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Constru Casa

Rating: 4.78 stars   27 reviews 1,482

Nonprofit Issues:

Homeless & Housing

Address:

Friends of Constru Casa USA 9200 Andermatt Suite A, Lincoln NE 68526 USA

Mission:

Constru Casa’s mission is to improve the quality of life among the poorest families in Guatemala by providing housing and offering support programs. Additionally, Constru Casa carries out other construction projects for the benefit of communities. Vision Constru Casa’s vision is that families in Guatemala will not suffer from poverty, exclusion and dependency, and do not have to endure bad living conditions anymore. These families will be socially and economically developed and independent through simple, but dignified housing and support programs provided in cooperation with local strategic partners.

Results:

We just completed house number 600!

Target demographics:

Extreme poor of Guatemala

Geographic areas served:

All of Guatemala

Programs:

Construction of sustainable houses for families in need; fuel efficient stoves and water filters

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Reviews for Constru Casa

Rating: 5 stars  

Is incredible that so few people can make so big things!!! Emily, Carolina and all Constru Casa Team are people that make dreams come true building houses for local families.. I was volunteer the past summer and was an amazing experience.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

As a child of 14 years I was reading books about the Indsman in America and got a lot of compassion with them. These people were forced to give up their land and freedom to the white people. I then had a dream to build houses some day with them. When I met my wife Esther some years ago she told about here experience as a volunteer in Guatemala. My dream came back and we decided to sponsor and volunteer building a house for a Maya family.
It is incredable how easy it is to help the Maya people and give them a better life. They don't need much and are always proud and happy. They learned to survive in a beautiful country with almost nothing. People we helped were so greatful. It was hard to believe that we made the difference to become a better life by helping them. A very important experience in my life which I can recommend everybody who wants to explore his own belief system and help other people in the mean time.
Thanks to my wife who gave me this beautiful opportunity.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Unlikely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

For almost 10 years now I volunteer for Constru Casa. I first met Carolina around 2002 when I was on sabbatical in Guatemala to study Spanish. Since than I've visited Guatamala about 10 times. I was a volunteer in the office in Guatemala, went on honeymoon to Guatemala and we volunteered and donated a house with my husband. We came back in 2012 and took his children to volunteer at Constru Casa Site (18 year and older). I learn so much from the Guatemalan people and it's an inspiring place to work and meet the local people. An unforgetable and for me lilfechanging experience! Because of the experience in Guatemala I changed my job 10 years ago from commercial company to non profit organisation (and now I am stimulating corporate volunteering). I learned so much and it's relativating my life in Holland. The organization is very professional and I see the donated money comes right where it should come. I can recommand Constru Casa. Right now I am a (volunteer) boardmember of Constru Casa Holland.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

wish they had more support from the Guatemalan government...

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Great organization. Small in size, but huge in what they mean for local families. I raised the money to build an entire house and thereafter i joined 2 weeks on the construction site.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Integrate interaction between donors and individual families who benefit. Perhaps 1%club is a good example.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

My first experience was in 2006, and immediately I was sold. I turned back to the Netherlands as an other human-being. After then I returned 3 times and every time was the time of my life. Now I have a lot of friends in Guatemala. The gretatest to me is the jadeworker in San Juan del Obispo.
My last experience was in 2010. It's difficult to work again to me, because my knee has been worn.

Once I hope to go back for visiting my friendstogether with my wife

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make no changes

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I worked for 2 weeks for Constru Casa at San Mateo and San Gaspar near Antigua. I learned a bunch of very useful skills, I will need in my career as Civil Engineer ,while helping other people. The workers at the construction site were very friendly and patient. Constru Casa’s staff was helpful, and organized. They made sure everything was working out fine. The homestay Constru Casa organized for me was excellent. The family was friendly and the food was good. Constru Casa is making a huge difference on the lives of hundreds of Guatemalan families. I highly recommend them.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

A friend and I traveled to Antigua in 2012 to volunteer with Constru Casa and I could have never imagined what a tremendous impact this organization would have on my life. Constru Casa has built an impressive network of team members, volunteers, local masons, and community organizations to support its mission of providing basic, dignified housing to families living in extreme poverty. Carolina Van Heerde and her team are right on the ball with their communication. From my initial contact I had with the volunteer coordinator to the final day of my trip, they ensured that everything ran smoothly. I met husband and fellow volunteer on this trip, and we plan to return to Antigua in the near future to join Constru Casa for another project.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Constru Casa has become a big part of our lives. My husband, Jim, and I have moved to Antigua, Guatemala because of Constru Casa. Jim has been volunteering with them for around six years doing construction of homes and raising money. We have seen first hand how the homes built by Guatemalan masons, the family and volunteers can bring stability to a family as well as better health. The solid construction helps keep the families safe from earthquakes, mudslides and rain saturating their home.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 3 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

We donated a house and we also volunteered in the construcction. It was vey hard for us since we are older and had never worked on construction before. There were 2 cildren in the house and both seemed to do well in school. The entir idea is to help children get a better future. We were very please that this family went from a house made of sticks and stones to a block room house. Unfortunately due to the weather we were not able to see it completed.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

There is electricity at most of these sites so there is no reason not to have power tools. We even told them that we will donate them, but they refused and said manual work and tools worked better for them. They can get better quality and work faster with better tools. We never got a picture or any news of how the house looked, when or if it was completed. How the children are doing or if the family was able to continue improving their house.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Unlikely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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susan205 (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

We appreciate you and your husband being a donor of Constru Casa and hate to lose that wonderful relationship we have developed. Your feed back is so important to us, to improve our program and to continue helping those families that so desperately need the assistance. I have to apologize for our mistakes. We have been understaffed for some time and most of all our funding goes to the families we help. Please let me know we what we can do to continue to support our mission. Constru Casa masons have been trained in the construction methods of Guatemala. They often do use power tools, when work conditions permit. In many areas of Guatemala, electricity is not available, the electric current is not strong enough or the tools purchased here do not last. Constru Casa is a partnership which includes Guatemalans as well as foreigners. We value both cultures, particularly when it comes to how the construction is completed. Our Guatemalan masons work the way they desire and how they work best; this is often by using hand tools. We are very proud of our finished work product and will be approaching our 10th Anniversary next year.Thank you again for your feed back and I hope I answered some of your question and that you will reconsider working again with Constru Casa. Susan Patlyek, Operations Manager, Constru Casa: susan@construcasa.org

Rating: 5 stars  

Every year my high school sends high school juniors to Guatemala and through a Google search I found out about ConstruCasa. After completing my first, of hopefully many, partnerships with them I am very pleased with how on top of their game they are from everyone in the office to the workers out in the field. I always felt like everyone at ConstruCasa was looking after our needs and making sure our experience was a good as it could be. Up until now they have been very flexible, accommodating, pleasant, and in general a great pleasure to work with. I highly recommend ConstruCasa to anyone looking to do community service work with a group of high school aged students or any other group!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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