Building a home, and opportunity, in Mexico

November 17, 2014 │ Atlacomulco, Mexico

Last month a group of Deutsche Bank Mexico volunteers traveled to the town of Atlacomulco with the nonprofit group Construyendo to help build a home for a family in need.

In Mexico, almost 17 million people lack appropriate housing. With the help of volunteers, Construyendo works to build new homes for families with some of the greatest needs. Professional masons steer the construction process, and guide students, employee groups and local community members on projects like assembling walls and applying plaster and cement.

To date, the organization has worked with more than 16,000 volunteers, and built around 600 homes, schools and workspaces, all with storm-resilient materials.

Working with the local community and Construyendo site mangers, the Deutsche Bank team helped finish a comfortable and safe new home for the Segundo family, giving the family greater economic stability and peace of mind. The family had been living in a 60-year-old adobe hut with a roof made of asbestos sheet and cardboard.

The volunteers were put in charge of laying cement for the new home’s ceiling and door and window casings. The work was physically demanding but incredibly rewarding. Upon completing the project, many volunteers signed up to take part in another home construction project near Valle de Bravo.

To learn more about Construyendo, please click here.

Above, volunteers wheel wet cement to the construction site. Below, video footage from the project.

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