Healthy Homes Through Community Work

Year Execution: 
2008
Country: 
Bolivia
Organization in Charge: 
Fundación PROHABITAT + Integración para el Desarrollo INPADE
USD: 
30,000
Nº of Families helped: 
38
Zone: 
Rural
Description: 

 

Chagas illness causes life expectancy to be only 45 years in Vila Vila. This project offered to improve health conditions in homes of poor families using “Ayñi”, an ancient custom of building in community. Out of 42 "healthy homes" planned only 38 were built because of the increase of construction costs of about US$ 100 per unit. Building will be completed in January 2009. Families are contributing in various ways. They collect local materials and provide labor during the whole process. Assisted self help and empowerment are fundamental for the sustainability of this initiative. PROHABITAT is in charge of organizing the process and providing technical assistance. Beneficiaries now have a healthy environment that prevents their exposure to Chagas, and the municipality is actively involved in a strategy to address unsafe shelter with appropriate technologies and local resources. Contact: Antonia Terrazas fphcbba@supernet.com.bo