400 volunteers build in El Salvador during Lent
March 10, 2011
Habitat for Humanity Salvador inaugurates its 2011 Lent Build with the support of 400 international and national volunteers.
AHUACHAPÁN, El Salvador (March 10, 2011) – With the inauguration of its 2011 Lent Build, Habitat for Humanity El Salvador launched into year two of “Strengthening Gestemaní.” The holistic housing project serves low-income families in the department of Ahuachapán.
In addition to the construction of 90 houses, the Getsemaní project includes sustainable programs in leadership, community health, income generation and the interchange of experiences among members of the community.
During the seven weeks of Lent, 400 international and Salvadoran volunteers will work alongside masons and partner families in the construction of 15 permanent, earthquake-resistant homes. The volunteers will help dig foundations, mix concrete, sift sand, haul construction materials and paint the houses.
The organizations involved in the event believe that housing is the starting point for improving the quality of life of families and individuals. Adequate housing strengthens the wellbeing and the unity of families and sets the stage for employment opportunities and the economic revitalization of communities.
About Habitat for Humanity Latin America and the Caribbean
Habitat for Humanity first opened its doors in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) in 1979, and has since helped more than 100,000 low-income families to access adequate housing in the region. Headquartered in San Jose, Costa Rica, the Latin America and Caribbean regional office coordinates the efforts of 16 national organizations, as well as unique partnerships throughout the region. For more information, visit habitatlatino.org.
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