嗨，我是拜倫·伊斯特林。 Crystal和我是Build His House（BHH）（非營利性501.c3）的創始人，我們的主要目的之一是為寡婦和單身母親創造安全可靠的住房。我們目前正在自1998年以來一直在尼加拉瓜的國家/地區重建中美洲的房屋。
We have completed three homes to date, have a Nicaraguan construction company in place, an onsite manager and a direct connect with pastors and community leaders who help us discover these amazing women in need. Now it's time to take the Karis Widows to 6 homes a year. To accomplish this goal we have to raise $77,500. Of this amount we need to raise $69,100. Your sponsorship of Karis Widows is much needed.
WHAT WE LEARNED
Each home rebuild costs on average $13,000 from start to finish. All labor, materials and construction management are handled by locals in that region. We have discovered the need to keep finances in country and use local labor and materials. In the past, we would bring teams from the United States thinking that it would be less expensive to build, and this is true. The overall cost to rebuild a widows home is less when we bring teams, but what message does it send to the local people? From this we learned several life lessons;
1. Here in the USA we don't build the same way they do. It required more time and effort because we don't know their system of building. We had to hire local help to correct problems which we wouldn't have if we had hired them in the first place.
If you invite 10 people to come to Nicaragua to build a home each person will pay, on average, $1500 for the trip. That's a total of $15,000. This doesn't include materials and extra labor costs to train these 10 how to build a home in Nicaragua. Our costs total $13,000 per home, on average, from start to finish. One church, business or organization could pay for one home a year and help the greater community in Nicaragua.
2. Every time we brought labor from outside the country we were taking income from the local Nicaraguans. What message was this sending to those we were desiring to help? We learned it is far better to keep all labor, materials and construction management in Nicaragua thereby increasing financial stability for the community. Which has become a side benefit of the Karis Widows.
3. Our on-site manager Jerenia is far better suited to connect with the pastors and community leaders as well meet personally with the widows who need a home.
Your gift helps provide a widow a safe and secure home, local labor and suppliers gain income which is then poured back into the community as a whole. Your gift is creating far more than one home rebuild. It is creating economic increase and stability. Karis Widows is a project of Build HIs House or BHH. We are a nonprofit 501.c3. All donations are tax deductible. When you give to the Karis Widows it goes directly into the fulfillment of the next phase of building 6 homes a year.
Please join us as we raise the needed funds for our next 6 homes. Thanks for considering.