Mosaic will be sending a team to build homes with Habitat for Humanity in Nicaragua October 21-29 and they are working with Habitat LA to raise funds. Thanks so much for considering supporting their endeavor to build hope and homes for families in need of decent shelter!
Habitat for Humanity Nicaragua advocates for the right to a decent home and for community improvements. Since 1984, they have supported 8,773 home builds, progressive improvements and repairs. In the past five years, they led 6,000 training events and have mobilized over 2,000 volunteers. Nicaragua has one of the highest housing deficits in Central America. The deficit is both qualitative and quantitative; in addition to needing 20,000 new houses per year, the country needs infrastructure improvements on more than 50 percent of its existing houses. The total deficit generates a need for 957,000 new houses and home improvements, and only 50 percent of the total need is covered between the private and public sectors.
Partnering with us, allows us to serve families like Estela Calero, who lived with her daughters, Herminia, 11, and Jessica, 20, and grandson Enoc, 2, in San Cayetano, San Rafael del Sur, in a house built with wood, zinc and plastic. Calero sold beauty products and worked as a seamstress, but her income was not enough to send her kids to school, much less repair her house. During the rainy seasons, the house was never dry.
At the end of 2013, Calero worked with Habitat Nicaragua volunteers to build a better house. “Before, in the other house, we were afraid,” she said. “It was unsafe, because it was easy to break a piece of wood and break into the house. … Now we feel safer against thieves and also against the rainy season — even against earthquakes.”
Now Calero sells tortillas and has bought a refrigerator so she can sell ice cream and offer refrigeration services to fishermen. She credits Habitat’s training courses for inspiring her to keep growing. She hopes to expand her business and add rooms for her daughters. “That is what I want,” she said, “to accomplish all that which used to be a dream and is now a goal.”