Miguel Caac- Eta&Iota Response

In the community of Las Pavas, Chisec, Alta Verapaz, Miguel proudly welcomes us in his kitchen, alongside his wife and two children. Miguel works in agriculture in nearby fields, while his wife takes care of the household chores. During Eta/Iota storms, Las Pavas was very affected, due to severe flooding. “Water came from above, from the floor, from the sides, from everywhere”, mentions Miguel.

To support the families, like Miguel’s, who were affected by the storms, Habitat Guatemala, in coordination with Trocaire and Habitat for Humanity International developed the Project for Humanitarian Assistance in Response to Eta/Iota storms. A total of 411 families were provided with a construction material kit for roof repairs, and 48 families benefited from a concrete floor and a water filter.

Miguel’s family now eats in the kitchen that has a bright new red concrete floor, with no more mud or dust. “We feel proud. It looks pretty and clean. It is a joy to clean it and to welcome guests in our kitchen”, says Miguel. As Beneficiaries of a water filter, they no longer have to carry water from the river up to 3 times a day for a 20-minute walk.

“From Las Pavas community, receive our greetings and gratitude. Thank you for providing us with these products to improve our health. May God bless you”. – Miguel Caac.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Olivia Chun – Eta&Iota Response

Olivia, her husband Arnoldo, and their daughter Maybelline (2), welcomed us to their new home renovation in the community of Mucbilha, Chisec, Alta Verapaz. Arnoldo works on nearby palm cultivation, while Olivia stays at home.

The community of Mucbilha was severely damaged from the storms Eta and Iota.

During the storms, the room the family lived in became unsafe for the family, as rain leaked through the roof.

Through the Project for Humanitarian Assistance Response to Eta/Iota, carried out by Habitat Guatemala with the support of Habitat International, Olivia and her family were able to receive the support to renovate their roof. Now, little Maybelline will grow up in a safer and healthier space, sheltered from the rain and other weather conditions. “Thank you to the donors for providing us with these products. We bless you and your families”. – Olivia Chun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gilberto Pop – Eta&Iota Response

Gilberto lives with his wife Carolina, and their five children, Horacio, Iris, Gudy, and baby in the community of Las Pavas, Alta Verapaz. While Gilberto works in agriculture, Carolina is a housewife.

Like many communities in Alta Verapaz, Las Pavas was affected by the storms Eta and Iota. In the country, over 2 million people living in poor conditions were impacted by the passage of the storms. “It was hard for us because the river rose. Our houses were badly damaged as the water came from everywhere. We were worried for our children”, says Gilberto.

To support these families, Habitat Guatemala, in coordination with Trocaire and Habitat for Humanity International developed the Humanitarian Assistance Project in Response to Eta/Iota storms. A total of 411 families were provided with a construction material kit for roof repairs, and 48 families benefited from a concrete floor and a water filter. Through this project, families like Gilberto’s have improved their living conditions and health. Now, Baby Sayda has a clean and safe place to grow up and play.

Gilberto has a message for the donors: “As a family, we are very grateful for this support. Receive our greetings from Guatemala. Thank you for your support to our communities”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

María López – Hybrid House

 

María, her husband Nicolás and their family have lived in a small room built from adobe blocks and a dirt floor for the last 26 years. They are the parents of ten children with five still living with them. María takes care of her children and occasionally works in agriculture and washing clothes. 

With the support of Calvin and Kathy Hewitt, Maria and her family are the proud owners of a hybrid house. When asked how they feel with their new home, María answers: “Now, we have enough space for everyone to sleep comfortably. It is safe and provides a home environment with no dust or mud.” In the future, the family is planning to paint the walls, and fix their kitchen is. 

The hybrid house has a cement floor, which helps reduce parasitic and infectious diseases such as influenza and other intestinal infections. Complemented with the water filter, the Lopez family now has access to clean drinking water. In addition, they have also received a sanitary latrine as they did not have access to a sanitary service.  

“Please receive our greetings from our new home. Thank you. May God bless you!”. -María López. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Estela Colop – Hybrid House

For Estela and her three children – Cecilia, Eduardo and Clemente – having their own house was something they believed would be just a dream.

A few years ago, Estela’s husband asked that she leave the home with the children. Estela and her children moved to her parents’ house and the family built a provisional room made with corrugated metal sheets and dirt floor. “It was hard, but I decided that I was not going to let myself down. I had to continue fighting for my children”, Estela mentions.

