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Building Communities, Building Hope

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Find out how Cambiando Vidas first started.

 

It all started with an act of kindness  – a big act of kindness. In 1997, Jose “Pepo” Abreu’s mother’s home was burned to the ground in an unfortunate accident. At the time, Abreu was overseas and could not make it back home to help his family rebuild. In his absence, his neighbors and community joined together and rebuilt his mother’s home in less than a month. When Abreu returned to the Dominican Republic, he was so touched he had to find a way to pay forward the good deed on behalf of his family.

The idea for Cambiando Vidas was born.

“Cambiando Vidas” is Spanish for “changing lives,” and that’s exactly what this organization does. Since its inception, Cambiando Vidas has helped over 50 families call a brand new house “home.” The organization helps deserving families in impoverished areas. The families are selected on specific criteria including community recommendations, income, and ownership of land.

Cambiando Vidas is all about sustainable community development. It relies on the support and commitment of the community and service-learning volunteers. The organization builds small, safe, affordable, concrete-block homes that are strong enough to survive hurricane-force storms.  In addition to providing capital and labor, international volunteer teams work hand in hand with the recipient families and community volunteers who provide much of the “sweat equity.”  By the end of the week-long build, this unique mix of concrete, people, and cultures reveals that people are more alike than different, and that a house is much more than a collection of concrete, metal, and wood.

Find out what you can do to be a part of the Cambiando Vidas family. 

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Take a look into the lives of our community members and volunteers.

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The inside scoop from volunteers and employees.

Stay up to date with updates from the Cambiando Vidas family.

January 25, 2014

The Faces Behind Cambiando Vidas

Jose Abreu – Director José Manuel Abreu was born in San Juan de la Maguana, Dominican Republic. He studied...

January 25, 2014

New Year, New Home

For many people, the start of a new year means making resolutions or setting new goals.  For Joel...

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Keeping the Community Fed: The women of Lavapie

When we arrived at the build site each day, we weren’t exactly sure what we would be working...

January 25, 2014

Building a house without power tools

For most of us, starting a house project means spending hours at the hardware store and purchasing tools...

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Getting to Know the Community

A community is only as good as the people in it, and this week the residents of Lavapie...

January 20, 2014

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The iMedia class of 2014 at Elon University was part of an extremely special project with Cambiando Vidas...

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