In 2005, Hurricane Stan swept over the lush forests of Guatemala leaving in its wake tremendous mudslides and torrential rain. More than 1,600 people were declared dead and hundreds more were never found. The final death toll was never determined due to the extensive damage throughout the region.
Just five years later, in 2010, Guatemala was hit again. Hurricane Agatha left more than 80 dead and hundreds more were displaced.
Both storms left behind swollen rivers, mudslides, and dislodged homes. Thousands of families were forced to rebuild using whatever they could find: plastic, cardboard, scrap wood, and tin. Most of these homes were no larger than the size of an average American bathroom, though they housed as many as eight people.
Realizing the tremendous need, Hope of Life International began a total village transformation initiative to rebuild the homes that were lost. They began by identifying the scattered villages in need and then began working with the community to rebuild homes, establish schools, construct churches and feeding centers, and transform lives.
In the last few years, Hope of Life International has built over 3,500 homes for families throughout the surrounding community and they are committed to building another 500 homes this year.
"This village will give these families a new life, better than they ever had," said Cheryl Vargas. "And they will be part of our family for the rest of their lives."
A total village transformation can take as little as a year. New homes for a small family cost only $6,500—a small price for a bright future.
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