TECHO (teh-choh) is a youth-led non-profit organization that works in informal settlements to create a just society without poverty. Today over 200 million people live in poverty in Latin America and the Caribbean. No proper home, no potable water, sewage, or electricity access. Our mission is to change that reality, working to create system-changing solutions to end poverty and shape a future we all want to live in.
To overcome the situation of poverty in which millions of people live in informal settlements of Latin America and the Caribbean.
We work together to assess the community’s needs, develop an action plan, and provide them with the tools to improve their quality of life and transform their communities. We do this with the support of our donors, volunteers, and families, all working together for a common goal.
Get to know our projects below.
Access to decent housing is a universal right and a place to meet our basic needs. One of our main goals is to bring families closer to decent housing. We seek to respond to the housing deficit caused by poverty or and natural disasters that affect thousands of people.
The emergency houses are made out of prefabricated wood panels, which allows for their efficient construction. They are built by the families who receive the house alongside volunteers.
Permanent housing provides families with a better quality housing.
This house has improved thermal, visual, and space conditions. Its structure guarantees resistance to strong winds, earthquakes, and other external factors. The house materials can be made from wood, concrete, steel, or a combination of these.
Progressive houses are innovative, adaptable and accessible to families in informal settlements.
Progressive housing offers an evolutionary response, giving families the possibility of expanding and improving it, integrating different services, based on their needs.
Progressive housing offers an evolutionary response, giving families the possibility of expanding and improving it, integrating different services, according to their needs.
The lack of running water and sanitation is a common problem in Latin America. For this reason, we generate efficient, sustainable, and easy-to-install basic service solutions.
Infrastructure projects seek to improve community life, promoting community meetings and recreational activities.