Projects: holistic programmes, education, reconstruction in slum areas
We've been addressing housing poverty in Colombia by enabling vulnerable communities to gain access to safe, decent housing.
This is fulfilled through holistic programmes for neighbourhood improvement and home improvement in slums and other poor settlements.
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Colombia has been experiencing violent internal conflicts for more than 50 years. Since 1985, 5.9 million Colombians have been violently displaced as a result of this conflict (CODHES, 2014).
In search of safety and a better future, the displaced population migrates to urban areas, and informal settlements grow as a result. Here, Habitat for Humanity seek to support families in need of safe shelter.
Characteristics of Colombian Slums
Challenges posed by the informal settlements include: Lack of secure land tenure (homes built on land they don’t own) Lack…
Challenges posed by the informal settlements include:
Lack of secure land tenure (homes built on land they don’t own)
Lack of access to basic services
Poor structural quality
Low accessibility to resources for the progressive construction of a house
Very limited access to education, social and health services as well as employment possibilities.
We enable holistic slum improvement projects led by the communities, with the active participation of public and private partners, donors and volunteers.
The goal is to reduce the qualitative housing deficit in urban zones through strategies at the community, sectoral and societal levels.
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Community: Housing Solutions And Housing Access Services
Through participatory territorial diagnoses, construction technical assistance, training, and workshops that promote community self-management, our local team enables the construction of progressive housing and the improvement of community infrastructure in informal settlements.
Sector: Territorial Development Of Markets And Advocacy
We seek to create the necessary market knowledge for the private sector to develop affordable and high-quality products and services for home improvement in informal settlements. Likewise, we advocate for home improvement, secure tenure, access to basic services and the improvement of collective infrastructure.
Society: Awareness And Mobilisation
Our local office designs and implements campaigns, events and actions to raise awareness, share experiences and promote adequate housing access alternatives for vulnerable populations. Through our construction and non-construction volunteer opportunities, we support the growth of communities. National and international volunteers can donate time, work and talent to help families access a decent and adequate home.
We've also identified the need to diversify our local funding sources by seeking donations with a good level of commitment and frequency. We are continually expanding our communication channels with donors, making our collection processes more transparent, developing management and transparency reports on the contributions. Demonstrating that the investment is managed efficiently and reliably, inviting donors to participate in our projects, and showing them the great work that our local team is doing in Colombia.
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