Constru Casa improves the quality of life among Guatemalans who live in extreme poverty. We do this through our 4 community development programs;
– Construction of dignified concrete block houses
– Construction of community buildings (schools, clinics, and community centers)
– Our thorough 4-year follow up program
– Our stove and water filter program
Throughout our work we always make sure to collaborate with local organizations, and together we help families and communities on their path twoards a better and more sustainable 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%.
1.54 million homes are made of inadequate materials such as sheet metal, cane, or mud.
This is why Constru Casa has made its mission to combat poverty in rural areas all over Guatemala by using holistic development programs to provide housing and to build lives.
Our programs have shown a high impact. Learn more about the impact of our work here.
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of families we work with reported living in overcrowded conditions; with three or more people living in each room. When families received their Constru Casa house, this number reduced to 7%.
of families have made improvements to their homes after the initial construction.
of families reported they feel more secure in their new house against both natural and human threats (earthquakes, weather, and delinquency).
"What better way is there to change a family's life than to build their first permanent home? I have been involved with several building projects, all with different organizations, and I enjoyed working with Constru Casa the most because I was very involved in every aspect of the construction. I learned new skills such as connecting rebar with wire, cutting blocks with a hatchet, laying bricks, and carrying concrete blocks on my head. I was able to connect with the family's nine-year-old, Daniel, and was amazed by his incredible work ethic!"
"When our daughter is going to grow up, she's going to have a real home and feel really happy. Our new home is very different from our previous one! In our old home made of adobe, the wind would blow in the cracks of the walls and it would get very cold. Instead here, she sleeps better because it is warmer. That's why when we are living here, we see that she falls asleep more here in her bed, and that's why this home is so much better for her."