Whatever it takes

Reina readily admits, “It’s been the hardest year of my life.” For a woman living in the mountains of Guatemala, that is really saying something. Several months ago, while pregnant with her third child, Reina’s husband was murdered while selling food on the streets of a nearby town. She had nowhere to go but back home, back home to live with her parents. She would do whatever it takes to keep her children safe and provided for. There on the mud floor of her parents’ home built of tin, rotted-out wood, and plastic, she gave birth to her third child. On that same mud floor, she and her three children have slept for many months. The past few months, during the rainy season, that floor has become increasingly uncomfortable. But until something better came along, she and her family would continue to do whatever it takes to survive. Something better did come along. It took the heart of Buy One Build One, in partnership with The Foundation For Higher Good, to say, “Not tonight. From this night forward, you and your children will sleep on a warm bed, resting on a concrete floor, with a non leaking roof overhead.”

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