About Us

How It All Started

Caroline van Heerde founded Constru Casa back in 2004. She visioned Guatemala without poverty, with everyone living in dignified housing. International human rights law state that everyone has the right to an adequate standard of living, including adequate housing.

Caroline worked with local organizations, partners, volunteers, and donors from all over the world to make Constru Casa what it is today. 

Over the years, we have built over 1400 homes and 200 community buildings and have helped many families and communities in their development towards a brighter future with our support programs. The construction process doesn’t stop here. The number of families getting a new start with a new home keeps growing. We partner with many local organizations to work in very remote communities and reach out to the most needed Guatemalans. Thank you to our supporters for making Caroline’s dream of a better Guatemala become a reality!

Caroline: “I am immensely proud of the impact that we make; it is unique for a grassroot organization. It is extremely rewarding to work together with a great group of people and with a continuously growing group of supporters. I look forward to seeing how Constru Casa continues to grow.”

Mission

To improve the quality of life among Guatemalans living in extreme poverty through holistic community development with the provision of basic housing, support programs and community building for health and education programs.

Vision

A Guatemala without poverty, exclusion, and dependency, in which poor families no longer have to endure inhumane living conditions. Through community development in the areas of housing, education, and healthcare, these families become socially and economically stable.

Our Team

Caroline van Heerde

Caroline van Heerde

Director

Ulises began working for Constru Casa in April of 2013. He is in charge of the administration, finances, and accounting in the Association. He graduated with an accounting degree and is now finishing his thesis for Public and Auditory Accounting. He has worked for more than 8 years in NGO’s and is thankful to be a part of building new homes with Constru Casa.

Ulises Gudiel

Ulises Gudiel

Administrative and Financial Manager

Ulises began working for Constru Casa in April of 2013. He is in charge of the administration, finances, and accounting in the Association. He graduated with an accounting degree and is now finishing his thesis for Public and Auditory Accounting. He has worked for more than 8 years in NGO’s and is thankful to be a part of building new homes with Constru Casa.

Evelyn Sandoval

Evelyn Sandoval

Operations Manager

Evelyn has been the head of the operations department in Constru Casa since 2016. She has studied Architecture and Psychology, and as the Operations Manager, the main part of her work is the planning of each project and the supervision of construction and social relations.

Fredy Maldonado

Fredy Maldonado

Communication Manager

Fredy joined Constru Casa in September of 2018. He is in charge of public relations and overseeing communications and promotions. He has more than 25 years of experience working in educational, social, environmental and economic development programs in different organizations in rural and urban areas of Guatemala. His main goal is to provide dignity to Guatemalans in poverty.

Ranferi Vásquez

Ranferi Vásquez

Construction Manager

Ranferi has been with Constru Casa since 2006. He is the manager of construction projects and is responsible for the planning, control, and execution of the construction process alongside his own team of masons. He is highly qualified in many trades including but not limited to masonry, mechanics, and heavy equipment operation.

Erick Aquino

Erick Aquino

Operations Assistant

In July of 2017, Erick became of the Constru Casa team. He is an Antigua Guatemala native and has studied in the area of administration of hotels, tourism, and gastronomy. He has been working in Constru Casa in operations doing administrative work and alongside our social partners. He is a large part of our preparation program for the beneficiary families in the area of planning and health.

Diego Rodriguez

Diego Rodriguez

Volunteer Coordinator

Geovani Zuñiga

Geovani Zuñiga

Programs Officer

Geovani became a part of the Constru Casa team in 2009. He works alongside our allied partners in the construction programs. He visits the families to run studies before construction and to supervise the follow up programs after construction. He will also install stoves and water filters as well as lead the education on the use and health benefits of these products.

Martha Tobar

Martha Tobar

Administrative/Financial Assistant and Human Resources

Board of Directors in Guatemala

Leonel López

President and Legal Representative

Amy joined Constru Casa in 2018 and has been working in the area of promotions and public relations. She first came to Guatemala from Canada in early 2018 to study Spanish for 5 months and from there began working with Constru Casa. Her work focuses on event planning, being in contact with our donors, photography and media, and other methods of promoting Constru Casa.

Caroline van Heerde

Vice President

Ingrid began to work for Constru Casa in July of 2018. She is in charge of overseeing human resources and works in administration and finances. She has a diploma in business administration and is currently studying to complete a bachelor of human resources. She finds satisfaction in working with Constru Casa not only because of a new home for families but by seeing the change in the lives of Guatemalans.

Harald Westrik

Secretary

Geovani became a part of the Constru Casa team in 2009. He works alongside our allied partners in the construction programs. He visits the families to run studies before construction and to supervise the follow up programs after construction. He will also install stoves and water filters as well as lead the education on the use and health benefits of these products.

Barbara Manon Derks

Treasurer

Amy joined Constru Casa in 2018 and has been working in the area of promotions and public relations. She first came to Guatemala from Canada in early 2018 to study Spanish for 5 months and from there began working with Constru Casa. Her work focuses on event planning, being in contact with our donors, photography and media, and other methods of promoting Constru Casa.

Flor de María de León

General Member

Geovani became a part of the Constru Casa team in 2009. He works alongside our allied partners in the construction programs. He visits the families to run studies before construction and to supervise the follow up programs after construction. He will also install stoves and water filters as well as lead the education on the use and health benefits of these products.

