Meet the Masters.

Our master carpenters are highly trained in specifically building Casas de Luz homes. They will be on all builds to guide the team and teach basic building skills. We typically have one master carpenter who is in charge of the walls and another who is in charge of the roof. Sometimes we bring extra carpenters because we are training them to be masters!

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Head Master Carpenter

Darío Cano

Studying Civil Engineering, Instituto Tecnológico de Tijuana

Field Engineer, Promotores de Juventud con una Misión

Age: 23

Darío started building with CDL when he was just 12 years old. He has a passion for building houses because they have the capacity to change the lives of families in ways we will never realize. He has seen those changes in his family and wants every family to have that opportunity.

Favorite food: Mole, carne asada, candy cane Joe-Joe’s

Favorite free time activities: Darío loves to play guitar, listen to music, drink coffee and go to new coffee shops, build things, and go to the beach.



Master Carpenter

Oscar Ayala

Age: 25

Oscar has been building with CDL since he was 15 years old. He loves what he does because he wants to help transform his country and help his people. You’ll typically see Oscar on the roof and making lots of jokes!

Favorite food: tacos, chips with hot sauce, hot wings, Trader Joe’s cranberry orange scones

What he does in his free time: Oscar loves playing with his daughter Isabella, play guitar, watch funny videos and fix cars.



Master Carpenter

Kirsten Chaplin

Studying Human Developmental Sciences, UC San Diego

Age: 20

Kirsten became a master carpenter in 2018 after building for about 5 years. She likes to build the roof because it keeps families warm and dry. Kirsten’s favorite part of the build is after the closing ceremony where she can spend time with the family and show them their new home.

Favorite food: Adobada tacos, wood-fired pizza, peppermint ice cream

Favorite free time activities: Study in coffee shops, listen to music, take care of her plants, bake, and go to the beach.



Master Carpenter

Ruben Dario Cruz

Better known as Flaco, Ruben loves watching a team come together to build a house for a family that they don’t even know. It makes him happy to see how everyone connects and fills the home with love. Ruben always has a smile on his face and is sure to put one on yours!

Favorite food: Chocolate, hamburgers, tacos

Favorite free time activities: Ruben likes to watch TV (especially anime), play video games, play guitar, and repair electronics or just take them apart to see how they work!