Guatemala

Edificio Supercom Delco, tercer nival, oficina 3
Avenida las Americas 9-50, zona 3
Quetzaltenango GT- GT
WebsiteA computer monitor with a mouse cursor displayed in the center https://www.habitatguate.org/eng
PhoneA smartphone 7931-3131

HABITAT FACTS

Date when Habitat started working in the country

1979

Individuals served in FY18

53,865*

Volunteers hosted in FY18

23,920

Housing solutions

New, rehab, repairs, incremental

* 200 individuals served through market development

Habitat for Humanity Guatemala

Habitat for Humanity Guatemala is a nonprofit organization that aims to improve the quality of life of Guatemalan families by partnering with them to construct, incrementally improve or repair homes across the country.
For more information, visit: www.habitatguate.org/eng.

The housing need in Guatemala

According to the Central American Association for Housing (Asociación Centroamericana para la Vivienda - ACENVI), the housing deficit in Guatemala exceeds 1.6 million households, including inadequate, rented and overcrowded housing. In addition, the need for basic services such as drinking water, sanitation, electricity and safe stoves in rural areas is very high.

Habitat’s contribution in Guatemala

Habitat Guatemala has contributed to the reduction of the country’s housing deficit, both qualitative and quantitative. Our commitment is that all Guatemalans have an adequate home. As of June 2018, Habitat Guatemala has helped families, with construction, improvement and home repairs, as well as Healthy Home Kits.

Our programs

Volunteerism

  1. Local: These are volunteers from local committees who promote community development and represent Habitat in their communities.
  2. National construction: These are groups of people who have the desire to support families in the construction process. This opportunity is open to educational institutions, businesses, organizations, embassies, individuals, etc.
  3. International construction: These are groups of between between 8 and 80 international volunteers who donate their time and energy, typically for five days, eight hours a day. Without their support, the families might have to bear the cost of unskilled labor.

Financing for housing

Funding for families is more accessible than the traditional one found in the national financial system, with affordable installments, few requirements and ease of payments.

Healthy homes

Habitat Guatemala helps families to build, improve or repair their homes, meeting national quality standards and those proposed by Habitat for Humanity International. Monitoring of the construction process by trained personnel is also offered. Quality materials and structural systems that comply with the rules of AGIES (Guatemalan Association of Structural and Seismic Engineering) and ICCG (Institute of Cement and Concrete of Guatemala) are used.

Extreme poverty

This program supports communities and families living in extreme poverty by providing partial subsidies to access products that improve their quality of life, this includes: improved stoves, ventilated pit latrines, water purifiers, water filters and training to prepare families for homeownership.

Meet a Habitat family

Carlos and Clementina’s primary motivation in building a new home was to improve the lives of their three children: Carina, Elvis, and Eddi. When they learned about the low-interest loan that Habitat for Humanity Guatemala offers families, they knew that this was a way to make their dream a reality. In order to qualify for a Habitat Guatemala home, families have to be able to make monthly mortgage payments. Carlos works selling food and refreshments, so the family was able to make this commitment.

When the couple talks about their new home, their joy is obvious. “Before we all shared one bedroom,” Carlos explains. “Now, the boys share a room and Carina has her own room. They were so excited! She was especially excited to have her own room -- they even picked them out while the house was under construction!”

“We moved into the house on September 28th,” he continues. “And we’ve worked hard to save and buy new furniture for our children, such as this couch.” Clementina jumps in and talks about how much she enjoys the style of the house. “When people come over they always complement our house, and we love it, too,” she says. “We are so proud and happy to be here.”

What can you do?

We build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter. You can help us do it with the following actions:

DONATE

https://www.habitatguate.org/payment/
www.habitatguate.org

VOLUNTEER

Join one of Global Village’s scheduled trips to Guatemala or organize your own brigade.
For more information, go to: habitat.org/gv/catalog/lac

HABITAT’S OFFICE

To learn more about Habitat’s programs in Guatemala, please contact:

Victor Velasquez / National Director
Phone: 47406639, e-mail: vvelasquez@habitatguate.org

Steven Cook / Resource Development Director
Phone: 47406732, e-mail: donor@habitatguate.org

 

Travel and Build

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Solola, Guatemala

November 02, 2019 - November 10, 2019

Immerse yourself in the rich Guatemalan culture while working with the community to improve housing.

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Solola, Guatemala

December 07, 2019 - December 15, 2019

Dec. 7-15, 2019: Immerse yourself in the rich Guatemalan culture while working with the community to improve housing!

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Solola, Guatemala

October 12, 2019 - October 20, 2019

Oct. 12-20, 2019: Immerse yourself in the rich Guatemalan culture while working with the community to improve housing.

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