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A charity fund forThe 1,000th Esperanza Home

$18,603 given of $18,500 goal

Building Hope

Started by: Esperanza International


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Building Hope: Help Construct the 1,000th Esperanza Home

Carmen Cervantes lives with her three daughters and granddaughter in an unstable, one-room home in Tijuana made from scraps of wood haphazardly nailed together. The roof leaks and all five women share a queen bed pushed together with a bunk bed.

But Carmen doesn’t have time to worry about the condition of her house.

For the past 25 years, Carmen has been the sole caretaker of her two daughters and granddaughter, all who have severe special needs. Two of her daughters, Pamela and Cecilia, have been diagnosed with cerebral palsy; additionally, Pamela suffers from epilepsy and Cecilia is bound to a wheelchair, unable to walk or talk. Carmen’s 16-year old granddaughter Melina requires 24-hour specialized care, just like her aunts.

With Carmen at home tending to three family members with special needs, her eldest daughter, Selina carries the responsibility of being the sole breadwinner of the family. From medications to diapers to daily food and water, Selina struggles to cover the family’s basic needs with her minimum-wage job.

Simply put, their dilapidated house is the only option they have.

But we can change that.

This month, Esperanza International & Fundaciόn Esperanza de Mexico are joining forces to raise funds to build our 1,000th home (or “Casa Mil”) and give the Cervantes family the safe and dignified housing they need. Construction will begin this summer.

Typically, this isn’t how Esperanza works. Esperanza families aren’t given homes; rather, they become homeowners by paying for their houses through their neighborhood community savings fund. The Cervantes family has worked tirelessly to save a small amount of money for the past 2 years, but it isn’t nearly enough to cover the cost of all the materials that they need to build a basic Esperanza home, let alone one that is better equipped for wheelchair access and larger living quarters that meet their needs. The existing Esperanza community savings groups have generously offered to support this cause by cooking meals, donating funds, and physically volunteering in the construction of the home—but we still need your help.

This is the first time in our 32 year history that we are calling upon all our Esperanza communities from Tijuana to Seattle to Sydney and beyond to work together: if you’ve ever volunteered with us, think of this as a digital bucket line that will play an integral role in helping us build this home. Whether you’re able to give $5 or $500, every dollar counts. (And if you’re not able to donate today, please spread the word and share this page.) Your support will directly improve the quality of life for these women.

Thank you in advance for your generosity and compassion. Together, we can build Casa Mil and a brighter, stronger future for a deserving family.

Esperanza International is a registered 501c3 whose mission is to cultivate global citizenship. We accomplish this goal in partnership with Fundaciόn Esperanza de Mexico, whose mission is to provide safe and dignified housing.

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A Fri-YAY update on Casa Mil! Thanks to your donations, we continue to take strides to complete the 1,000th Esperanza home for the Cervantes Family. This week the community savings groups from Primo Tapia and Rosarito worked alongside Esperanza staff to clean and prepare the work-site for construction and demolish the foundation of the former house. We are looking forward to excavating and breaking ground on the new foundation in the coming week & anticipate we will complete construction on the entire home in July! Thank you for your contributions that made this possible. Have a wonderful weekend!

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June 23 at 12:51pm

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Thank you for your support of the Building Hope campaign! As we wind down the final day of the campaign, we are overwhelmed by the support of our community. YOU have collectively raised over $12,000 and that number continues to climb! We are making exciting progress on the project itself. On May 25th, the dilapidated Cervantes Family home was demolished with the help of St. John Vianney Adult Volunteers. On June 8th, we will begin block production with the assistance of Community Savings Groups (FAVs) of La Morita, Gabriel Rodriguez, Cumbres & Rosarito & Esperanza Volunteers. Our goal is to begin construction at the beginning of July, we know the home will be completed in record time with so many helping hands. The Cervantes Family matriarchs Selina & Carmen continue to express humble gratitude to everyone involved. Thank you for making their dream of dignified home ownership a reality and personifying global citizenship. We love our Esperanza Community!

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May 31 at 3:10pm

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  • Nora E Shuler1 year ago Best wishes.
  • Jose and Maricela1 year ago Best wishes!
  • jeffrey vargo1 year ago Best wishes.
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  • Tim Gordon1 year ago :)
  • Cheryl Jordan Aguilera1 year ago Good bless this family and the people who are making it happen! Best wishes, The Aguilera Family
  • Joe and Robin Byrne1 year ago Best wishes.
  • Sue F Jamieson1 year ago You are awesome. I'd love to be there helping.
  • Stephanie Pratt1 year ago I was so sad I couldn't come down this year the week of May 22nd with the SJV Adult Trek. Bless this family! I am looking forward to seeing the completed home next year! ❤️
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