On Saturday June 26, 2010, “Plaza Arco Iris” (Rainbow Plaza) in Recreo, Santa Fe was inaugurated! The community plaza was built on a plot of land donated by Habitat for Humanity Argentina, with playground equipment and street lights contributed by the local municipality.
Notably, the plaza was wholly designed and constructed by HFHA beneficiary families within the Recreo community as a component of the community development program facilitated by HFHA under its “more than houses” platform.
The beneficiary families held a fundraiser for the construction materials needed and with the assistance of volunteers, they built walkways, tables and benches. Even the youngest members of the community were able to participate by planting trees.
The plaza is already being enjoyed by the parents and children of the community, who meet there to play games, do homework and chat with neighbors. Their collective effort can best be summed up in the words of a little girl from the community, who prepared the following for the inauguration:Today I feel happy because I now have a place to play and be with my friends. We named this plaza the Rainbow Plaza, and it took a lot of work to make it. I`ve seen the sacrifice of many moms and kids, who worked very hard but also laughed while constructing our plaza, and I`d like to thank every person who planted a small seed so that we could have a place to play and be happy.
HFHA has been able to assist the Recreo community thanks to donations from Mr. Steve McMinn, the Central Arizona Habitat for Humanity, Global Village brigades, and the payments of beneficiary families enrolled in HFHA`s rotating credit program.