A group of international high school students from the Lincoln School of Buenos Aires spent a week in Recreo, Santa Fe province, working on a HFHA Seed House. The Seed House will consist of a bathroom and kitchen with the correct infrastructure for indoor plumbing, as well as one main living area.
This allows for the most urgent housing needs to be met while ensuring that the house can be easily adapted for future growth. The family selected for this project is Mocoví, an indigenous group in the north of Argentina. The teenagers helped tear down the existing precarious structure, dig a deep well to house a septic tank, remove a tree from the plot, dig foundations for walls and pour cement for the main living area.
Without the support of the brigade, the family of seven would have had to spend a significant amount additional time and loan money on these projects. HFHA started working in Santa Fe after a major flood caused severe damage to many homes, so the change from a dirt floor to cement floor had special significance. The family was astounded by the work ethic of all involved, and the teens were really proud to have been able to test their physical limits in working alongside the family. The teens also helped local children design and paint trash cans to fit into the colorful community-constructed plaza. The kids loved playing with the volunteers’ cameras, taking hundreds of photos at a time!
(Note that this recap of the trip is part of the English-language Bulletin. There is a more extensive post on this Global Village from October 6th. And there have been many improvements to the Seed House since then! You can find photos of the progress in previous posts.)