Improvement of 90 Houses in a Slum Area

Year Execution: 
2008
Country: 
Colombia
Organization in Charge: 
Corporación Diocesana
USD: 
59,900
Nº of Families helped: 
90
Zone: 
Rural
Description: 

 Corporación Diocesana involved the municipality to provide sanitation, safe water and electricity in collaboration with the community. 90 houses were improved by self help techniques; each house has a family room and one bedroom. The project started in January with activities to train and organize five working teams. Many problems arose during the implementation such as heavy rain and landslides, but the building process was not delayed because of very efficient organization. The technical staff designed a training strategy based on a pilot experience. A house was built by all participants under the supervision of CD. This educational experience made possible for each group to acquire basic knowledge and practical skills to build their 18 houses independently under technical supervision. Most improvements were completed in August Educational workshops were also implemented to reinforce positive community attitudes such as solidarity and discipline. Contact: Mons. Jairo Uribe corpdiocesana@uniweb.net.co