I'm raising money towards building a home for a family from a small indigenous community in Chiapas in the South of Mexico in July. Every small contribution helps make this happen
I decided that the best format to update you on how the trip went is directly. So hopefully you have received an email by now with images and summary attached!
I'm going to be helping to build a family home within a small community in Chiapas with Habitat for Humanity in July. Currently, more than half of Mexican citizens do not have the economic means to buy or build adequate housing. With minimum wage being as little as $5 per day, 44% of Mexico’s population live in poverty. 21.2% have no access to drinking water, sanitation, electricity and fuel for cooking food. And13.6% live in homes with dirt floors; roofs made of tin, cardboard or debris; and walls made of mud, reeds, palm or sheets. By making a donation, you will be helping us to support low income families and their human right to live in decent and affordable housing.
Habitat for Humanity in Mexico:
Since 1989, Habitat for Humanity Mexico has fought poverty through adequate housing, supporting and empowering more than 57,000 families in organized communities.
The housing need in Mexico:
Despite the progress that has been made in providing housing in recent years, more than 53.3 million people in Mexico do not have the financial means to buy or build adequate housing (45.5%).
Family income has been losing purchasing power: 60.6 million people (51.6%)earn incomes below the welfare line, which are insufficient to acquire the goods and services they require to meet their most basic subsistence needs.
Of this population, 15.9 million people (13.6%) live in homes with dirt floors, roofs made of tin, cardboard or debris, walls made of mud, reeds, palm or sheet; 24.9 million (21.2%) have no access to basic services of potable water, drainage, electricity and fuel for cooking or heating food. In addition, more than 538,000 families live in overcrowded conditions.
Habitat’s contribution in Mexico:
Habitat for Humanity Mexico works to combat poverty, supporting low-income families in building their homes; promoting community development through influencing public policies; attracting public and private resources for housing and sensitizing governments, donors and volunteers on the human right to live in adequate housing.
Global Village is Habitat for Humanity’s international volunteer program. Teams travel to over 40 countries to work alongside communities, build housing solutions, and experience local culture. Our goal is to change the lives of the people we serve, as well as the lives of the volunteers.
To join a team or learn more, visit www.habitat.org/gv.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in more than 1,300 communities throughout the U.S. and in more than 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit habitat.org.
An update for you-
I've just received information about the family we will be helping in Chiapas in July and also about the house we are going to be helping to build. I wanted to share this with you.
The De la Cruz López family live in a small indigenous community called Belisario Domínguez. The 1527 inhabitants of this community mostly work as carpenters, shepherds, and farmers of corn, beans, and squash. Everyone speaksTzotzil, many but not all speak Spanish.
Thanks again for showing your support and for being a part of achieving the fundraising goal of $2000US.
Final weeks of fundraising for this project!
This week I pulled in previously unchallenged baking skills and more comfortable poster-making skills to raise awareness for the project. Apart from hoping that my mini cupcakes were edible enough and also provided a nice sugar hit for those suffering from late Monday afternoon working day fatigue, people were interested in talking about this part of Mexico, what the project will be achieving for people and what I will be doing with Habitat for Humanity on this project.
Thank you for those who were kind and generous to make a contribution. I appreciate it.
And also thank you to those who also shared their experience of this region.
Here is some more information about Chiapas and the people that Habitat for Humanity help in this area:
1. Mexico has the 11th-13th richest economy in the world and ranks 4th with most number of poor among richest economies
2. Chiapas is the poorest state in Mexico with approx. 75% of its population living under the poverty line. The state has about 13.5% of all of Mexico's indigenous population and the city of San Juan Chamula is considered to be a center of indigenous culture.
3. Most of Chiapa's indigenous population are descended from the Mayans. The famous ruins of Palenque, once a Mayan Ceremonial center lays close by.
4. There has been a history of inter-religious and inter-indigenous conflict that has led to the displacement of communities since the 70's. The Zapatistas are also active in this area- seeking to keep control over their local resources, especially their land.
5. Those families that Habitat for Humanity have helped in Chiapas have incomes that are too low to afford to build a home and additionally do not qualify for a bank loan offering up to 40% interest rates. Private lenders would charge more. Homeowners who earn less than $1300/month qualify for H4H assistance at an interest rate of 7% with repayments over 15-20 years.
6. H4H volunteers work side-by-side with the Homeowners and local tradesmen to build their home.
FIONNUALA'S BUILDING A HOME FOR A FAMILY IN CHIAPAS PROJECT FUNDRAISING UPDATE:
As part of my 'thank you' to you for your support, I will send pictures taken during the project so that you can see not only the progress of the build but also see the people that it will impact.
If you donate $35 or more, I will also be including one of the postcard hand drawings I will be making during my time in Chiapas.
For $70 or more, I will be sending you a watercolour painting made about the experience in Chiapas.
This is a chance to share what I experience with you so that you can also see how your contribution will be helping someone who needs support.
Thank you to those who have helped me to hit 10% of my goal.
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