Our Why

104 million people live in slums in Latin America

Families lack a proper home, and have no access to basic services, such as clean water, electricity or sewerage. They are exposed to cold, rain, dirt and pollution which generates many health problems. Adults are often unemployed and their children have to work from an early age to help support their family.

What does this really mean?

LACK OF ACCESS TO CLEAN RUNNING WATER for personal hygiene, cooking, and cleaning, forces slum dwellers to use unsafe water. This increases the risk of contracting cholera, diarrhea, hepatitis, dengue, and other diseases. Illnesses from unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war.

OVERCROWDING is the most telling indicator of a housing deficit. The absence of privacy and good circulation can cause physical and mental health problems. Many research studies show the relationship between overcrowding and poor academic performance, sexual abuse, domestic violence, and ``street culture`` .

LACK OF SEWAGE SYSTEM most of Latin American slums are not connected to sewage water services that are part of the larger sewage network, causing problems like soil contamination, contaminated water, and bad odors.

THE LACK OF SAFE CONNECTIONS leads many families to install insecure power connections. Accidents and deaths by fire or electrocution are common due to the absence of safe connections

LACK OF ACCESS TO THE NATURAL GAS NETWORK in Latin American slums, the vast majority of people use liquefied gas, firewood, or coal as their main sources of energy for heating and cooking. These are not only expensive, but also increase the number of accidents and the risk of death by accidental fire and cardio-respiratory illnesses.

LACK OF TRASH COLLECTION SERVICES garbage collection services often do not enter slums, resulting in a large accumulation of trash which causes a higher risk of health and environmental problems like water and air contamination.

Our experience working in poverty stricken neighborhoods has taught us that living in slum conditions is nobody’s choice. In fact, slums residents not only can, but actually contribute the most towards creating solutions to their everyday problems.

Community development and adequate housing are the path to build thriving communities.

Home is where your story begins.

A home means more than a house.

It means health, education, personal development, overcoming poverty and income generation, women empowerment, security for families and the possibility of inspiring a community to overcome this situation together.

It is proven that having walls and a roof directly impacts the reduction of respiratory and cardiovascular diseases.

Having a home has a direct impact on study times and school assistance. When you feel safe at home, you perform better in school.

TECHO houses generate a change in people’s personal relationships, producing an increase in the time they spend with friends and family.

When family members have a home, they can truly focus on seizing opportunities and generate income.

We are proud to focus on women as leaders of their families and great influencers of the community.

A home impacts the community, making it safer and decreasing the percentage of thefts.