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Casita Linda crea un ambiente digno, seguro y de empoderamiento que proporciona las bases de esperanza para aquellas familias que viven en extrema pobreza.

Casita Linda's Mission, Core Values and Vision Statements
Casita Linda creates a dignified, safe and empowering environment that provides a foundation of hope for families living in extreme poverty.
Casita Linda creates a dignified, safe and empowering environment that provides a foundation of hope for families living in extreme poverty.
Empowerment, Dignity, Respect, Community, Transformation and Compassion.
Empowerment, Dignity, Respect, Community, Transformation and Compassion.
A San Miguel de Allende in which everyone has a dignified home and hope for the future.
A San Miguel de Allende in which everyone has a dignified home and hope for the future.

NUESTRA HISTORIA

En el año 2000, San Miguel Allende sufrió un particular duro invierno. Estas temperaturas de un frío inusual, causaron la muerte de varias personas en el municipio debido a las difíciles condiciones de vida de muchas familias rurales. Jeffrey Brown, residente de San Miguel, un constructor y diseñador gráfico, con la ayuda de Irma Rosado una consultora local reunieron una pequeña donación y en 2001 formaron Casita Linda, una organización sin fines de lucro. Desde sus inicios Casita Linda, ha estado conformada por un equipo maravilloso de mexicanos y norteamericanos que han trabajado juntos para llevar esperanza a las familias locales más empobrecidas.

Con el paso del tiempo, nuestro impacto se ha expandido, en enero del 2016 Casita Linda comenzó a dar una serie de talleres intensivos para las familias beneficiadas, que cubrían temas tales como el establecimiento de metas, nutrición, cuidado de los niños y de la casa, conservación del agua, jardinería orgánica, remedios herbales así como otros proyectos para generar sus propios ingresos, sexualidad, planeación familiar, adicciones y violencia doméstica.

En 2017 Casita Linda Casita Linda obtuvo el status 501c3 convirtiéndose en una reconocida organización sin fines de lucro, tanto en los Estados Unidos como en México, Los donativos de personas en todo el mundo hacen posibles los logros de Casita Linda.

Casita Linda enables families to move from dirt-floor shacks into homes with concrete floors, separate bedrooms for girls and boys, a real bathroom, actual windows, a water cistern, basic furniture, and doors that lock. Moving into a home that is safe, secure, clean, and big enough is a life-changing event.

NUESTROS TALLERES

A medida que conocíamos a las familias beneficiadas con una casa, también aprendíamos sobre los enormes retos a los que se enfrentaban diariamente, y ellos nos inspiraron a hacer más. Así, Casita Linda brinda ahora una serie de talleres intensivos para las familias beneficiadas. Los talleres son dirigidos por dos talentosas mujeres mexicanas, una de ellas es trabajadora social y la otra es abogada. Dos veces a la semana, por lo menos durante 9 meses, las mujeres de Casita Linda se reúnen para estudiar, compartir y trabajar juntas sobre temas ya mencionados. Sus maridos se unen a ellas para tomar una sesión cada semana. También trabajamos con otras organizaciones sin fines de lucro que nos proporcionan servicios adicionales y referencias para nuestras familias de Casita Linda .

 

Con las habilidades y conocimientos que adquieren en los talleres, preparamos a nuestras familias, para que comiencen un nuevo capítulo en sus vidas y para que rompan con ciclos negativos. Ellas sueñan con trabajos que mejoren su futuro y así ser más capaces de trabajar para lograr sus sueños.

TODOS LOS VOLUNTARIOS DE LA JUNTA DIRECTIVA.

Louise Gillian. Presidente. has lived in San Miguel for 12 years after having lived in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles and Dallas.  Louise was Director of Corporate Communications for a major airline and then went on to open an Executive Search firm specializing in placing high caliber airline executives for both domestic and international carriers. Louise began producing events for Casita Linda in 2006.  She is committed to seeing that the poorest of the poor in San Miguel are treated with dignity and respect and have sustainable shelter and is passionate about paving the way for the children of our families to build better lives for themselves.

Rachel Ballard, Vice President. Board Member specializing in budgeting, forecasting and analysis, Rachel brings to Casita Linda her 20 years’ combined knowledge and experience working in international development in Latin America and in the US private sector. Rachel began her international career in Asuncion, Paraguay, leading a successful United Nations Development Program sponsored budget & financial reform project with the Municipality of Asuncion. Rachel holds a BA in Latin American Studies from Trinity College, CT, and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. After falling in love with San Miguel de Allende on a cross-country college road trip with her best friend, Rachel returned 10 years ago with her family and is now a resident.

