Safe homes for families in need.
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.
Building with Earth Blocks
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.
UPLIFTING the Community
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. Jesus likens our spiritual journey to building a house on solid rock (Matthew 7:24-27). The vision and prayer of the Earth Block project is to build a solid foundation of ministry in Oaxaca by reaching out to families and holding Bible studies with community members and construction workers. This project will open doors into the homes and hearts of many people struggling with extreme material poverty.
These Families Are Awaiting Their New Home
Your gift of any amount will help an impoverished family get one step closer to owning their own, safe earth block home. Your gift of $7,000 funds an entire home; $800 provides all the bricks needed; $524 buys the doors, $465 covers the windows, and $264 purchases the cement needed for the concrete posts and beams.
Silvestre and Remedio
Silvestre and Remedio have been married fourteen years and have two children, Mari (12 years old) and Silvestre (10 years old), who both attend our Mexico children’s program. Silvestre and Remedio have been living in a sheet metal shack with a dirt floor and only two bedrooms for the past four years. Silvestre works caring for horses in a nearby ranch and sells cheese during his free time. Remedio works as a kitchen assistant in a preschool. They greatly look forward to providing a safe home for their children through the earth block project.
Higinio and Adela
Higinio and Adela married in 2004. They have four children, Mike Uriel, Anel, and Irving, all of whom attend our Mexico children’s program. Their sheet metal house only contains two rooms of which they all have to squeeze into. Higinio works unloading trucks. Higinio and Adela have been saving up money for many years in order to buy their own plot of land, but now they need help to build a safe home on this plot so their large family has a safe place to thrive.
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