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From Houses to Homes aims to strengthen community harmony in highland Guatemala by building lasting, healthy homes, improving access to healthcare and education, and inspiring participation between the poor and civil society.
Home Building In the poorest areas of highland Guatemala, improper building materials, a lack of appropriate resources, and unsustainable architectures turn houses to foul rubble in the blink of an eye. Many families live in makeshift homes that are constructed of nothing more than cardboard walls with dirt floors. Decrepit housing quashes hope, fuels health problems, and destroys family unity. From Houses to Homes-Guatemala, Inc., recognizes that flourishing homes and thriving communities begin with improving actual home structure. From Houses to Homes works with the poorest of Guatemalan families to build or rebuild houses making them strong, safe, culturally appropriate, and affordable to maintain. These homes become the foundation for a community building process. Health and Education While home building is our main focus, we recognize that houses just remain structures and communities remain collections of impoverished families without proper health and education. In addition to homes, we believe that providing poor families with better access to healthcare and education most effectively helps address community deterioration in highland Guatemala. From Houses to Homes makes health and education possible by subsidizing healthcare costs and school registration fees. While we can't combat this problem in its entirety, we try to assist the neediest families in the highlands. Organized And Responsive Communities To provide the foundation for a hopeful future, communities must become more than a collection of families. Both individuals and families must be inspired to participate for the greater good of a neighborhood. From Houses to Homes, works with families and civil society to demonstrate the value that a clean and well functioning community has on the quality of life. We strive to bring people of all ages and backgrounds into the fold of a tightly knit community.
- Judy Baker
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