On Saturday August 14 we had a party to celebrate a visit from Edwin Novoa, Director of our long time partner organization, the Institute of John XXIII in Managua, Nicaragua. It was great to see some familiar faces and meet new Quixoteites who share a belief in impossible dreams.
In addition to good food and good people, it was also an opportunity to learn more about the 'Homes of Hope' the Quixote Center donors have supported in Nicaragua for over a decade.
Quixote Center donors support the Institute's efforts to alleviate the severe housing shortage in Nicaragua. Those efforts, which began as emergency home-building in the wake of Hurricane Mitch, have evolved into the Affordable Housing Alliance. The program is both simple and comprehensive:
- Quixote Center donors fund the construction of sound and dignified homes for the 'working poor' in Nicaragua each year.
- Beneficiary families help with construction and make affordable repayments for the cost of materials over eight to ten years
- These repayments go directly into a revolving fund which is used to supplement donor dollars in future years
- In the coming years the revolving fund will become sufficient to finance all new construction