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Inauguration of Villa Esperanza – Thrivent housing development El Salvador

November 22, 2010




On November 16, Habitat for Humanity El Salvador and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans celebrated the inauguration of the housing development project, Villa Esperanza-Thrivent, in the municipality of San Sabastián Salitrillo.

The project serves 75 low-income families, who now have permanent housing solutions, including urban infrastructure and a well-organized group that is committed to community maintenance.

Villa Esperanza-Thrivent is adjacent to another Habitat for Humanity project, Villa Esperanza-Charlotte, which serves 135 families and has a community center and a center for infant well-being that are also available to their new neighbors.

The total investment of the Villa Esperanza-Thrivent project was US$1.7 million. A total of 1,500 volunteers from churches, schools and organizations participated in construction, including volunteer groups from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

The inauguration event unfolded in an environment of joy and solidarity. Friends and colleagues from Habitat for Humanity International and Habitat for Humanity Guatemala were present to share in the families’ contentment as they received the keys to their homes.

Approximately 300 people attended the event, among them United States Embassy representative, Robert Blau, local media outlets and government representatives.

In the photo above, Mercedes Ochoa, Municipal Secretary of San Sebastián Salitrillo (left) with a Habitat partner as she receives the keys to her new home (right).