Our mission is to be a role model for people and organizations that believe cooperation between native people and international volunteers can help communities become self-sustaining.Â
Cambiando Vidas â€“ â€œChanging Livesâ€ in English â€“ was founded in 2007 to bring people from different cultures together to work on a single project. Our goal is to show volunteers â€“ from both the Dominican Republic, where we build, and the United States, where we draw most of our workers â€“ that it is possible to do the seemingly impossible: to build a house, foundation through roof through first meal cooked in the home, in a single week. The homes are the manifestation of a philosophy â€“ that cultures can not merely find common ground, but can create it through challenging, risk-taking, problem-solving work.
What We Do
Cambiando Vidas focuses sustainable community development, relying on the support and commitment of small Dominican communities and service-learning volunteers. The organization builds -- with deserving families, their community, and international build teams -- small, safe, affordable, concrete-block homes strong enough to survive hurricane-force storms. A home is built, foundation to key-giving ceremony, in less than six days, and by the end of the week, this unique mix of concrete, people, and cultures demonstrates that people are more alike than different, and that a house is much more than concrete, metal, and wood.