• Costa Rica Coffee Guide

Housewarming Celebration in Puerto Jiménez

June 4, 2010

PUERTO JIMENEZ, OsaPeninsula – Rosa Jiménez and three of her five children don’t have to cram into her uncle’s weathered two-bedroom house anymore.

They have a new home, just down the street.

“This is really great,” she said, standing in a pasture looking at the windswept wood columns on her uncle’s worn doorstep. “I’m really happy and thankful for this.”

Jiménez, 39, makes and sells coconut oil from her uncle’s porch, and says that “work is scarce and poverty is much” in the port town. Since her husband passed away six years ago, she and her children have made do with the small rooms and narrow hallways of her uncle’s modest home.

Jiménez and six of her neighbors received new quarters this weekend thanks to Feed my Sheep, a U.S. based non-profit, and the Chilean-based Un Techo Para Mi País (A roof for my country), which provided volunteer labor. A team of 30 volunteers began building the modest frame houses with tin roofs on Friday and dedicated all seven dwellings on Saturday afternoon.

Each home is about 200 square feet and costs roughly $1,700 to construct, 10 percent of which is funded by the family. Un Techo Para Mi País trains each family in basic construction methods so that they can keep the home in good condition and make improvements when necessary.

“It’s good, because the family feels like they have put something into the house too,” said Carla, 21, who has helped build seven houses in Costa Rica with Un Techo Para Mi País. “Ultimately, this is their home. We just help them get off the ground.”

Inside Jiménez’ new home, Julia, her six-year- old blonde-haired daughter, jumped up to look through the new latch window.

“Wow, this is incredible,” she said with a big smile stretching between her freckled cheeks. “Grandma, come see!”

Un Techo Para Mi País is expected to return to Puerto Jiménez to build seven more homes before the year’s end. The group is doing a study to determine which families are most in need of a new home.

Feed My Sheep, which paid for the materials for the houses built last weekend, also funds a soup kitchen that prepares lunch for nearly 200 children per day in San Miguel de Desamparados.

–Mike McDonald

You may be interested

Former Latin American leaders condemn ‘breakdown in the rule of law’ in El Salvador
El Salvador
6 views
El Salvador
6 views

Former Latin American leaders condemn ‘breakdown in the rule of law’ in El Salvador

The Tico Times - May 6, 2021

Some 20 former presidents of Spain and Latin America, including Felipe Calderón and Vicente Fox from Mexico, and Álvaro Uribe…

Quepos airport renovations (finally) underway
Costa Rica
8 views
Costa Rica
8 views

Quepos airport renovations (finally) underway

Alejandro Zúñiga - May 6, 2021

Renovation and expansion of the runway at La Managua Airport in Quepos began Wednesday and will completed before September. "The…

PAHO says region’s hospitals are ‘dangerously full’
Latin America
9 views
Latin America
9 views

PAHO says region’s hospitals are ‘dangerously full’

Ariela NAVARRO / AFP - May 6, 2021

PAHO, the Americas office of the World Health Organization (WHO), warned on Wednesday that hospitals in the region are "dangerously…