El Sauce has had a relationship with Rochester New York for many years. In 1988 Dr. Arnie Matlin, a pediatrician from the Rochester area, started a scholarship program and a home for high-risk pregnancies in El Sauce. Other programs, including the 4Walls Project, followed.
The 4Walls Project / Proyecto 4Paredes builds houses for people who don’t have them. It began in 2007 with the little idea that maybe people from the United States would give a few dollars to help build brick houses for people who were living in plastic or cardboard ones.
That was 2007. This month people from two countries — more than 400 of them — gathered in El Sauce to celebrate the construction of the 100th 4Walls house. The 4Walls Project is run by a small group in Rochester and a committee in El Sauce. The committee accepts applications from families who lack decent housing and makes decisions based on the biggest needs. Local masons build the houses and supervise volunteer helpers from both El Sauce and the United States.
For more information, see the 4Walls website: www.4wallsproject.org.