Building Hope, One House at a Time

The Brattleboro Rotary Club is raising money to build adobe brickhomes for families who are among the poorest of the poor in San Miguel de Allende and the surrounding areas in the state of Guanajuato, Mexico.

On Sunday, November 7, 2010, the Brattleboro Rotary Club will be sponsoring the second annual "International Film & Food Festival," with proceeds benefiting Casita Linda (which means "pretty little house"), a Mexican non-profit organization that builds adobe brick homes for families.

Casita Linda has provided over 60 homes for poor but hard-working and intact families outside of San Miguel, and continues building them at the rate of at least 8 per year. They have worked with the Rhode Island School of Design to develop innovative, inexpensive building techniques which are scalable and transferable to other locations.

Additionally, the Club is working with the Windham Regional Career Center to send 15 or 20 students from the construction trades and international business programs to help with the project and experience a foreign culture.

Making their New England premiere, six short Mexican films followed by the feature film Espiral, will be shown at the Latchis Theatre from 4PM to 6:30PM. Then, a tasting of Mexican cuisine will be served at the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center from 6:30 to 8:30PM.

Tickets, which cost $25 each, can be purchased at Vermont Artisan Designs & Gallery 2 (106 Main Street, Brattleboro) and at the Brattleboro Country Club (Upper Dummerston Road, Brattleboro). Tickets to the films only cost $10 each.

Tickets can also be reserved and paid for at the door. To reserve tickets, please email Rotarian Marty Cohn at

To download a festival information sheet, please click here.

Rotary International is a 105-year old organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide to provide humanitarian service and help build goodwill and peace in the world. There are approximately 1.2 million Rotarians who are members of some 31,000 Rotary clubs in more than 165 countries. For more information visit

The Brattleboro Rotary Club, founded in 1950, is an active community service club of 90 members who engage in community and human service projects locally and internationally.