Homes of Hope - Ica, Perú

Construction Projects with JUCUM Ica / La Mision

We initiated this Peru mission project primariy focused on evangelism, which comes in all forms.  After all, what we accomplish here in this physical world accounts for nothing if we don't take care of our final destination.   Much of evangelism is purely spiritual, leading others to know the Lord, and that is where we spend most of our time, in prayer, worship, teaching, and interacting with those living in the surrounding community.  A lot of it starts with the youngest members of the families, we have a bigger job with the teenagers, and still harder to reach the adults.  In all of this is the awareness of hope, lack of it, faith, need for it.  Much of where these people fail and give up is the hopelessness of their lives.  They work very hard and have little to show for it.  Then nature comes and hits them hard.  An 8.0 earthquake of 2007 for instance;  and even more recent, 2017, 200 Jobs and dozens of homes werre washed away in local floods. 

before and after kitchenConstruction has been slow in recovery since the earthquake in this community, mainly because income is low (farm workers), the weather is pleasant, rain almost doesn't exist, and earthquake damaged walls can 'temporarily' be substituted with a sheet of plastic or cardboard.  As years go by though, many of these homes still look like the earthquake was just yesterday.  It is our intent to address this need and provide some sort of construction assistance, bringing workers, funds, to help push this need over the top.  Our role is to be a base for the workers, to prioritize the home projects being selected, the schedule, help with material and expertise acquisition, and initiation of the projects.   That is our desire.  So far, as of 2019, other than one major project and a few minor, we are just getting started.   Here's some idea of what we have done, are doing and would like to do. [ I will attempt to maintain a log here of past, current and proposed projects an put financial figures in local currency of soles (S/.) rather than dollars ($).   Exchange rate is about 3.25 soles to the dollar. ]

Marias casaMarias Casa - In 2016 we took on our first construction project for the people we serve in the community.  It was a 2 room existing house that had no inside kitchen or bathroom. 

The kitchen (and a 2nd bedroom) was made of straw (see picture) and was falling apart, people were stealing their kitchen appliances and cooking items.  They used a hole in the backyard with a garden hose and a drape for a bathroom which lead to the youngest child being molested. 

Wanting to help, we initially had to negotiate with the civil authorites to get a sewer hookup and that took 6 months.  Once that was out of the way we paid for the project with an internet fund raising.  Owner also came up with 10% of the labor cost.  Total cost of project was about S/.2000 materials, S/.3000 labor.   Here is a video of the project showing before and after. 

Lizbet's home - mud wallfinished wall at Lizbeth's homeLizbet's casa - A 2016 small project, an early helper at the mission, Lizbet, came to us and asked for help with a wall that was collapsing in their home.  Her father would be able to do the labor but needed help getting the necessary wood to replace the failing mud wall that was collapsing into the farm field next door.  This was an easy fix purchasing S/. 325 of plywood.  He even came to the mission to pick it up.   Ocasionally this is all that is needed, some help with building materials, wood, brick, cement, etc. 

Altura kitchen project - John Altura kitchen project - other end2018-2019 Project - "Nellies Kitchen - Altura"
This project has been on the table for a bit and is for a widow who has her son, daughter and grand children living next door.  The home has a working living room and 2 bedrooms but no bath and the large kitchen which is functional is basically outdoors, having no ceiling one 2 of it's needed 4 walls and a dirt floor.  Also, no water tank so she only has running water for an hour a day.   

Plan is to add the additional support walls needed, look at plumbing and electrical needs, complete with a new light weight bamboo and straw roof (concrete not needed since there are no plans for a second floor), then pour floor. 

