BUILD DATES: DECEMBER 26-27, 2017
FATHER - JAIME
- Age: 24
- Profession: FIELD WORKER
- Weekly Salary: $72 USD APPROX.
MOTHER - CATALINA
- Age: 28
- Profession: N/A
- Weekly Salary: N/A
- JEYDY: 9 YEARS OLD, 4TH GRADE (GIRL)
- CRISTIAN: 5 YEARS OLD, 1ST GRADE (BOY)
- LUZ: 2 YEARS OLD (GIRL)
- BABY EXPECTED IN FEBRUARY 2018
COLONIA - Cañon Buena Vista
TIME WITH PROPERTY - OWNED SINCE 2014
ELECTRICITY - YES
RUNNING WATER - NO
STRUCTURE - ROOM WITH WOOD WALLS, DIRT FLOOR, AND A TARP FOR A ROOF
Jaime is 24 years old, he works in the fields and is from Oaxaca. Catalina is 28 years old and is also from Oaxaca. They have 3 children: Jeydy who is 9 years old and is in 4th grade, Cristian who is 5 years old and is in 1st grade, and Luz who is 2 years old. The family is also expecting a new baby in February 2018.
Catalina has had a hard life, she moved to Ensenada in 2001 with all her family from Oaxaca. She didn’t study because she has been working since she was 11 in the fields with her dad and brothers. She left her home when she was 18 years old and moved to San Quintin to pick up strawberries. With the money she earned she supported her mom. It was at this time that she had her first daughter but he abandoned her sometime later. After that, she met the father of her second kid, but he also abandoned her for another woman. Through all this time she kept supporting her mom. Catalina moved to La Paz looking for work and took her daughters with her. It was there that she met Jaime and they started to date. Catalina told Jaime about her children and about the problems she had had with their fathers and Jaime decided to take care of the children as if they were his.
Jaime's parents were living in Ensenada and the family decided to move with them for a time. There were three different families living in the same house, so as soon as they could make some money, Catalina and Jaime decided to move out and rent an apartment. In 2014 they bought a piece of land. They built a room with wood walls and a tarp for a roof. It’s not a safe place and they struggle with the weather, but it’s theirs and they are thankful for having their own place.
The desire of their hearts is to build a home in Ensenada; they don’t want to keep moving from place to place. They want a house where they can live, and raise their children in a place that feels like home.