Hola todos! My name is Sarah and I am currently volunteering with Habitat for Humanity Argentina, stepping into the shoes (or boots!) of the lovely Gillian to assist the very busy and very vibrant Connie, Coordinator of the International Resource Development. This means that I will be responsible for keeping you updated on all the goings on of our dedicated team here in Argentina, in so far as it concerns solutions to the human crisis of inadequate housing and living conditions, which affects over 4 million Argentines. It is no wonder the team is busy with projects in Buenos Aires, Santa Fe, Luján, Salta and rather ironically, occasional projects in our office as we mop up buckets of water from a leaky roof – a refreshing reminder from above of what it is actually like for many of the families we work for; living without an adequate “techo” or roof.
If you know a thing or two about Argentina today or have been following a blog, you will know that it is a country of stark contrasts. On the one hand, there is a high-flying expensive European-flavored lifestyle of cafes, restaurants, shopping and entertainment; on the other, there is a lifestyle characterized by a lack of educational opportunities and high unemployment that might afford you a run-down home or if you are less than lucky, a bed in a cardboard box, the gutter or the train station and a job selling unwanted gadgets to people taking public transport.
To see 8 year old children sleeping on the street is challenging coming from New Zealand, which has social problems but on a different scale, so I feel privileged to be working with the passionate team at Habitat for Humanity Argentina in the work that they do.