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TECHO’S Com­mu­nity In­ter­ven­tion fo­cuses on the most ex­cluded slums of the con­ti­nent. 

The joint work of fam­i­lies and young vol­un­teers, who work to pro­duce con­crete so­lu­tions to the prob­lem­atic of poverty, is the key dri­ver of the in­ter­ven­tion. TECHO dri­ves a con­tin­u­ous com­mu­nity strength­en­ing process, tak­ing com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment as the trans­ver­sal axis of the in­ter­ven­tion.

The ini­tial phase of the Com­mu­nity In­ter­ven­tion con­sists of the in­ser­tion into slums and in the de­vel­op­ment of a di­ag­nos­tic of the fam­i­lies in need. 

Youth vol­un­teers have their first ap­proach to the re­al­ity which can be seen in the slums, work­ing in the field in order to de­velop a di­ag­no­sis, and to en­hance the res­i­dents lead­er­ship by pro­mot­ing or­ga­ni­za­tion, par­tic­i­pa­tion, and com­mu­nity co-re­spon­si­bil­ity in the whole process.

In the sec­ond phase, as a re­sponse to the iden­ti­fied needs in the com­mu­nity, there is an im­ple­men­ta­tion and man­age­ment of so­lu­tions in the areas of liv­abil­ity, ed­u­ca­tion, labor and oth­ers that ad­dress ex­ist­ing prob­lems. 

 These so­lu­tions are de­vel­oped through­out joint work be­tween young vol­un­teers and fam­i­lies, en­hanc­ing in­di­vid­ual and col­lec­tive ca­pac­i­ties for com­mu­nity self-man­age­ment. 

 Young vol­un­teers get in­volved in an aware­ness process about poverty and its causes, which leads them to act in order to gen­er­ate real change.

Within this phase we em­pha­size the con­struc­tion of tran­si­tional hous­ing, which meets a need that is ur­gent and a pri­or­ity in most slums. Cre­at­ing a link of trust be­tween the vol­un­teers and the com­mu­nity since it is a con­crete, tan­gi­ble and achiev­able so­lu­tion in the short term. The house built by TECHO is a pre­fab­ri­cated mod­ule of 162 square feet, built in two days, with the par­tic­i­pa­tion of young vol­un­teers and fam­i­lies in the com­mu­nity. The con­struc­tion gen­er­ates an en­counter be­tween these two re­al­ties, pro­mot­ing crit­i­cal re­flec­tion and con­crete pro­pos­als on how to over­come poverty. This process is done with a com­mu­nity ap­proach, which pro­motes the or­ga­ni­za­tion and par­tic­i­pa­tion of the com­mu­nity.

Deep­en­ing this process of com­mu­nity em­pow­er­ment, the com­mu­nity-or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee is im­ple­mented. This is a meet­ing where com­mu­nity lead­ers and youth vol­un­teers di­a­logue and dis­cuss about pos­si­ble so­lu­tions to the pri­or­ity prob­lems in the slum. TECHO fo­cuses on the im­ple­men­ta­tion of ed­u­ca­tion plans; work plans, such as basic skills train­ing and mi­cro-credit for the de­vel­op­ment of small busi­nesses. TECHO seeks to link com­mu­ni­ties with net­works to de­velop other pro­grams to meet com­mu­nity goals and con­tribute to the gen­er­a­tion of so­lu­tions.

As a third phase of the in­ter­ven­tion, the im­ple­men­ta­tion of last­ing and sus­tain­able so­lu­tions is pro­moted in slums, such as: reg­u­lar­iza­tion of prop­erty, basic ser­vices, hous­ing, in­fra­struc­ture and local de­vel­op­ment. TECHO ar­tic­u­lates and links or­ga­nized fam­i­lies liv­ing in slums with gov­ern­ment in­sti­tu­tions, so they can de­mand their rights.

Start­ing with the con­stant and mas­sive hard work of young vol­un­teers and fam­i­lies liv­ing in slums, TECHO de­nounces the ex­clu­sion and vi­o­la­tion of rights that ex­ists in slums, so that these prob­lems are rec­og­nized by so­ci­ety and be­come a pri­or­ity of the pub­lic agenda. 

More­over, TECHO gen­er­ates rel­e­vant in­for­ma­tion about slums, and seeks to be part of in­stances of pro­posal and pub­lic pol­icy de­ci­sion mak­ing, pro­mot­ing struc­tural changes that con­tribute to the erad­i­ca­tion of poverty.

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