Habitat for Humanity Costa Rica and Bank of America partner to build homes
August 5, 2011
Habitat for Humanity Costa Rica and Bank of America are working together to build houses and raise awareness about housing need in the country.
SAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica (August 5, 2011) – Habitat for Humanity Costa Rica and Bank of America turned over the second of three new homes, thanks to a recent partnership between the two entities, with the aim of helping low-income families to access adequate housing.
María de los Ángeles Rojas and her family, which includes her daughter and a grandson with special needs, received one of the homes, located in the region of Alajuela.
For Rojas, the dream of owning her own home was so strong that she left the country to seek employment, gathering enough funds to purchase the plot of land where she now has built her new house with Habitat.
The house was built with the volunteer support of more than 100 Bank of America employees, who participated with Habitat for Humanity through the company’s volunteer program.
A similar number of volunteers will also unite to build the third and final house in November, totaling Bank of America’s support at 2,400 hours of volunteer labor donated by the company. The initiative has also helped Habitat for Humanity to raise awareness among Bank of America employees and their families about housing need in Costa Rica.
“A tremendous sense of satisfaction and the happy faces of the family will be part of the memories that each volunteer takes home after this experience,” said Jeimy Gamboa, Resource Development Manager for Habitat for Humanity Costa Rica. “For us, we are left with the example of solidarity that radiates from each volunteer and the company they represent.”
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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