In May 2011 HPHA launched the first event in a new region, Salta, as part of a new “Seeds of Hope” project in partnership with Pro Mujer Argentina. During this event, which lasted one week, HPHA staff and volunteers went out into the neighbourhoods of Solidaridad and San Benito. Mónica, a volunteer from Buenos Aires, and Karina, a local volunteer, led workshops for 105 families on the self-management of home improvements.
Meanwhile, Nenna, a long-term volunteer from Holland developed and carried out the “Little Bricks” workshop for children between 1 and 13 years of age. Meanwhile, Diego and Diana, technical volunteers from Buenos Aires, together with the local volunteers visited 39 families in their homes to offer advice on home improvements. Pro Mujer also hosted a new event, similar to HPHA’s Habitat Tent*, testing an average of 40-50 people a day for hypertension and diabetes.
It was a busy and exhausting week but very positive. Nora Galeano, Country Coordinator for HFH Latin America & Caribbean, was able to attend the event and left us with the following reflections; “I would like to congratulate and thank you all for your work, talent, openness, commitment and the human contribution of the staff and volunteers that participated in the initiative.”
* Habitat Tent is an all-day event publicized in the communities where HPHA works. During the day, activities are aimed at empowering and educating families to be the main actors in improving their living conditions. Families that are building or improving their homes, without a loan from HFHA, receive advice and technical assistance from volunteer architects who then follow up on their cases. This could also include volunteer lawyers for those families that need assistance legalizing the title to their property.
Photos left to right: HPHA team in Salta 2011; Salta; long-term volunteer, Nenna Venema from Holland, running a Little Bricks program for the children in the neighborhood; A view of the neighbourhood in Salta where HFHA work.