Habitat for Humanity Mexico
Habitat's work in Mexico
Mexico News and Stories
Housing need in Mexico
More than 59.8 million Mexicans do not have the economic means to buy or build adequate housing. Of the employed population (about one-third of Mexicans), 7 million earn less than the minimum wage, and 10 million make less than two minimum wages a day. This means that more than half of Mexico’s employed population makes US$30 a month or less, yet these workers support half of the nation’s families.
From 2010 to 2015, the demand for housing will be 3.2 million homes. The total housing backlog is 9 million households, representing 31.1 percent of occupied private dwellings in the country. Of this population:
· 561,294 households are in overcrowding conditions (with two or more families living in the same place).
· 1,140,839 houses are built with walls of recycled material such as cardboard or plastic.
· 7,255, 082 houses are built with walls and roofs made of sheet metal or adobe.
Habitat for Humanity in Mexico
In 1987, Habitat for Humanity International started working in the Mexican states of Chihuahua and Hidalgo, on the Dexthi Alberto and San Pedro Capula communities. Two years later, Habitat for Humanity Mexico was established. In September 2014, Habitat Mexico celebrated its 25 anniversary. For more information, go to habitatmexico.org.
Habitat’s contribution in Mexico
Complete houses, home improvements, repairs
Habitat for Humanity Mexico provides help through training, building materials, and technical and administrative assistance. Selected families invest hundreds of hours of sweat equity constructing their own houses and those of their future neighbors, with support from volunteers.
The families’ monthly housing payments are deposited into the Fund for Humanity, which receives support from other funds raised through different activities and donations.
All Habitat families are trained through workshops that explain how the program works, what our principles and expectations are, and how the family will be able to work as a team with others to create a community.
We work in 19 states through 25 local offices, having impact in over 650 communities.
Volunteers are a very important part of this organization. We encourage diverse sectors of Mexican society to join us in construction brigades to help families in need of better housing.
A brigade can be a life-changing experience. It’s an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of development issues and to learn more about housing needs.
Habitat Mexico is very sensitive about the needs of families who have suffered the consequences of a natural disaster. We have supported families in the states of Tabasco, Chiapas and Monterrey.
Right now, the organization is supporting families in the state of Guerrero affected by hurricanes Manuel and Ingrid. These families are building new houses or improving their homes with help from the Tlapa affiliate, located in the mountain area of the state.
Meet a Habitat family
Liliana Díaz Campos and Pedro Altamirano got married six years ago and have a 5-year-old son named Erick. Altamirano, 28, is a mason, and Campos, 27, is a homemaker. They live in Copanatoyac, Guerrero.
The family used to live with Altamirano’s mother in a one-room house where Campos prepared food and did different chores.
The family’s main income comes from a little grocery store, but every rainy season it was difficult to sell products because of their leaky roof.
“The old house was made of adobe, and the roof was made of metal sheets,” Campos said. “When the rain hit the house, all our belongings got wet because the roof had many holes.”
On a work trip, Altamirano heard about Habitat and saw how a community was building houses. He and Campos decided to go to the local Habitat office and ask for support.
“Now that we are part of the Habitat for Humanity program, we are very happy, because Habitat builds real and complete houses,” Campos said. “Our life has improved a lot. Thank you!”
To donate, visit: www.habitatmexico.org
To learn more about Habitat projects in Mexico, please contact us:
Luis Armenta Fraire, National Executive Vice director firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: +(55) 55190113 Ext.
Zayra Huerta Reséndiz, Resources Development Director email@example.com
Phone: +(55) 55190113 Ext. 107