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At the end of 2016, San Pedro community members blessed three new houses that had been constructed with the help of their sister community in Cayuga, New York. However, these buildings weren’t the only fruits of the nearly seven month long project. Based on a collective learning-building methodology, the effort to plan and build these houses facilitated an educational exchange between participating families and the rest of the community.
The San Pedro community collectively chose three families based on need and availability of land. These families committed to prepare local materials and assist with the construction of all three homes.
Further meetings offered community members an opportunity to learn more about the Modern Bahareque construction method which was used to build the homes. Modern Bahareque makes use of local materials such as clay, sand, grasses, wood, rock, and lime. It is a sustainable method to provide dignified housing to people who have not had access to permanent homes.
Upon completion of the project, local catechist Don Carmen blessed the new homes. It our hope that with the support of sister communities, this new knowledge will empower the community to continue construction.
To help us continue the Dignified Housing Project, please consider making a contribution through FACES, a nonprofit in the U.S. that supports our work in El Salvador. For more information about this project, see the report on our Facebook page.