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Home Building, Education and Healthcare.


We build houses and provide medical care and education to encourage and support the community in the bettering of themselves.

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Home Building, Education and Healthcare.


We build houses and provide medical care and education to encourage and support the community in the bettering of themselves.

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Building Homes...


Building Homes...


In the poorest areas of highland Guatemala, improper building materials, a lack of appropriate resources, and unsustainable architectures turn houses to rubble in the blink of an eye. Many indigenous families live in makeshift homes that are constructed of nothing more than cornstalk or cardboard walls with dirt floors. Living in these conditions strips families of their dignity and hope, while fueling chronic health problems. 

From House to Homes enters the indigenous communities to work with some of the poorest of Guatemalan families to replace a cornstalk shack with a block home that is culturally appropriate, and affordable to maintain. This 13 X 19 block home has a great impact on the family. A door they can lock provides them with a deeper sense of security, a roof that will protect them from the elements, and a window to provide light into the home. A corn stalk shack can wash away during rainy season without warning, however this sturdy block home will alleviate this threat.. The home is stucco, and painted by colors chosen by the homeowner. At the end of the week when the home has been completed, the families find it difficult to express their deep gratitude to the volunteers.  For all involved, this is a fulfilling, and emotional experience.  Though many of the indigenous families speak only a Mayan dialect, and communication can be challenging; smiles, laughter, and joyful tears are universal.

After Shelter: What Comes Next?

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Providing Education: Escuela Kemna’oj


When did you start going to school? And when did you stop?

Providing Education: Escuela Kemna’oj


When did you start going to school? And when did you stop?

Education is crucial to the future of the younger generation of Guatemala.  Most of the adults have not had the opportunity to attend school. It's part of our mission to educate their children in effort to break the cycle of poverty.  Escuela Kemna'oj, our recently built school, educates 195 children ranging in age from Pre-K -6th grade.   Ongoing funds are needed to provide staff, books, supplies and meals.


Escuela Kemna’oj is located in Santa Maria de Jesus

In the developed world, many of us begin attending school at the age of 3 or 4 in bright classrooms filled with colors, shapes, books and songs. These happy days become a part of our childhood memories and the foundation for our social references.

In Guatemala, the situation is starkly different. Children do not begin their schooling until the age of 5, and few attend past 6th grade. Most stop their studies by 2nd grade, and many never attend at all.  High tuition rates and the cost of supplies is prohibitive for most families in the indigenous community; sadly, another generation of indigenous people is being raised without the benefit of education.

The vision of Escuela Kemna’oj is to provide education at no cost to the families we build for, and other members of the community as well.

 

How to Help

This program is possible only because of the support and generosity of our wonderful donors. You can help the children in Guatemala by either donating money to buy books and supplies for the school, or you can sponsor the education for a child.

 

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Providing Healthcare: Clinicas Medicas San Jose


As improving healthcare is critical to us, we welcome anyone who comes to the clinic in need of services.

Providing Healthcare: Clinicas Medicas San Jose


As improving healthcare is critical to us, we welcome anyone who comes to the clinic in need of services.

Clínicas Médicas San José

In addition to homes, we believe that providing poor families with better access to healthcare and education most effectively helps address community deterioration. San Jose clinic is located in Pastores, Guatemala; we provide free health, and dental care to all the families we have built homes for as well as all the children and their families in our school, Escuela Kemna'oj located in Santa Maria de Jesus, and the students of Cambianda Vidas School. We offer healthcare to other members of the community for a nominal fee.

OUR PURPOSE

The beautifully constructed San José Medical Clinic was created  with the goal of helping individuals achieve high levels of health through outpatient care, preventative care and health education, all while respecting their cultural traditions. Dr. Ana Louisa Ortiz, General Practitioner and Dr. Velvet Lopez, Dentist,  serve as the primary staff.

WHAT WE'VE DONE

Since opening in April 2011, the clinic has treated over 18,000 patients. The most serious cases involve children with diarrhea and pneumonia and adults with untreated diabetes.  The impoverished of Guatemala are not used to the concept of health care; we are working to educate and encourage them to take advantage of this service for their entire families.


San José Medical Clinic has an ongoing need for financial support and is always in need of supplies. If you are interested in donating supplies please refer to our wish list below as to what  items we are needed.  All financial donations may be sent to:

From Houses to Homes, PO Box 85, Mt Tabor, NJ 07878-0085

Please contact Judy Baker with further inquiries at judybaker@fromhousestohomes.org.

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