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Housing Projects Change Lives

According to the Center for Disease Control, safe and affordable housing is critical for good physical, emotional, and social health. International Samaritan helps build safe and healthy communities by constructing and repairing houses and schools for families who have previously lived in houses constructed of salvaged materials from the garbage dump. In 2017, we completed dozens of projects, hand in hand, with locals and volunteers. We are currently working on building houses, stoves, latrines, and playgrounds, as well as impving school buildings near garbage dump communities to break the cycle of poverty. 


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Beneficiaries from housing projects


Sustainable houses built


Increase in family income

Justa Fuerte is a single mother who works in the garbage dump in Granada, Nicaragua, where she has lived since she was six years old. Justa and her three sons are beneficiaries of International Samaritan’s home-building program in Granada. Today, Justa and her sons, Reynaldo, Jorge, and Freddie, live in a home that was built with the help of three International Samaritan Service Immersion volunteer groups. It has been two years since the contstruction was finished, and Justa’s life has been transformed. After 30 years in and around the garbage dump, for the first time in her life, Justa is determined to leave the dump. She has already begun to look for courses and jobs, and she hopes that this will be her last year working in the Granada dump.