Fuller Center for Housing Mission Trip to El Salvador
After building 54 homes in two communities in El Salvador, we are now beginning an ambitious community for about 75 families in Nuevo Cuscutlan, which is just outside of San Salvador. The families are living in terrible conditions of mud, plastic, and rusty metal walls and roofs, usually with dirt floors. The steep hillside on which the homes are built presents a high risk for landslides and is a muddy, arduous hike for the families when they are hauling their water each day. Mosquitoes breed in the mud and stagnant water and infect families with disease. To top it off, the families are facing eviction since they do not own the land on which they live, and the owner has other plans for it.
Working with our local Fuller Center Covenant Partner named Gente Ayudando Gente, the local city government, and an organization called New Story, we are partnering with these families to move into simple, decent homes built on land that they will truly own. The families become not just recipients, but donors as they work alongside the volunteers and builders and also pay the costs of construction forward on a no-profit, no-interest loan. Gente Ayudando Gente will also be constructing a Hope Center that will provide nutrition education and assistance as well as medical care, with a focus on women’s health. It will also help families access job training or start niche small businesses. With the home as the central pillar of this comprehensive approach, we are destroying the allure of gangs that has overtaken much of San Salvador. Together we are shining God’s light by breaking the cycle of poverty and making the world a better place.
Getting involved – There are several ways that you can get involved. Donate to support this specific partner. Volunteer on one of our El Salvador Global Builders teams or join a trip as a virtual volunteer, choosing to donate your travel costs instead of making the trip.