Tanya Montenegro Husband, Drew Estate Foundation

Tania Montenegro and her husband, Yunerling Canales, have faced numerous challenges in their lives, but their resilience and determination have paved the way for a better future for their family. Living in Oscar Gámez, the couple has worked tirelessly to provide a stable home for their three sons: Abel, Moises, and Elias. Their story is one of perseverance, community support, and the transformative power of a secure home.

Humble Beginnings

Tania and Yunerling have lived in Oscar Gámez since birth. When they married twelve years ago, they bought a small piece of land in their neighborhood and moved into a modest home. Yunerling works as a security guard, while Tania is a dedicated housewife, managing the household and caring for their children. Despite their efforts, their home was in a dire state.

“Our house was falling down when the girl from TECHO came to see us,” Tania recalls. “It was made of rotten wood, and during the rainy season, we walked in the mud.” Their children, Moises and Abel, befriended volunteers from TECHO, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving living conditions for families in need. Through their connection, TECHO learned about the Montenegro family’s situation and decided to help.

A Ray of Hope

In March 2013, TECHO returned with good news: they would build a new house for the Montenegro family. The announcement brought immense joy and relief. Tania and Yunerling were prepared to contribute to the project financially, understanding that this investment was a step toward a brighter future.

Michelle, a TECHO volunteer, explained the construction process and the amount needed. “My husband said there was no problem; he was going to save the money,” Tania says. The family began saving diligently, and within a month, they had the required funds.

Community Support

On the day of construction, the community came together to support the Montenegro family. Neighbors helped transport materials, and Tania prepared lunch for the volunteers. Yunerling and other residents participated in the building process, creating a sense of unity and shared purpose.

“It was very nice to see neighbors helping each other,” Tania reflects. “The kids were thrilled to see the volunteers building their home.” The collective effort highlighted the strength of their community and the power of working together toward common goals.

Transformative Impact

The new home brought significant positive changes for the Montenegro family. The secure and spacious environment allowed the children to spend more time at home, improving their academic performance and overall well-being. “They get good grades now, thanks to God,” Tania proudly notes. The new house provided a safe and comfortable space for the family, reducing Tania’s constant worry about her children’s safety.

“You can’t imagine how thankful we feel to finally have a secure and decent place to live,” Tania expresses. The transformation from a dilapidated structure to a stable home with fixed walls, no leaks, and a proper floor was profound. The family even built an extra room for the kitchen and a fully covered shower, further enhancing their living conditions.

Empowering Families

TECHO’s model empowers families by involving them in the process and requiring a small financial contribution (families pay 7% of the total cost of the house). This approach encourages families to set goals and work towards achieving them, fostering a sense of ownership and accomplishment.

Through regular visits before construction, TECHO volunteers like Michelle provided guidance and support, helping families like the Montenegros develop a vision for their future. This empowerment goes beyond providing housing; it instills hope and a proactive attitude towards improving their circumstances.

Building a Better Future

The work of TECHO in Oscar Gámez demonstrates the profound impact that stable housing can have on a family’s life. By addressing basic needs, TECHO enables families to focus on other important aspects of their lives, such as education, employment, and community engagement. The Montenegro family’s story is a testament to the difference that safe, secure housing can make.

For Tania, Yearling, and their children, the new home represents more than just a physical structure; it symbolizes a new beginning filled with hope and potential. As Tania reflects on their journey, she acknowledges the importance of community support and the opportunities that come with a stable home. “Small steps in the right direction can lead you to accomplish goals in life,” she says, grateful for the chance to provide a better future for her family.

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