Catarina and Nicolas are a couple from San Pablo, la Laguna who have been married for ten years. They have two kids, Paulina and Pablo. Nicolas works as an agricultural worker in the nearby fields and is paid a day rate when there is work to be found. When we met them, the family was living in a small room with a leaking roof. During rainy season, the kids told us they would have to bail buckets of water from the house to keep it dry. Nicolas' asthma would flare up, exacerbated by the damp, cold air in the house. Sometimes his asthma attacks would become so bad he couldn’t work, and was unable to provide for his family. When we learned about the family's situation, we decided to improve their home by building another room for them and fixing the one they already had.
Last November a team from Living Water United Methodist Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa started to work on the home. In January, a team from Wamego United Methodist Church in Wamego, Kansas finished it.
The family is so happy to be in their new home. The kids told us, "It can rain as hard as it wants, we are not worried about it anymore!"
A huge thank you to our friends at Living Water UMC and Wamego UMC for helping to improve the lives of Nicolas, Catarina, Pablo and Paulina!