Casita Linda’s 100th House

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By Karla Ortiz

 

On November 15, Casita Linda’s 100th achievement was celebrated: a new home for a family and a lot of dreams ahead. This is a project that may change a person’s life, especially that of the children who have been most enthusiastic about supporting the work at home and improving their education.

Casita Linda is a Mexican organization that began in 2001. It brings together Mexicans and foreigners with the hope of providing better homes to the hundreds of San Miguel families living in extreme poverty. It strives to rescue them from the suffering they experience during the rainy and cold seasons. In 2016, Casita Linda began offering workshops to the beneficiary communities to teach them about goal-setting, nutrition, child care, home care, water conservation, organic gardening, herbal remedies, income generation, sexuality, family planning, and prevention of addiction and domestic violence. With these workshops, the families have not only gained their own home, but they have also learned to lead a healthier life as they begin this new stage. This year, Casita Linda has received 501c3 status which, under the US federal tax code, recognizes this foundation as a charitable organization. An important point for Casita Linda is to keep production costs to a minimum, achieving a record investment of $10,000 to $12,000 per house. Each year they hold a fundraising event. At this year’s event they raised enough to build five houses.

To build Casita Linda house number 100, they were joined by three NGOs, Caminos de Agua, The San Miguel School for the Deaf, and Blanket Babes, that supported them throughout the process with the creation of cisterns, furniture, and bedspreads. With the architects and people of ARMO System who provided the material (cement blocks) for construction, they created what the family saw as a distant dream, and thanks to donations and the initiative of Casita Linda, it became possible.

“Thank you very much, for me they are like angels. I say to my children that this is a gift for them and for me. You always have your rewards for doing things right, and for me the rewards are my home. I am very happy, thank you Casita Linda,” said María Concepción Vargas Reyes, mother of the recipient family of the 100th house.

 

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