Young Chileans complete emergency housing in Paraguay, Bolivia
Locals in disadvantaged communities in neighboring South American countries now have a roof over their heads in time for winter, thanks to Chilean non-profit.
Monday, August 06, 2012
Chilean volunteers helped build houses for Guaraní families in San Pedro, Paraguay. Photo courtesy of Un Techo para Chile / Facebook.
The valuable work carried out by Chilean nonprofit Un Techo para Chile (“A Roof for Chile”) continues to spread throughout Latin America, after 1,000 young Chilean volunteers recently completing emergency winter housing for locals in San Pedro, Paraguay - a region that is home to a large population of indigenous Guaraní people and experiences high levels of poverty.
Meanwhile, a further 300 volunteers have also now returned from building emergency housing for locals in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia.
Un Techo para Chile is represented in other countries in the region as Un Techo para mi País (“A Roof for my Country”) and volunteers in Paraguay were joined by 300 local volunteers, as well as 100 others from Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil.
“Poverty recognizes no borders, and for this reason the work of Techo is present in the whole continent,” said the Chaplain of Un Techo para Chile, Cristián del Campo, before the volunteers embarked. “Our struggle requires that all young Latin Americans unite and take up the fight against extreme poverty.”
The organization has received international acclaim for its work finding housing solutions for the millions living in poverty in the region. In Chile, 3,000 volunteers are present in communities throughout the country. The community projects, funded by the Project Bank of un Techo para Chile, aim to improve quality of life for Chileans of lower socio-economic status, assisting with access to basic services and education. The institution also helps families realize their dream of owning their own home.
The nonprofit also provides valuable work and volunteering experience for young Chileans looking to raise their social awareness.
“it is important to support the thousands of young volunteers from Techo who are mobilized by the message and attitude of commitment, integration and hope,” says Luis Felipe San Martín, Director of the National Youth Institute (INJUV).
Donations to the institution can be made by credit card on its website, or by making a deposit in person in any branch of Banco de Santandar throughout Chile, to the account number 399409-0.