Marlon Arévalo family – Joanne Morra – HFH Canada

Ingrid (23), her husband, Marlon (25), and baby Abby (2), are living in their new Habitat home in Rabinal, Baja Verapaz.  Marlon works in an advertising agency, while Ingrid stays home and takes care of Abby and the house chores.

Before partnering with Habitat Guatemala, the small family used to live at Marlon’s parents house, sharing it with 12 more relatives, “When Marlon’s parents gave him a piece of land, the first thing that Marlon wanted to do, was to build our own house! We needed space for us and and for Abby too,” mentions Ingrid.  They learned about Habitat Guatemala through a friend, and after making some research, they decided to start the process.”

When asked how she feels with her new home, Ingrid smiles and responds, ”We feel very happy! We are grateful to God and Habitat for giving us the opportunity to build our house and make this dream a reality! It is a big blessing for us to have it, we are paying it little by little but we already have it, and we are happy for it!” She continues, “in the future we are planing to add a second storey, and add a porch too.”

What Ingrid enjoys the most about being at her home is to cook, she enjoys cooking and trying new recipes at her kitchen.  “Abby enjoys to play in the garden, we live next to our in-laws so she plays with her cousins too.”

About their time spent with the volunteers, Evelyn recalls, “It was a wonderful experience to share with all of the volunteers. They were of great help for us! they worked hard next to the masons, and we still remember them, the piñata was fun too!”

She finishes by sharing a message to the volunteers, “Thank you for coming to share with us, and helping us building our home! May God bless you all. Receive our greetings from my husband, Abby and I. Thank you!”