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Life in three square meters
Dina Quintanilla Zamora’s house has been pieced together with bits of wood and rusted tin. The space inside is less than three square meters – 10 square feet. Here, live Dina and her four daughters. In this story, Andrey Araya of Habitat for Humanity Costa Rica describes her visit to Dina’s humble home.


My daughters will grow up healthy and strong
Mery Sulema stayed in school until the sixth grade. When she was a young girl, she dreamed of lifting her parents and eight siblings out of poverty. Now that she has a family of her own, she is fulfilling that dream for her children. “I thought that it would never be possible even in my lifetime to collect the money needed to build a house that is so beautiful.”


A 30-year dream
Elia Barquero smiles from her plastic chair, while behind her a team of young “tico” volunteers from Habitat for Humanity Costa Rica help build what will be the first adequate home she has ever owned. “At first I was embarrassed in front of the volunteers,” said Barquero. “But later I discovered that they are all very humble kids, and that they only want to help without receiving anything in return.”


New hope for the Rivas-Pictan family
The Mosquito Coast is one of the most difficult regions in the country to access, particularly for trucks transporting construction materials. Habitat Honduras is helping indigenous Meskito families in this region, such as Jarly and Emelda, who have spent their 22 years of life together renting or borrowing. With Habitat’s support, they are now building their own home.


A “New Sunrise” for María Concepción Domínguez
The Habitat for Humanity Honduras project, “Nuevo Amanecer”, or New Sunrise, serves families affected by a severe tropical storm. This is the story of María Concepción, a single, widowed mother who sells firewood to earn money for her family. Today, she has new hope.