Constru Casa is a non-profit organization improving the quality of life among Guatemalans living in extreme poverty through the provision of basic housing, support programs, and community development projects. We work to lift entire communities out of poverty though our integral community development programs which include the construction of dignified concrete block housing in combination with the construction of community buildings such as schools, clinics, orphanages, and community centers.
Working in collaboration with local social work organizations, Constru Casa continues to help families and communities further develop themselves and help them on the path towards a better future.
Poverty in Guatemala
59.3% of the Guatemalan population lives in poverty, earning less than $3.10 per day. In rural and indigenous areas, this number rises to 79%. 31% of the population is illiterate. As of January 2017, the qualitative housing deficit in Guatemala is reported at 61%, or 1.54 million homes that are made of inadequate materials such as sheet metal, cane, or mud. The leading cause of premature death in Guatemala is pneumonia, which is often caused by exposure to wind, rain, cold, and indoor smoke inhalation.
How You Can Help?
To continue our work and reach more families living in extreme poverty we are dependent on the support of people that share our passion to build better lives in Guatemala. If you would like to support us, then you can help by: spreading the word about what we do, making a donation, fundraising, or perhaps joining us as a volunteer working on the construction of one of our projects.
Of families reported living in overcrowded conditions with three or more people living per room. After receiving their home this number has been reduced to 7%.
Of families have made improvements to their home after the initial construction.
Of families report having an increased sense of security against both and natural and human threats (earthquakes, weather, and delinquency).
Increase in their overall sense of well being after receiving a Constru Casa house.