Provide families living in sheet metal shacks in Oaxaca, Mexico with their own safe and secure earth-block home, creating an environment for their children to flourish.
A staggering 53.2% of people in Oaxaca, Mexico are living in poverty. Most families are dealing with severe unemployment and poor education. This has entangled many families in a cycle of poverty nearly impossible to escape.
Because of this crushing poverty, families are forced to live in tin shacks, thrown together with whatever materials can be scavenged or purchased with the little money they have. In the hot months, these houses are like small ovens. In the winter, they are cold, with no insulation to keep warm.
Currently, Forward Edge’s program in Oaxaca, Mexico, called Trigo y Miel, serves many of the immediate needs of the community through a feeding program, tutoring, and bible studies. And we now have a plan to combat the housing and employment crises plaguing the community.
Compressed Earth Block is a proven, highly developed technology being used to build thousands of homes in Central and South America, and many parts of Africa. Earth Block machines can make durable, safe building blocks out of dirt, clay, sand, and only 10% cement. Houses can actually be made out of the same dirt that was excavated for their foundation, and can be built within weeks. This process is more economical than standard building methods, yet it exceeds the United States’ strength requirements. Earth block walls are soundproof, fireproof, bulletproof, bug-proof, and mold-proof. This spells safe homes for children and families receiving earth block homes.
Building earth block homes not only satisfies the immediate needs for housing, but also works against the cycle of poverty in Oaxaca by supplying jobs, training, and long-term economic development. This is empowering community members to lift themselves out of poverty. This project also opens up new opportunities to share the love of God with the local community.
There are three ways you can support the building of earth block homes for families in desperate need in Oaxaca, Mexico.
A gift of any amount will help a family get that much closer to a safe, new home.
“Our home benefits us because we won´t be paying rent any more. The money that we use to pay rent with will be used for things here at the house. My children now have a safe place to live, and so do we. Thank you.”
Silvia, mother of 6, pictured center
We are currently assessing the next families qualified to receive an earth block home. Please check back later or contact us for more information, (360) 574-3343.
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