P.O. Box 202
Friendswood, Texas 77549
Builders Without Borders of Texas, Inc., is a 501(c)3, non-profit organization that is dedicated to helping others help themselves by assisting with food, housing, education, and medical services to disadvantaged people locally and around the world.
It's not just about building buildings... it's about building lives.
Due to flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey, the Blue Monkey is currently closed. We plan to rebuild and re-open in 2018. Please watch for updates!
The Poks are an elderly couple whose home was destroyed by the flood waters of Hurricane Harvey. For months after the storm, they were living under the tarp. Due to the generosity of our donors and volunteers, we have built them a brand new "tiny house". They are SO HAPPY!
Paula is a single lady, whose home was destroyed by the flood waters of Hurricane Harvey. Since the storm, she has been living from home to home as friends were able to let her stay. We are building her a brand new "tiny house". The house has been dried in and ready to complete the interior and paint the exterior.
Soon, we will build Tiny House #3 for Meth and his blind father. They are living still living in their home that was terribly damaged by Hurricane Harvey. The conditions are very poor.
Hurricane Harvey Rebuild - Tiny Houses
In August of 2017, our area of Texas was devastated by flood waters of Hurricane Harvey. The storm dumped over 50 inches of rain in three days., killed 88 people, damaged over 20,000 homes, of which an estimated 13,000 were completely destroyed. Federal rescue forces rescued at least 10,000 people from their homes or flooded highways. Private citizens in their boats rescued an unknown number of additional victims. The storm left nearly 40,000 people living in shelters and 15,000 ended up in long-term temporary housing. In September, 8,000 families were living in hotels. In addition to homes, many small business were flooded. Our resale store, whose funding supported a significant portion of our education programming, was filled with nearly four feet of water.
With the support of many donors and volunteers, we have been able to help many families get back into their homes by cleaning out flooded homes, providing insulation, sheetrock, and flooring. In January, we began identifying people who had total home losses and are good candidates to receive "tiny homes". These are mostly elderly, ill, single or two-people families. In March, we built the first of these homes. The homes are engineered and windstorm (WPI8) certified. They are built several feet off of the ground to insure protection from future floods. The cost to build a "tiny house" is $20,000. We have identified 14 families that are a good match for a "tiny house".
Volunteers have been steadily coming to help us build. We have over 500 volunteers scheduled to join us this summer.
We will continue building as long as we have funds available, but we need your help.
We have a big need for financial support for our children's home as well as the Les Joie School in Haiti.
Think your donation won't make a difference? Meet Yonel. Pictured above on the left is how Yonel looked when we found him abandoned in the mountains of Haiti in 2013. At that time, he barely spoke, suffered from malnutrition, and had never been to school. He was six years old. Pictured on the right, is two years after Yonel came to live in our home. He his healthy, strong, intelligent and a joy to know. He finishes at the top of his class every year and is making plans for a bright future!
Thank you for helping Jasmin!
We recently put a request on Facebook asking for help to pay for four-year-old Jasmin's surgery. This little guy was in a pain and suffering. Our friends responded. Jasmin now has medication for his pain and is scheduled for surgery on April 20th!
A generator for Christmas? In Haiti, sometimes that's a thing... even for children. Last week, the generator at our children's home in Haiti broke. We had to pay an unexpected $900 to get it fixed. Electricity in Haiti is very unreliable, so a generator is a necessity. We had received $1,190 in donations toward the children's Christmas and had to use part of that to fix the generator. So we are sort of back to square one! In addition to the cost of traveling to Haiti during the Christmas season, we will be taking turkeys, hams, Christmas dinner fixings and gift bags for each child. And perhaps most important, we will be spending some quality time just loving the kids and the staff. We will be preparing an American-style spaghetti feast for all and having fun decorating Christmas cookies. Please consider helping us make it all happen with a financial gift.
Esterline in the dress we gave her for Christmas 2016