Casas de Esperanza (Nicaragua Update)

by Jason Bollinger on June 9th, 2016

On every trip there are two things we experience (1) things we plan and (2) things we don't plan. The things we plan are initiatives we are already working on where we pretty much know what to expect. The things we don't plan are things that come together simply because we showed up and were at the right place at a time the Lord wanted to show us something. One thing we didn't plan is what I want to share with you.

​The Hope Project is one of our partners in Nicaragua, and they are doing great community development work in the Matagalpa area. They are feeding 500 children a day (M-F) and providing tutoring, counseling, and support for families. We are working with them to implement business development as a way for families to work their way out of extreme poverty. While we were at one of the Hope Centers (community hub where the work is based), a family requested some help at their home. A torrential rain had happened the night before, and there was some damage. 

Many people live in homes of plastic tarp or pieced together metal. When it rains they get wet - even inside their homes. It was heartbreaking to see this first hand. 

We set off with some of the Hope Project team to investigate. We hiked down a fairly treacherous cliff to the site where this family lives. They literally live on the edge of a cliff, and during the storm, a small landslide dumped piles of dirt down against the back of their house. They are about half way down the mountain, and it was easy to see that it wouldn't take much more to push their house right off the cliff. 

​We talked with them and prayed with them as we had to tell them no safe repairs could be made. However, we prayed that God would provide them a new house. The Hope Project is currently building their 12th house in this area. It is just a small piece of the bigger strategy of changing lives and transforming communities. 

A secure home allows the families to not only be dry and safe during bad weather, but it allows them to lock their doors when they leave. One of the reasons people don't go to work is that people often steal their stuff when they leave. It's a real concern. A secure home not only protects families, but allows them to make more money by going to work. Additionally, the houses are built by local builders, so it provides additional work for them. 

​It costs $5,000 to build a complete house that includes a proper bathroom and shower (most are using outhouse type situations now). A plot of land can cost between $2,000-$10,000. So a brand new house for a family costs between $7,000-$15,000. The homes that are built are deeded to the children in order that they will be secure for multiple generations. All of the homes are built for families accountable to The Hope Project as participants in their community development programs. 

Would you be willing to invest in Casas de Esperanza (Houses of Hope)? The family I spoke of earlier is in urgent need. They are one terrible rain storm away from being homeless. They are also just one example of hundreds more that could use this tangible display of GOOD NEWS. Would you be willing to talk to your church, place of business, community group to see if others might be willing to be a part of this opportunity. Would you be willing to give toward the $7,000-$15,000 total?

The houses we build are houses that we will see every time we travel to Nicaragua. For that matter, I would love to take you to see the house that you had a part in building. It will change your life forever. Any amount makes a difference and goes straight to helping families in desperate need. If you can't give right now, would you pray for these families and the hundreds of others living in these conditions...that God would hear their cries and provide for their needs?

Here is the giving site:

Let me know if you have any questions about this project or anything else. Thanks for being a part of the #linksfamily. Thank you for working with us to be GOOD NEWS to the poor. 

For the Kingdom,

Jason Bollinger
CEO, Links International - USA Office

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