Firm Foundations

HISTORY - firm foundations

Francisco Mendoza Calin is the very first Habitat homeowner in Guatemala. Here photographed with his wife and grandchildren in front of their still-used Habitat home built in 1979.

Habitat for Humanity Guatemala (HFHG) was founded in response to a natural disaster. In 1976, a huge earthquake hit Guatemala near the capital of Guatemala City, killing approximately 23,000 people. It is estimated that one in six Guatemalans were left homeless when their homes, mostly adobe structures, were destroyed by the powerful quake. Habitat for Humanity came to Guatemala in 1979 in an effort to help rebuild and prepare families for future natural disasters.

Today, HFHG has the widest reach and highest productivity of all of non-governmental housing programs working in Guatemala, with 3,000 housing solutions offered annually, providing shelter to more than 15,750 Guatemalans every year, and contributing to reducing the national housing deficit by 2.8%. To date, HFHG has built over 82,000 housing solutions for families in need, making us the oldest and most prolific Habitat for Humanity affiliate outside of the US.

Our Milestones

Millard and homeowner family/El Rosario, Guatemala/1.59MB

Millard Fuller in Guatemala for Casa 10,000 in Retalhuleu.

HISTORY - Our Milestones

At the Casa 50,000 event in Usumatlán, Zacapa.

Over the years HFHG has grown in size, serving more Guatemalans every year. In recent years this growth has been exponential; in 2002 HFHG celebrated the 10,000th housing solution, in 2007 the 25,000th, in 2011 the 35,000th & in April of 2013, the 50,000th family was served. These milestones are a chance to celebrate with HFHG’s friends & alliances, & to raise awareness of the poverty housing crisis.

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