Provide families in Oaxaca living in sheet metal shacks with their own safe and secure earth-block home built by Forward Edge’s program Operation Enduring Homes. You can choose to buy blocks for the next family’s home or help fund the overall operations of this job-creating business.
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.
Forward Edge has two programs in Oaxaca, Mexico that work together to address these urgent needs: 1) Trigo y Miel serves children and families in the community through a feeding program, tutoring, regular health care and spiritual discipleship; 2) Operation Enduring Homes provides consistent work for men in the community and builds safe and secure earth-block homes for families in 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 satisfies the immediate needs for secure housing, and also supplies jobs, training, and long-term economic development through the business Operation Enduring Homes. This program is empowering community members to lift themselves out of poverty and opens up new opportunities to share the love of Christ with them.
There are two ways you can advance the mission of vital program:
A gift of any amount will help a family get that much closer to a safe, new home. You can even choose what family you are giving to below.
A monthly or one-time gift will help keep local men employed and build the local economy.
“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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