Compartilhe a história do(a) fundador(a) e o que o(a) inspirou a iniciar este projeto
I began my career working with children of homeless single mothers on the streets of Buenos Aires. Besides running day care centres, we sought decent housing for them and learned about the conditions within the squatter houses, tenemant houses and hotels. Whilst some families chose the slums (villa miserias), most single women did not dare face the violence which could be found in them, and chose parks, abandoned houses or temporary homes.
Twenty years on, as Director of Habitat for Humanity Argentina, I found myself facing the same population again, only with even worse conditions.
A team of professionals undertook to study the situation of housing in the City of Buenos Aires, and might have missed this group of technically homeless families hidden in abandoned houses or illegal hotels - thus escaping most statistics. But with the tips from my previous experience, plus the help of several of the children from the Day Care Centre now in their 20's, we were able to get inside the buildings and hotels, and inside the "typical life" of these over 100.000 families with a large majority of women and children descendants of marginalized neighbouring countries such as Bolivia, Peru or Paraguay.
With the support of a team of vigorous, committed young professionals daring to take on the bureaucracy and daunting complications of the City and Greater Buenos Aires with its 14 million strong population, I am sure that this will be a pilot project which paves the way for numerous successors!