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Review for Friends Of Constru Casa Usa, Crete, NE, USA

Rating: 3 stars  

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.

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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.

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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: