Building Better Lives in Guatemala

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Improving Lives Through Our Community Development Programs

Help us build better lives in Guatemala

Improving Lives Through Our Community Development Programs

Help us build better lives in Guatemala

Our Work

International human rights law states that everyone has the right to an adequate standard of living, including adequate housing. Caroline van Heerde envisioned a Guatemala with dignified housing for every family – and founded Constru Casa in 2004. Today, Constru Casa seeks to improve the quality of life among Guatemalans who live in extreme poverty. We do this through our four community development programs:

– Construction of dignified concrete block houses

–  Construction of community buildings: schools, clinics, and community centers

–  A thorough 4-year follow-up program 

–  A healthy stove and water filtration program

We collaborate with local organizations to identify families in need, and to help communities on their path toward a better and more sustainable future. 

Poverty in Guatemala

The United Nations identifies Guatemala’s Human Development Index as the second lowest in all of the Americas, second only to Haiti. Approximately 59% of the Guatemalan population lives in poverty, defined as earning less than US $3.10 per day. In rural and indigenous areas, this number rises to 79%. 

Guatemala’s poverty is rooted in many social, economic and political factors, manifested in high illiteracy rates, poor health and extremely inadequate housing. According to research carried out in 2013, more than half of the population of Guatemala lives in unsuitable ‘houses,’ and the overall shortage was approximately 1.7 million homes.

This is why Constru Casa has made its mission to combat poverty in rural areas all over Guatemala through the construction of adequate housing and the creation of holistic community development programs.

Our programs have made a great impact; learn more about the impact of our work here.

Support Constru Casa

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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 was reduced to 7%.


of families we work with have made improvements to their homes after the initial construction.


of our families reported that  they feel more secure in their new house against both natural and human threats (earthquakes, weather, and criminal activity).

Our Donors


"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!"

Jamie Stoddard


"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."

The Alvaro Upun

COVID-19 Update, August 2021

COVID-19 Update, August 2021

La Antigua Guatemala, August 2021   Dear friends of Constru Casa We are happy to greet you all! We always want you to be well, in good health and safety. You, your friends and your families are always on our minds. We are in a reality that nobody would have...

Newsletter March 2021

Newsletter March 2021

Constru Casa - Newsletter March 2021 Dear Friends, This is the first newsletter of 2021. We hope it finds you well and that you are all healthy and safe. All of you are very important to us, as well as the families and communities that we serve. At Constru Casa we are...

News Letter December 2020

News Letter December 2020

Building Together Dear Friends, This is the last newsletter of 2020 and we hope it finds you well, even in these strange times. The last few months have been difficult for Guatemala, and for the world at large. Many have not seen family or loved ones in months, and...

Newsletter September 2020

Newsletter September 2020

Dear friends of Constru Casa: The last months have been a challenge for all of us. We’re happy that, despite the circumstances, we have been able to provide support to some extremely poor families, delivering food packages, constructing 2 houses, and fortunately been...

Newsletter June 2020

Newsletter June 2020

Dear friends of Constru Casa: As always, we hope you're doing well and that the pandemic in which we are situated will stay far away from you and your loved ones. Constru Casa takes its responsibility and works hard to move forward, despite the situation created by...