Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Land opportunity for some of our families!

We have recently been offered a very special opportunity for a select few of our families. There is a church in Agua Escondida that owns land and is offering to sell it to some our families at a very reduced price. The church is selling several plots of land and has even offered to pay for the deed to the land so that no one can ever take the land away from the family. The church has stated interest in also trying to build a wooden home on each plot of land, but this is not guaranteed.

Impoverished families here are paralyzed by monthly rent and the fear of being kicked out of their rental with no place to live. It is extremely difficult, if not impossible, for families with limited means to ever be land owners. Land ownership in Guatemala is more than just a place for a house, it provides the family the means for growing their own food, raising animals, and a place for their children to one day build their own home and raise their own families. For most of our families that we work with, this is a dream that will probably never come true. We are very excited at the possibility of giving some of our families this huge gift that will help promote their family stability no matter what financial troubles they may face.
Families that don't own land or a home are sometime forced to live in tent-like dwellings as pictured above
There are two types of land plots available. One is $1,120 and is located near the bottom of a hill, farther from the highway. The other plot is $1,920, which is closer to the highway. These prices include all costs for a plot of land and the title in the family's name to prove ownership. We understand that this is a large sum of money, but it will give security, stability, and be an economic investment for each family that they could never afford on their own.

Since the church is offering this purchase at such a reduced rate, this is a time sensitive matter and the church needs to know immediately if we are interested in purchasing. We are not necessarily in need of the full amount right away. Rather, we are looking for pledges confirming that this amount will be payed in a timely fashion. If you are able, you could pay off the total amount by donating $93 or $160 a month for the next 12 months.

If you would like to make a one-time donation to give a family in need a new plot of land, please go to Donate Now and scroll down. Enter your donation in the "Other $" box. In the "Details" box, write "Land". Or you can donate monthly to pay off the price little by litte. Go to Donate Monthly and enter your donation in the "Other Program" box. Under "Description" write "Land" and specify how much you'd like to donate per month.

Thank you so much! This is not a common request that we, at Mayan Families, make but we couldn't pass up the opportunity to give a family their own land. If you have any questions or concerns, we would be happy to discuss the matter with you. Once again, thank you so much!

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