Noe and Fatima Medina, along with thousands of other families, lost their home after Hurricane Mitch devastated much of Central America in November 1998.
In April of 2001, the government provided land for many of the refugee families. They built a small house from zinc sheets and old wood that they were able to salvage from the hurricane debris and the nearby garbage dump.
The condition of their house caused a great deal of anxiety and sadness for Fatima. She knew that each rainy season the house would be flooded with water. The metal roof and walls were rusty and full of holes. At times, high winds would strip off parts of the walls and roof.
Fatima and her family had been praying for many years that God would do the seemingly impossible; provide them the opportunity to earn a new home.
Fatima has spent over a decade serving her community as a volunteer helping to prevent malaria.
She has been trained by the local hospital to identify early signs of malaria. People from all over come to her so she can examine them and decide if they need to go to a hospital. She also walks from house to house in her community teaching malaria prevention.
Her humble home has become a known safe haven for victims of physical abuse, orphans, and others in distress.