Homes for Nicaragua

Hello there, and thank you for your interest in my latest endeavour! This coming January, my lovely lady Summer and I will be working together with Changing Stories and La Esparanza Granada to build houses for those in need. This year, we have selected 2 remarkable families, and I will provide details and pictures of their current living situations below.

As you can imagine, along with time away from our jobs and some hard work to be done, there are also some considerable costs to building these homes. Fundraising is done to provide 100% of the funding for these projects-which is what brings us here to this page. I am asking those who can help to donate to help offset the costs accrued for this project. The money will pay for costs such as building materials, hiring of local workers (as well as provide meals for them on their work days), as well as lunches and accommodation close to the job site for us and the other members of changing stories. Any little amount you could offer is a great help, and we will be sure to provide photos and footage of the build.

Now a little bit about the 2 families we are building homes for:

Juan Carlos and Karen put together an introduction to the Martinez family which is made up of María del Carmen Martínez and José Eugenio Martínez. They are poor, but that has not prevented them from moving forward, Doña María washes clothes for her neighbours so she can bring food to her home. Jose's father abandoned them when he realized that Maria was pregnant, and Maria decided not to reunite with any man and set out to raise José on her own.

José is a child who has learning problems. He is 12 years old and due to his problem he has not been able to make good progress in school. He is currently in third grade, which for a child his age would be in sixth grade.

La Esperanza Granada, in collaboration with AMPED, decided to open a learning center in Pantanal, where the Martínez family resides, since the center was opened José was one of the first people to attend, from the beginning the educators could notice that José had learning problems. They began to pay more attention to José and set out to help him improve.

José tells us “I like to come to the learning center because they teach me to read and also in mathematics they help me to add, subtract and multiply. I also like to attend art and computer classes,” Doña María feels happy because the teachers of the school that José attends have told her that they have seen a great change in José, that the topics for him are made easier.

Doña María expresses “that she is very grateful to the educators of the AMPED center for the great work they have done with her son, since she is a person who could not finish her primary studies, so it was difficult for her to help José do his homework".

The Martínez family was one of those selected to participate in the raffle of the program of construction or repair of houses, since José is an exemplary boy, has good behavior and attends the learning center daily. We proceeded to carry out the raffle and they were the winners of a new house construction. Our staff visited their house and we could see that they live in extreme poverty, we gave them the great news, for them it was a great blessing because now they will be able to rest better without having to worry about the rain.

They thank La Esperanza Granada and Changing Stories for this great gift.

And the second one:

The Putoy Aguirre family is made up of 6 people, the mother Gloria Aguirre Latino, the father José Martin Putoy and his children José Omar Putoy Aguirre of 6 years, Juana Elizabeth putoy Aguirre of 12 years, Ana Candelaria Putoy of 10 years and Erling José Putoy Aguirre of 2 years. They are a very large family and the conditions in which they live are not suitable for such a large family.

Because Gloria and José did not finish studying, it is difficult for them to find a job and they told us that because of the problem the country is facing the situation has become more difficult. But like many Nicaraguan wrestling families they decided to start their own tortilla business and their older children help them.

José Omar was selected to participate in the housing construction project as he is a child who is always present in the learning center, willing to learn, is a very intelligent child, currently attending first grade. His sisters go to school in the afternoon.

It is importanat to their parents that they study as they want a better future for them. José tells us that “he feels very happy every time he is in the center, because he can learn a lot and because the teachers are so friendly, he likes the classes with the Tablets a lot because he learns Spanish and Mathematics in a more fun way with games.

The Putoy Aguirre family was selected for the construction of their home and the parents expressed “we feel very happy and we thank Changing Stories and La Esperanza Granada for such kindness, since they will finally have a little more space and nicer house where their children can feel more comfortable.

Photos of both current houses. We can discuss any questions at our meeting on Friday!

Thank you all for being a part of this.


Thank you in advance for your generosity. It's amazing what we can do for people when we work together, and all of you are the reason why families such as these can flourish.


Cory & Summer



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