Lucia and her son Israel lived in a shack and were surviving on what Lucia could sell at the second-hand market – sometimes as little as $10/week. Israel was brain injured at birth and has a very low mental capacity, so he cannot work. When I met Lucia in September 2013, her wood and tarpaper home had a river of mud running through it and a terrible smell of mould. Moreover, it was built on a steep hill and she suffers from arthritis and couldn’t safely move from room to room. I promised her she would never spend another rainy season in that shack.
The costs were too high for Compassionet Impact Development Canada to build her a concrete block home on her steep land so we moved Lucia and Israel into an apartment and demolished her shack. This year we will build her a more affordable steel home.
This will be our first of five steel homes in 2015. We are excited to try an alternative to the usual concrete block construction used in Puerto Vallarta.