Transform the reality of the children of our country
No child can develop without the stability and security of an adequate house. He or she needs a place in which to grow strong and healthy, to play, to spend time with family, to do homework. The report “State of the World’s Children2012,”produced by UNICEF, states that “adequate housing can protect children and families living in urban areas from contagious and chronic diseases, as well as prevent injuries and accidents.” The report also says that an optimal environment promotes social interaction, reduces stress and benefits psychological health.
In Argentinamore than 2.5 million children live in poverty. In many metropolitan areas of the country, they live in huts made of sheet metal and cardboard walls, dirt floors, without running water or protection against inclement weather. In an interview with newspaper Página 12, Andres Franco, the UNICEF Representative Argentina, shared his concern regarding the number of children living in substandard housing, as he estimates that 16.6% of the population lives in precarious structures with dirt floors without indoor plumbing or bathrooms.
In its report, UNICEF says that in the coming decades and as urbanization progresses, the majority of children will be living in urban areas. In putting forth this scenario, the organization challenges to governments to address the problem and achieve a better understanding of “the magnitude and nature of the poverty and exclusion affecting children in urban areas.” While progress has been made, a greater commitment is necessary. “We need to talk about them [children]. The exercise of their rights in the cities has its peculiarities, “he says Franco.
Campaign: The Children Begins at Home
In this context, and being an organization that works for the cause of adequate housing, we wonder: how is it possible that our children can dream of a better future without a suitable place to live? Our answer to this is to call all those who are motivated to put their faith into action to transform reality so that many children in our country can enjoy a fulfilling childhood, growing strong and healthy.
Childhood Begins at Home is a campaign to raise funds to finance the construction of three “Seed Houses” as a concrete solution that addresses the problem of inadequate housing inArgentina’s greater metropolitan areas, an issue that impairs the childhood of more and more children. The campaign will take place through three challenges: Schools, Churches and Argentines and Friends of Argentina Abroad, and each of these will aim to engage different populations needed to motorize this action for change.
If you want to know more about the campaign, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, you can follow our progress at www.laninezempiezaencasa.wordpress.com.