House Construction

The building programs at Open Windows began with the Canadian organization, Developing World Connections, whose volunteers wanted to contribute to the Learning Center through construction projects.

Since Open Windows did not need more buildings, we agreed to help the children’s families. Living conditions for these families are precarious. Many of the houses are made from corn stalks, metal roof sheeting and, sometimes, simply plastic sheeting with dirt floors. These conditions contribute to the illnesses common in these families.

The project provides families with one or two rooms and one bathroom built from cement blocks and with metal windows and door, a roof of metal sheeting and a concrete floor. Building generally takes about two weeks, although sometimes the masons have to complete the work after the volunteers have gone back home.