Recently we shared some general information and photos of some of the changes happening in the community of El Limonal, including new houses being built for families.
Then we took you on a tour to meet the first batch of seven families who have gotten houses through this program and your help. When we visited the community in March we met with them, and toured their new houses (some still under construction). The second set of houses, families #8 through 12 is here, and you can meet the next batch below #13-16.
#13 – Carlos Ramirez
Sponsored by Jen Baillie
Carlos is a mason’s assistant, helping to build the homes. Brother of Mirsa. His wife Zulema cleans laundry and irons. They have two young kids who are too young in school, 3 and 1 years old.
Video translation (short version): Hello Jen, thank you very much for the housing.
#14 – Escarlet and Diogenes
Sponsored by Nicole Burtini
Diognese works in the river collecting metal scraps to sell, and drives a trike taxi. Escarlet not work, she takes care of their young baby daughter Renata and Diogenes daughter Rebecca (who is in school). Rebecca’s mother is Rosa, she and Diogenes are divorces.
#15 – Migdalia del Carmen
Sponsored by Marg Wood
Migdalia works doing laundry, the man above is her brother. He is mute and was just visiting at the time. He is a night guard in a bar. Her husband cuts sugar cane, they have two kids one in school, and one little one.
Video translation: Hi Margarita, We are waiting for our home and the happiness it will bring to us. Thank you. (Husband) First of all we’d like to thank God for the blessing coming our way as we didn’t have the means to come up with the money needed (for the house). We are very thankful again, to God and to you for remembering us.
#16 – Adilia Mendez Reyes
Sponsored by Kim Thompson
Adilia sells cut up fruit on the street. Her mother-in-law looks after the kids, two in school and one little one. Her husband drives a trike taxi.
Gringos in the Garbage
This is a documentary movie made by Jess Rothenburger and Warren FitzGerald. Jess had visited the community to cook and serve lunch but he wanted to go deeper, get to know more about the people. So they decided to live with a family in the community of El Limonal for 10 days, and film it.
If you haven’t seen the movie yet – you can watch the trailer below. This is what started it all, and got many of us involved in this project and this community of El Limonal.
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Written by Darlene Hildebrandt – Member of the GSG. Photos by Darlene Hildebrandt and Teresa Cline.