As an active member of a local committee and volunteer for Habitat Guatemala, Estela had helped many families in her community. Now, it was her turn to receive a helping hand. The Habitat Guatemala staff learned about her story and with the support of our international donors, Calvin and Kathy Hewitt, the Colop family was able to start the construction of their new hybrid house.

Becoming a homeowner is a dream come true for Estela and her children. “I love my house, because I don’t feel cold anymore”, says Clemente. Estela is excited to finally have a place she can decorate and make comfortable for her family. “We are planning to paint the house in the future and also add some flowers”, “I do not have enough words to express my gratitude to you. Now, my children have a safe place to grow up!” – Estela Colop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Juana Brito – Smokeless Stove CRS

In the community of Pulay, Chajul, Quiché, lives the family of Jacinto and Juana Brito. Jacinto works in agriculture while Juana takes care of the household chores and weaves traditional clothes.  

 Thanks to the support of Catholic Relief Services, Catalina was a beneficiary from the CLD Project, where Habitat Guatemala is providing assistance to over 500 families in different rural communities with a U’k’ux’já Smokeless Stove. This is a specially designed stove to reduce indoor smoke and protect the environment as it saves on wood consumption. Prior to receiving a new stove, Juana used to cook for her family over an old stove that was in poor condition. “With our old stove the smoke stayed inside the kitchen and my eyes were constantly irritated”, she says. As part of this project, families also benefited from a water filter, which improves the health of the family. When Jacinto gets home from a long day of working in the fields, he can drink safe, fresh water from the filter. 

Now, Juana can cook without the smoke staying inside the kitchen.  Additionally, she no longer suffers from headaches and eye irritation. The family is also able to save money because they now use half the amount of wood for cooking.  

Juana has final words for the donors: “Maltiox! Thank you for providing us with this stove and water filter. May God bless you for supporting our community”. 

 

Catalina Raymundo – Smokeless Stove CRS

In the community of Pulay, Chajul, Quiché, lives the family of Catalina Raymundo. Catalina, her husband Andrés, and their two children have lived in this community for a long time. Andrés works as a taxi driver while Catalina takes care of the children and their home.  

Thanks to the support of Catholic Relief Services, Catalina was a beneficiary from the CLD Project, where Habitat Guatemala is providing assistance to over 500 families in different rural communities with a U’k’ux’já Smokeless Stove. This is a specially designed stove to reduce indoor smoke and protect the environment as it saves on wood consumption. Prior to receiving a new stove, Catalina used to cook…. Catalina used to cook for her family on the floor of her home. Before my new stove, I was always worried that my children would fall into the fire on the floor, Catalina says.

Now, the children are much safer. Additionally, she no longer suffers from headaches and eye irritation from cooking over an open flame. The family is also able to save money because they now use half the amount of wood for cooking. Catalina says. “Thanks to God, we feel very happy. We could not be able to afford this type of stove. It’s good to have a little more money because there are always expenses”.  

As part of this project, families also benefited from a water filter. Now, rather than buying or boiling water, the kids can drink directly from the filter. This improves the health of the family as they no longer need to worry about falling ill from waterborne diseases. Catalina finishes by sending a final message to the donors: “Please receive my greetings and our deepest gratitude for your support. We thank you for this stove and the water filter. It has been of great improvement for our family”. 

 

 

María Hernández – Smokeless Stove CRS

María Hernández, her husband Juan, and their four children have lived in the community of Pulay, Quiché for their whole life. María cares for her house while her husband works in the fields nearby.  

Thanks to the support of Catholic Relief Services, Catalina was a beneficiary from the CLD Project, where Habitat Guatemala is providing assistance to over 500 families in different rural communities with a U’k’ux’já Smokeless Stove. This is a specially designed stove to reduce indoor smoke and protect the environment as it saves on wood consumption. Prior to receiving a new stove, María cooked over an open flame for her family on the floor of her home. The smoke would fill their home, making it difficult for her young children to breathe. Now, she has a safe space to prepare food and doesn’t have to worry about her children getting burnt. Another benefit of the stove is that it consumes approximately 50% less wood, a scarce resource for Guatemalans, which reduces their weekly expenses. María likes the design of the stove, because it gives her enough space to cook meals and have her children eating around it. 

Since switching to a water filter, María has noticed that her family’s health has improved. Previously, all six of them suffered from daily stomach problems. Before, María and her family had to collect water using a tinaja, or a large earthenware jug that is commonly used to store liquids in rural areas of Guatemala. She also saves time and money as she doesn’t have to boil water. 

Maria would like to send a final message to the donors: “We are very grateful to you all for your support and for providing us with this stove that improves our health. I am sending you a big hug from my family and community”. – María Hernández.