Each of these 400 square foot homes comes with a latrine, clean water, furniture and tools. The demographics indicate the average family size is about 6.5 people for Nicaragua and 7.0 people for Haiti. Doing the math, these 1118 units now shelter 7326 of this world's most deprived people, the majority children.
Projects contain the specific objectives that we focus on achieving (i.e. Goals) in this ministry. More specifically, FCC projects are centered almost exclusively on improving the living conditions of the poor in Nicaragua and Haiti. As an example, Project I was Father Pfeffer’s Community in Nicaragua. As you can imagine there is a lot of work needed to propose, qualify a site & ensure feasibility of the plans prior to committing resources. Fortunately our partner, Food for the Poor, has a time tested process for vetting proposed projects and selecting those that are doable and prioritized for the neediest.
Since the beginning of Father Chuck’s Challenge in 2007, we have completed the building of 1118 homes, established 18 new communities in Nicaragua and three new communities in Haiti. The following tables provide a scope of the work accomplished:
In understanding the basic needs of the poor it becomes quite evident that a more holistic view should be considered in the process of allocating resources. Social, Educational, Self-reliance and Spiritual aspects of giving are part of FCC's ministry as well. The tables above reflect the many community centers, medical clinics and school houses that have been included in our community projects. To promote improved family self-sufficiency, FCC has included livestock and fruit trees, fishing boats and deep sea fishing equipment, in their projects. Lastly, but by no means least, we have made donations for the support of the local Catholic missions in both countries that we serve. FCC inception-to-date donations, beyond the aforementioned community buildings and there furnishings, are enumerated in the following table: