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The Wonderful Story of Felix | The WholeStory Blog

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We'd love for you hear of our personal experience with Felix. He was the first person we had the pleasure of building a home for and our experience helping him has motivated us to replicate this story over and over again. 
Meet the man himself, Felix.
Felix and his wife lived in El Sauce, Nicaragua. El Sauce is located in rural Nicaragua where 46% of the population lives on less than $2.00 a day. Poverty is a crippling problem here and most people spend their day finding meals for their family. 
Felix, his wife Margarita and their infant daughter Seyling lived in a home made of sticks and plastic wrap. With a harsh rainy season, water constantly leaked into their home and winds easily took out entire walls. Felix spent the majority of his day fixing his own home, and as an unemployed construction worker actual paying construction jobs were scarce. Felix explained the process of maintaining their home as "something that needs to be done everyday in order to keep your family safe."
Felix's home in El Sauce.
With Maragarita spending her day taking care of Seyling and Felix constantly doing home repairs, they didn't have much time to advance economically. They seemed to be stuck in a cycle. 
When our nonprofit partner the 4Walls Project told us about Felix's family three years ago, our mission began. We would sell 100 hammocks in order to fund a new home for Felix and his family. As we sold hammock after hammock we realized something; this was much more than giving a person a meal or a pair of shoes, this was giving them a new beginning, something that lasted a lifetime. 
The day we finally sold the 100th hammock, we wrote our check and sent it to the 4Walls Project. This check would fund a new brick and steel home to be built for Felix, Margarita and Seyling. 
This May we had the opportunity to travel to Nicaragua and meet Felix in person. We would see first hand the impact we had created, and what we experienced blew us away. After trekking over dusty roads being followed by a group of timid, but curious Nicaraguan children we met Felix in the center of his village. When he saw us, he dropped his bike and gave each of us a giant hug. A huge smile covered half of his face.
"You are the ones that built my home! The hammock guys, you helped build my home!" 
Felix, Maragarita, Colin and Shane in front of Felix's new home
The appreciation we felt was extraordinary. As we walked to Felix's home he told us how his life had changed after his new house was built. He was now employed by the 4Walls Project as a head mason and led other home builds around his neighborhood. Without the constant home maintenance, Felix now had the time to take English classes at a local school with the goal of becoming an English teacher. After going to class with him, we observed Felix speaking fluent English and even teaching some of his classmates.  
Back at home Margarita was cooking dinner with 3 year old Seyling running around and playing with their baby kittens. Seyling was now attending pre-school and every night, Felix was teaching her a bit of English. Providing this home for Felix's family was much more than a short-term aid. It impacted his family's entire future. It helped remove them from the cycle of poverty. 

​Felix told us his favorite part was that he now can help advance his entire community. He can give English lessons, build homes and actually see his community getting stronger. Most importantly though, Seyling now has a safe place to grow up and learn. 
Felix holding his 3 year old daughter Seyling
3 years ago Felix barely had a home of his own. Today Felix is building homes, building a community. 
The impact a new home has for a family in need is incredible. It gives a family a new start and enhances their future. By building this home, Felix could work to provide meals and education to his family instead of constantly worrying about their shelter. Empowering just one person empowers an entire community. 
Join us in duplicating these success stories throughout the world. We can't do this alone. Thank you for taking the time to read through this. We hope it has made you aware of an issue people in this world face, and has motivated you to change it. 

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