Gregg Blackburn, Tesorero. is a former civil litigation attorney from Boston, Massachusetts.  After retiring he came to San Miguel in 2009 with his wife Karen who has longtime connections to San Miguel.   He started out with Casita Linda as a volunteer laborer in the field screening sand and laying block.   Working with the construction crew and seeing firsthand the living conditions of house recipients has fostered a commitment to Casita Linda’s goals and its crew.  He joined the board in 2014 and became treasurer in the spring of that year.

Lyn Gawron, Secretaria, has lived in Europe, North Africa, the US and Mexico. She owned seven gas stations in Southern Arizona before moving on to the Office of Cultural Programs, Colorado State University, bringing events and covering all disciplines of the Arts to the campus and the city of Fort Collins, CO. She then spent three years as a Personal Banking Officer and Business Development Specialist for the Bank of Santa Fe in New Mexico.   As a volunteer, she was responsible for hospitality for Film Festivals in Houston, Charleston, Denver, Durango, Taos and Santa Fe. Lyn and her husband currently reside in San Miguel de Allende and Santa Fe, New Mexico where she works in the movie industry.

Kim Slote, Board Member, Ha viajado por los cinco continentes y ha sido testigo del poderoso impacto que pueden tener las comunidades pobres cuando se implementa una cuidadosa intervención estratégica, como la utilizada en Casita Linda. Después de obtener grados en Stanford y Harvard, trabajó para varias organizaciones no gubernamentales, incluyendo “A Better Chance”, “Human Right Watch” e “Internews”, y para el Departamento de Estado, al promover los Derechos Humanos en Asia. Ann Marie, ha vivido en China, Japón, Fiji y el Reino Unido. Actualmente reside en San Miguel con su esposo y sus dos hijos.  

Guadalupe Alessio, is a Mexican sociologist with a degree in Human Rights and Gender Studies and a Masters degree in Studies in International Relations. Lupita has worked in several government institutions. She was Executive  Secretary of the ” Commission for Peace and Reconciliation in Chiapas” and was a teacher at the prep school and University level. Lupita has written several articles about social issues in various magazines. She joined the Casita Linda Board because she believes that owning a house is the most elementary human need and human right.  She believes it is very important to help the most deprived families in our community.  Lupita is married and she and her husband have three children. She is an accomplished artist and an avid reader.

Mario Lopez Gonzalez Garza, is a Mexican architect who has been involved in more than seventy national and international projects. He is the founder of Mario Lopez-Arquitectura with offices in Mexico City and San Miguel de Allende. Mario has designed projects focused on sustainability, social responsibility, and urban marginality. Mario has a Masters in Architecture from UNAM, where he graduated with honors. He was in charge of the Architecture Program at La Salle University in México City and now he teaches Urbanism in the Anahuac University, Querétaro. Mario holds numerous honors and awards in the architectural field. He resides in San Miguel de Allende with his wife, Lina Dabbagh. Mario is instrumental in overseeing our building more sustainable and environmentally friendly homes for those less fortunate.

Wendy Coulson has been a resident of Mexico since 2004 and happily married to one of its citizens. She is a career English Language Teaching professional developing curricula and teaching materials and training teachers in Mexico and in various corners of the world. She is a Rotary Peace Fellow graduate nominated by Rotary Mid-day Club and as such has worked on community-based education programs for development projects with Rotary and other local NGOs.

Ann Marie Jackson, Ha viajado por los cinco continentes y ha sido testigo del poderoso impacto que pueden tener las comunidades pobres cuando se implementa una cuidadosa intervención estratégica, como la utilizada en Casita Linda. Después de obtener grados en Stanford y Harvard, trabajó para varias organizaciones no gubernamentales, incluyendo “A Better Chance”, “Human Right Watch” e “Internews”, y para el Departamento de Estado, al promover los Derechos Humanos en Asia. Ann Marie, ha vivido en China, Japón, Fiji y el Reino Unido. Actualmente reside en San Miguel con su esposo y sus dos hijos. En 2015, se unió a la Junta de Casita Linda.

RESUMEN FINANCIERO.

A crucial part of making Casita Linda viable is keeping our costs to a bare minimum. We seek to put the maximum amount of each donation toward the actual construction of the homes we build. We have achieved this enviable record thanks to the dedication and talents of our volunteer board members and the help of many other volunteers. Furthermore, we manage to build each durable, secure, comfortable, well-constructed home for only $12,000 – $15,000 USD. In the process, we provide good jobs to a dedicated crew of local construction workers.

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Socios de Construcción

Estas compañías apoyan nuestro trabajo con precios de descuento en los materiales de construcción.

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