On Sunday I went to Mexico with a few other people from FLOC (Future Leaders of Our Community) and worked with Build-A-Miracle to lay the flooring in a house built for a family in need. This is the 146th home built by Build-A-Miracle, a non-profit that works solely off of donations. They do so much more than just build homes. The wonderful couple that started Build-A-Miracle saw a need for education and a sense of community. So, they built a community center. In order for a family to "earn" a home, each family member must be enrolled in some type of educational program and must each perform 500 hours of community service. Even the adults must be furthering their education. The Community Center offers vocational training as well as parenting and marriage classes.
Mother and Daughters and the donors that made this house possible.
We presented a finished home to a single mother with four daughters. They went from living in a shack the size of my cubicle to a 2 bedroom home with a bathroom! They were previously washing themselves with a hose and bucket and lacked plumbing entirely. This new home opens up their world! They will now have privacy, which is essential for a mother of four. They can cook their meals and live in sanitary conditions for the first time. This family put in a combined total of 2,500 hours of service to be eligible for this home which gives them a stake in their community.
Me and my ninas!
I am really impressed with Build-A-Miracle's sustainable model. They are helping the people of this community to help themselves and it's inspiring to watch.
On a running note: I have not been running for well over a month now. My pain is decreasing but it returns as soon as I attempt to run. I think it may be time for PT. Sigh.
I hope everyone is having a fantastic week!