Roberto Bianchi

General Member

Ingrid began to work for Constru Casa in July of 2018. She is in charge of overseeing human resources and works in administration and finances. She has a diploma in business administration and is currently studying to complete a bachelor of human resources. She finds satisfaction in working with Constru Casa not only because of a new home for families but by seeing the change in the lives of Guatemalans.

María del Carmen Holm

General Member

Geovani became a part of the Constru Casa team in 2009. He works alongside our allied partners in the construction programs. He visits the families to run studies before construction and to supervise the follow up programs after construction. He will also install stoves and water filters as well as lead the education on the use and health benefits of these products.

Mariela Bautista

General Member

Geovani became a part of the Constru Casa team in 2009. He works alongside our allied partners in the construction programs. He visits the families to run studies before construction and to supervise the follow up programs after construction. He will also install stoves and water filters as well as lead the education on the use and health benefits of these products.

All the members of our Board serve on a voluntary basis!

Board of Directors in United States

Jim Hille

President

Amy joined Constru Casa in 2018 and has been working in the area of promotions and public relations. She first came to Guatemala from Canada in early 2018 to study Spanish for 5 months and from there began working with Constru Casa. Her work focuses on event planning, being in contact with our donors, photography and media, and other methods of promoting Constru Casa.

Ron Sack

Vice President

Ingrid began to work for Constru Casa in July of 2018. She is in charge of overseeing human resources and works in administration and finances. She has a diploma in business administration and is currently studying to complete a bachelor of human resources. She finds satisfaction in working with Constru Casa not only because of a new home for families but by seeing the change in the lives of Guatemalans.

Luke Bretscher

Treasurer

Geovani became a part of the Constru Casa team in 2009. He works alongside our allied partners in the construction programs. He visits the families to run studies before construction and to supervise the follow up programs after construction. He will also install stoves and water filters as well as lead the education on the use and health benefits of these products.

Jody Pence

Secretary

Amy joined Constru Casa in 2018 and has been working in the area of promotions and public relations. She first came to Guatemala from Canada in early 2018 to study Spanish for 5 months and from there began working with Constru Casa. Her work focuses on event planning, being in contact with our donors, photography and media, and other methods of promoting Constru Casa.

Andrew Wilson

General Member

Ingrid began to work for Constru Casa in July of 2018. She is in charge of overseeing human resources and works in administration and finances. She has a diploma in business administration and is currently studying to complete a bachelor of human resources. She finds satisfaction in working with Constru Casa not only because of a new home for families but by seeing the change in the lives of Guatemalans.

Lee Kreimer

General Member

Ingrid began to work for Constru Casa in July of 2018. She is in charge of overseeing human resources and works in administration and finances. She has a diploma in business administration and is currently studying to complete a bachelor of human resources. She finds satisfaction in working with Constru Casa not only because of a new home for families but by seeing the change in the lives of Guatemalans.

Kent Eaton

General Member

Ingrid began to work for Constru Casa in July of 2018. She is in charge of overseeing human resources and works in administration and finances. She has a diploma in business administration and is currently studying to complete a bachelor of human resources. She finds satisfaction in working with Constru Casa not only because of a new home for families but by seeing the change in the lives of Guatemalans.

Omar Malcolm

General Member

Geovani became a part of the Constru Casa team in 2009. He works alongside our allied partners in the construction programs. He visits the families to run studies before construction and to supervise the follow up programs after construction. He will also install stoves and water filters as well as lead the education on the use and health benefits of these products.

Jeff Horst

General Member

Geovani became a part of the Constru Casa team in 2009. He works alongside our allied partners in the construction programs. He visits the families to run studies before construction and to supervise the follow up programs after construction. He will also install stoves and water filters as well as lead the education on the use and health benefits of these products.

John Lothrop

General Member

Geovani became a part of the Constru Casa team in 2009. He works alongside our allied partners in the construction programs. He visits the families to run studies before construction and to supervise the follow up programs after construction. He will also install stoves and water filters as well as lead the education on the use and health benefits of these products.

All the members of our Board serve on a voluntary basis!

Board of Directors in The Netherlands

Bert Aalders

President

Amy joined Constru Casa in 2018 and has been working in the area of promotions and public relations. She first came to Guatemala from Canada in early 2018 to study Spanish for 5 months and from there began working with Constru Casa. Her work focuses on event planning, being in contact with our donors, photography and media, and other methods of promoting Constru Casa.

Marjo Crombach

Secretary

Ingrid began to work for Constru Casa in July of 2018. She is in charge of overseeing human resources and works in administration and finances. She has a diploma in business administration and is currently studying to complete a bachelor of human resources. She finds satisfaction in working with Constru Casa not only because of a new home for families but by seeing the change in the lives of Guatemalans.

Hilde Hagting

Treasurer

Geovani became a part of the Constru Casa team in 2009. He works alongside our allied partners in the construction programs. He visits the families to run studies before construction and to supervise the follow up programs after construction. He will also install stoves and water filters as well as lead the education on the use and health benefits of these products.

All the members of our Board serve on a voluntary basis! Visit our Dutch website at www.construcasa.nl

Team of Masons

Our masons are all highly skilled and hard working local Guatemalans. They build the houses and community buildings from the ground up, often with the help of our volunteers. The masons are very patient and teach the volunteers about building, Spanish, and often times, soccer! We are lucky to have such a great team of masons to help us build better lives in Guatemala.

Transparency Statement

In our transparency statement, we dive deeper into our funding, and how we spend budget on our different programs.