•Dirt floors harbor parasites, and replacing them with cement results in 13% less diarrhea and a 20% reduction in occurrence of anemia, – according to UC Berkeley's Center of Evaluation for Global Action. Consequently, the better nourished toddlers score 30% higher on language and communication skills and have a 9% improvement on vocabulary skills.
Beginning in 2013, GHA began offering cement floors to families who live in dirt floored homes that are otherwise stable and safe. This improvement, so basic to the welfare of the family, costs little. The family is responsible for 1/4 of the price and works along with our masons.
This provides a great volunteer opportunity for travelers who want to make a difference and have relationship with a family but have only a couple of days to spare. See our Volunteer Page for more details.