Latest finances on this project (as of Feb 4) - 

  • Initial labor (3200 soles, approximately $1,000), for the rough construction only ( demolition of adove walls, digging the footings about 3ft deep (earthquake requirements, pouring concrete footing about 3 ft deep, concrete columns, lay brick wall, rough pluming and electrical.
  • Materials for above (approx 3000 soles, another $1000) for  1000 brick, 50 bags of cement , 3 cubit meters of rough sand, 3 cubic meters of gravel, 4 cubic meters of big stones, 17 steel rebars for columns and beam for footing (+ nails, wire, etc)
  • Finish Work  (another $1000 approximately) these figures does not include the finish work, (labor & material) like a simple kitchen tile counter top with a SS sink, fixtures for the bathroom, like toilet, pedestal sink , tile for the shower, walls, floor, plumbing fixtures like shower head/handler, sink faucet for the bathroom pedestal, faucet for the kitchen sink, 3 electrical light fixture, elect switches, plugs, elect panel, and water tank and accessories.
  • Free Services - Not included in the above, The ministry or ourselves as designer,construction management/supervisor, engineer does not charge any thing for our professional time and knowledge. we get paid by God , 100 fold. 
  • it will be close to $3000. total not including paint or other finish like stucco,/plaster, (taregeo in Spanish) that may end up not being done.... or done by the widower later on.

Estimated project material /labor cost S/.9000, $3000.   We just delivered most of the materials for this project January 2019, project is anticipated to take a few weeks into February to complete. 

To be done

front of Mama Kellys home"Mama Kelly's home" - We have a home that is overcrowded in people and totally in disarray on the inside.  The property is secured and has a sewer hookup but needs a toilet, some bathroom walls, some bedroom walls, exterior walls and ceiling.  It is sandwiched between two other homes and any part of the construction, that would make perhaps another bedroom or better cleaner living space would be very beneficial to the family.   Carlos in back of his home

Kelly and her husband live here, with two of her children of a prior marriage (Kelly Jr?, Luis) and two from this marriage (Carlos and Fabio) and a nephew who spends a great amount of time at the mission helping out (Jean).   The younger Kelly has recently moved out and is in a common law relationship about 7 kilometers south.  This relieves the crowding a bit but still the house is in great need of help.  We have had some discussion with Mama Kelly about 'pitching in', but the estimated cost for this project, material and labor, would be similar or a bit more than the S/.5000 of the other projects we discussed above.   


Maribels front doorMaribels kids bedroomMaribel's casa - fresh pictures just maribels living roomtaken of a very long term attending person at the mission, and her family.  this home houses 6 people and I don't know where they all sleep..  Maribel and her husband, daughter Yubire (home from prep school, we are so proud of her) age 15+, son Farve age 12-13, daughters Jade & Ruby.   The layout of the home is a small front room, a kitchen/bath combination and 3 bedrooms, 2 of which are really small. 

All dirt floor and plastic ceiling. 

Maribels kitchenMaribel's roofIn a perfect world, we would look to put a solid concrete ceiling so that a 2nd floor could be planned.  That would take some space away from downstairs though for the stairs, but would give them double the living space they now have.  It is just so cramped.

 This may be a two part project.  In either case we need to assess the columns and rebars in place for columns to know if it can support a 2nd floor.  More importantly is the missing one and half walls of no support that would need to be added regardless if one or two floors. 

Also a concrete floor is needed, along with the missing walls. 

Project cost not yet known, but assumedly approximately S/.6,000. 

Other projects still being identified and assessed:  

Many other homes fall in lower costs than the above.   People put up a home on invaded property that is unoccupied on the fringe of surrounding farmland where they work.  As long as they occupy it, it pretty much stays theirs.  Politicians make promises for votes every two years and they get water added, electricity, sewer, eventually a deed.  So many of these properties are at first just straw and mud walls.  We try not to offer assistance till at least they have sewer and water, but there are plenty that do.     Many other properties just have a lot of leaks, mosquito problems, bad earthquake damaged construction that needs repair work.   Many with expanding families slowly grow their home usually upward.   Our plan is to make a pretty clear inventory of these projects based on need and cost. 

mosquito netsEstrella straw homeSan Pedro4 boys live in this home with parents