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). Here is the second set of houses, families #8 through 12.
Family #8 – Mirsa and Alejandro
Sponsored by Bernard Immel
Mirsa and Ale have four children (they just added a new baby in May). She makes and sells tortillas daily in the market in Chinandega, while Ale sells water and pop (soda) to drivers on the highway from his bike taxi (below).
Mirsa is also our main contact in the community. She does all the organizing, matching up our donors with the families, and helping them doing banking. She cares about the people in her community and making their lives better, and she works hard.
Mirsa and Ale: Thanks to Bernard for our house, we hope to meet you soon in El Limonal – ciao!
#9 – Vilma
Sponsored by Lana Moshuk, Shannon Ritchie, and Jess Rothenburger.
Vilma makes and sell tortillas. She is a single mom with one son who works sugarcane. This is her daughter-in-law and grandson, who does go to school. She is member of micro-loan program we also run where she has borrowed money to help her get supplies and equipment for her business.
Vilma: Hello Lana thank you for making my dreams come true. It’s a very beautiful house I could not have bought without your help. Thank you.
#10 – Señora Teresa
Sponsored by Brad Simpson
Theresa is approximately 60 years old. Her children left her and she no contact with them, she says she has no family. She is married, her husband’s name is Eddy. He works in the river collecting scrap metal to sell as recyclables. Teresa gets a retirement pension from the government. She is the mother of one of the warriors from the revolution and gets pension because he died in war.
I just get to hug everyone, what a great job! Always two kisses, one for each cheek.
Sra. Teresa: You are a gift in my life. My kids abandoned me and then one day I saw you walking by going to the chureca (dump) and asked me of you could walk in. You were God sent. I love you. You have become my kids. I wanted to tell you this so you can share with everyone. We love in so many ways, and this is love. My life experience has been hard, and then you came and changed it all and now even remembered to stop by and do a video of me. You are the kids God sent me. I love you.
#11 – Candida
Sponsored by Diana Kelly
Candida is the elected president of the community of El Limonal and she’s a busy woman. In the five days we were there in March I saw her on the phone or meeting with someone who stopped by to ask her something time and again.
She has three of her children who still live with her, seen above. Mirsa and Maudelena are also her daughters, and she has two grown sons (Carlos and Diogenes), but they all have their own homes and families. Nando (Fernando, above right and below left) is about 12 and he is an an aspiring photographer or filmmaker. He actually shoot some of the footage in the Gringos in the Garbage documentary.
The other lovely lady with Nando above is Candida mother. She is about 82 and she has such kindness and wisdom in her eyes.
#12 – Maudelena
Sponsored by Lauren Wills
Mau (as she is called) sells beverages to workers in dump. She has one son Carlos who is 13. She is a single mother.
I’m hugging again! I love Mau to pieces, she’s so emotional and makes me cry along with her. This is really a dream for her, she didn’t think she’d ever own her own house.
I hope you enjoy and can see what a difference this is making in these people’s lives, how grateful they are to have our (your!) support. We couldn’t make this happen without you.
Watch for the next batch of families photos and videos out soon! Please subscribe to our email list to get updates as they are posted on the site! If you wish to donate to our projects please click DONATE now.
Written by Darlene Hildebrandt – President of the GSG. Photos by Darlene Hildebrandt and Teresa Cline.