Community Construction

Schools, Community Kitchens, and Housing

Constructing basic infrastructure supports communities in a variety of ways: Building schools where they are inadequate or non existent is essential for development, demonstrating low cost housing that is stable and safe is a basic need that alleviates a barrier to other achievements by rural families, and school based kitchens provide a teaching space and sufficient room to create nutritional meals for children.

Community member working with volunteers to build a home

Problem:

Unstable or inadequate building structures are endemic in developing countries.  Deficiencies in safe housing and adequate public structures such as schools, community centers, rural clinics and water systems hinder the development of healthy rural communities.

Solution:

Infrastructure provides the essential elements that support the domestic, educational and social development of communities.
In Nicaragua, ViviendasLeón has participated in the design and construction of family clinics and urban housing; rural schools, community centers and housing prototypes.
In Guatemala, where malnutrition is among the highest in the world, school kitchens are built to provide daily meals for school children and a training space for parents who prepare them.
Central to these projects is the use of passive cooling strategies and building materials that are available and appropriate for the climate and culture of Central America.

Outcomes:

  • In Nicaragua, our contribution has been in rural communities, fulfilling their needs for stable school buildings where their children can safely attend classes, and inexpensive, self-built housing for more than half of a communities population currently living in unsafe housing.
  • In Guatemala, we have made important contributions to food and nutrition through the design and construction of school kitchens that serve the needs of rural communities.

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Opportunities
For potential partnerships, go to our Get Involved page