Homes For GoodSecure housing for vulnerable families
Aura Lila (Oct. 2020)
The Brigadistas of Los Robles, Nicaragua are a special crew of women. They look after the sick, hungry, and homeless in their hamlet of 450 families without financial compensation. At their monthly meetings they advocate to the Ministry of Health and Comunidad Connect for people who are suffering most from the poverty that has gripped rural Nicaragua for generations.
Aura Lila grew up in Los Robles and has been a Brigadista going on 15 years. The youngest of numerous siblings in a small house, she never had a private space to call her own. Four years ago, she was forced to move in with her sister’s family of eight. Many nights, her only option was to sleep on the kitchen floor. And to make matters worse, she has chronic pain resulting from back, kidney and ovarian ailments.
In May of 2020, Comunidad Connect donors financed the construction of homes for three families in Los Robles. Each family donated building materials which allowed us to come in under budget, such that we had enough leftover to build a small house for an individual person or couple. We turned to the Brigadistas for suggestions and they asked us to consider Aura Lila. Her selflessness as a Brigadista and her dire living situation moved us to build her a small home just before the hurricanes hit Nicaragua in October.
Reyna and Luis (Sept 2020)
Reyna & Luis are a young couple with two girls (6 & 13) and a baby on the way. Until recently, they lived in a makeshift shelter made with sheet metal and salvaged pieces of wood. Without a concrete floor, their one-room shelter became muddy when it rained…
Adelayda (Sept. 2020)
Adelayda is a single mother of two. Before her new home, she lived with her mother and siblings in an overcrowded house with 9 people. Hardworking and responsible, Adelayda has volunteered on other community projects for over a year…
Blanca Nubia is a patient of the Together For Health program who suffers from epilepsy and an intellectual disability. Her husband, Julio, lost his job as a security guard in Jinotega when the pandemic hit in March of 2020. Fortunately, her 17-year-old stepson began working as a caretaker on a nearby farm to help the family with food expenses. However, because of Blanca’s vulnerable condition, their previous home did not offer appropriate security or shelter for the family.