On June 19, 2010, HFHA celebrated another victory in the fight against inadequate housing! A dedication ceremony was held to honor the completion of the home of family Roque and Olgita Lovera-Romero. Roque, a security guard, and Olgita, a housewife, successfully participated in HFHA’s Constructing Homes Program, currently conducted in Lujan, Buenos Aires Province. The couple can now enjoy their own home with their four children; twins Sergio and Sebastian, ages 8; Alexis, age 3; and Priscilla, age 1.
The family, ever the excellent hosts, served the community members, relatives and friends in attendance mate tea and tasty treats as they led a grand tour of their 3-bedroom home. Overwhelmed with emotion, the Lovera-Romero family offered their sincere thanks, noting that the assistance of volunteer brigades from Novartis, Price Waterhouse Coopers, the local community, and a Global Village brigade from Canada made possible their dream of attaining decent home. Everyone laughed when little Sebastian called the volunteers “yellow heads” because they all wore HFHA’s yellow hard hats.
The day was topped off by a very special blessing from Reverend Gustavo Mansilla of the St. John the Baptist Anglican Cathedral in the City of Buenos Aires, who reminded the Lovera-Romero family that what they built was a house, but what they have, and must continue nurturing, is a home.
At the closing of the dedication, pictures were taken, hugs were given, and good wishes were extended. As HFHA members drove away, they looked back to find the family standing in front of their home, flashing big grins and waving goodbye. The HFHA gang waved back and smiled, expressing consensus through their collective silence that what HFHA does matters – just ask the Lovera-Romero Family, and the community of Lujan Province!