have separate bedrooms. The children’s educational performance also directly benefits from the new house, as they are able to quietly carry out their homework in an appropriate space.

As the house protects the inhabitants against drought, water and vermin, the family is able to lead a life in more stability, not losing their productivity to a rainstorm sweeping away their floor. Reduced worrying about such unforeseen impacts also benefits them psychologically.

Lastly, the repayment mechanism of Constru Casa develops the family’s ability to contribute to a common goal and work together. This results in greater financial awareness and greater self-esteem and ultimately helps the family break the cycle of poverty.

Increase in employment

Constru Casa also generates employment for the local population and stimulates the local market. Constru Casa always constructs houses in co-operation with local companies and employees by working with local construction workers and their helpers in addition to buying materials in the local market in surrounding communities. The family members who help in the construction, because one is required to do so, often are trained by the masons and develop a new skill set that generates income for them. Additionally, construction workers and their helpers are educated to become independent constructors.

Environmental aspects

Constru Casa constructs with locally available materials. The houses are built with a concrete floor, concrete blocks and a corrugated iron roof. Sand, gravel and block are abundantly available in Guatemala and cement and corrugated iron are made locally. In contrast, constructing with wood is not only more expensive, but also not recommended because of the huge deforestation problem in Guatemala.

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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