In 2001, the nation of El Salvador was hit by a massive 7.7 earthquake followed by over 2500 aftershocks and another large earthquake exactly one month later. Nationwide damage included at least 1,159 deaths and over 108,200 homes completely destroyed. Landslides caused extreme damage to infrastructure, including roads and water systems.
In August 2008, Homes from the Heart began a covenant partnership with the Fuller Center for Housing in order to strengthen the ability of both organizations to reach mutual goals related to the elimination of poverty housing in the world.
The Fuller Center continues to foster and create structural, personal, and financial support from the United States and the world while Homes from the Heart brought years of local experience in housing and community building in Central America. Above all else, a continued, healthy relationship with the Fuller Center and other partners will ensure that the nation of El Salvador and the Central American region continues to see lives changed and communities built in the name of Christ.
Experience in El Salvador
After the 2001 earthquakes in El Salvador, many families were living in temporary camps set up by the Salvadoran army. Homes from the Heart was founded by a group of Kansas City businessmen in response to the difficult living situations.
Michael Bonderer was asked to step in as the on ground coordinator and he and his wife Zuze have been working with the organization for over eight years. Homes from the Heart specializes in learning as we go, being flexible, responding to needs, and sticking around for the long haul. We have now built over 350 houses all around El Salvador and the only thing to do now is pick up speed. Beyond housing, we believe it is extremely important to build communities by improving infrastructure, creating job opportunities, and building schools, community centers, or playgrounds.
Homes from the Heart is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in the United States, a legal NGO in El Salvador, and a covenant partner with the Fuller Center for Housing. The Fuller Center for Housing is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in the United States. Contributions of all kinds are appreciated and always tax-deductible.