Meet the Elena Family

Elena and Dario live in deep poverty in the rural outskirts of Mizque, Bolivia. Dario is a construction worker. To earn enough to provide for his family, he spends over 12 hours a day on multiple construction projects. This income is inconsistent and unreliable. Elena takes care of her children, working tirelessly to keep the house clean and her family fed.

The couple has three children, two of whom stay at home with their mother. The eldest sister, Ana is only six years-old, yet she has already learned from her mother to care for others: she is responsible for caring for her little brother Clismar after school.

This family’s home is built of mud and straw, with a straw roof and dirt floor. The rooms are poorly ventilated, making the air heavy and hard to breathe. Since the “windows” are just holes in the wall, the house is always filled with insects, rodents and dirt. Nights quickly become uncomfortable and frigid. The family sleeps on the floor where they lay straw mattresses, thinned and worn from years of use. With little space, many of their garments are piled outside their home in large boxes, kept under a large plastic covering. The house has no electricity nor access to reliable clean water.

The Delgadillo-Perez family dreams of a home free of insects and with better air quality, where their children could develop and grow in healthy conditions. With your help, we can provide them with a weatherproof home with clean running water and electricity, which we firmly believe will bolster their standard of living.