July 10, 2009
Azucena and her daughter speak on behalf of some 35,000 individuals who have been served through Habitat El Salvador.
“Now more than ever, we need to redouble our efforts to find adequate solutions to the growing housing problem throughout the region.” – Torre Nelson, Vice President of Habitat Latin America and the Caribbean
Habitat for Humanity celebrated its 7,000th house built in El Salvador, and began construction on house number 7,0001, on Wednesday, July 1, in San Sebastian Salitrillo, Santa Ana.
Government officials and housing leaders in El Salvador celebrated the event, together with Habitat for Humanity International CEO, Jonathan Reckford, Area Vice President, Torre Nelson, and members of the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Executive Board.
Moments of enthusiasm and solidarity ran throughout the event, where Habitat homeowner, Azucena, and her two children, Jacqueline and Alexandra, celebrated the realization of the dream of owning a home. Azucena is an enterprising single mother, who has used her personal strength and determination to pull through life’s many difficulties. She runs her own hair salon, and is already prepared to accept clients in her new Habitat home.
Azucena’s house is located in the Villa Esperanza-Thrivent Community. The community is financed by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, headquartered in Minnesota, U.S.A., at a cost of US$1.7 million.
Thanks to this partnership, 75 Salvadorian families will experience the long-term benefits of adequate housing, including the land, house, basic services, social infrastructure and support in community leadership and development.
“Congratulations to Habitat for Humanity El Salvador, donors, communities and other stakeholders that have made this achievement possible,” states Area Vice President, Torre Nelson. “In times of economic crisis, those suffering from poverty are most vulnerable, and least able to withstand economic, political or social trauma. Now more than ever, we need to redouble our efforts to find adequate solutions to the growing housing problem throughout the region.”
About Habitat for Humanity El Salvador
Habitat for Humanity began its work in El Salvador in 1992, in the Department of Santa Ana. Since then, the national organization has facilitated the construction of 7,000 housing solutions, through which more than 35,000 low-income Salvadorians have improved their standard of living. Habitat El Salvador has invested an estimated US$32 million, and has directly generated 14,000, and indirectly generated 56,000 jobs throughout the country.
Picture courtesy of Nelson Fuentes, Habitat El Salvador volunteer.