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Volunteers in Oaxaca, Mexico

March 14, 2009

The volunteers in Latin America are made up of students, businessmen, mothers, and people who have enjoyed home ownership and simply want to collaborate with others who have had the same opportunity. What they all have in common is a willingness to give of their time…and to give of their hearts. These testimonials represent many local volunteers throughout the region.

Name: Saymi A. Pineda Velasco
Community:
Puerto Angel, Oaxaca, México
Age:
25
“My name Saymi. I came to know Habitat for Humanity Mexico through an aunt who invited me to help, and I liked working with the group of Puerto Angel. At that time I was studying at the Universidad del Mar, dividing my time between school and my family, but I always made time for Habitat.

Last year I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Marine Science, and now I’m working on a Project with United Nations Mazunte. I am also still working as a volunteer; I feel like I can help people and give them a little bit of my time. That makes me happy.”

Name: Rufino Rodríguez Leraza
Community:
Puerto Ángel, Oaxaca, México
Age:
45
“My name is Rufino, but everyone knows me as Paco. I’ve known Habitat since they started working in my community 5 years ago. I saw a group of families who worked there and I met them. One day they came to ask for support because I had recently rented timber. They told me about the program and I really liked the way it worked. I lent them the wood and sometimes I would let them use my truck without charging them, it was my way of helping them.

“Now I continue to help them with my truck and timber. It gives me satisfaction to give what I can. I hope God continues to help the Habitat group in my community to grow and build more houses for needy families, and I hope that I can continue helping.”

Name: Leonardo Ziga Aragón
Community:
Puerto Ángel, Oaxaca, México
Age:
28
“I learned of Habitat through my sister, who is now enjoying a little house thanks to them. When Habitat started to work with some of my colleagues, I decided to accompany them one day out of curiosity. I began to see how they worked and I liked it. I continued to help because it makes me feel good as a person to give a little of my time helping those in need. Later my sister and had obtained her house through Habitat, and I helped by working with them.

“Now I volunteer at Habitat because they did good things helping my friends. I spent 2 years volunteering and I liked feeling useful. I know that with a little help I can build a house for a family in need. I look forward to volunteering more and helping families who need safe housing.

“Thank you Habitat, for allowing me to help.”