Host Organization Details
Un techo para mi Pais Ecuador
Techo is an organization operating in Latin America and the Caribbean, which seeks to overcome poverty for thousands of people living in slums, through training and joint actions of its residents and young volunteers.
The people in the Techo Organization work tirelessly in the fight against poverty and the promotion of community development. "Techo Community Intervention" focuses on the most excluded slums and its key drivers are the joint actions taken by its residents and young volunteers from these areas, who work to generate solutions to the problems of poverty.
This initiative originated in Chile then went to El Salvador and Peru. Now after 15 years, it operates in 19 countries of Latin America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Dominican Republic, Uruguay and Venezuela.
Five Values That Moves Techo Towards A Better Future:
1) Solidarity - Empathy is crucial to the fate of these excluded families. It moves us to want to be and work with them, to share their difficulties and hopes, to learn from their skills and perseverance, as well as report and make an effort to correct things that marginalize these people and does not recognize their fundamental rights as human beings.
2) Conviction - To overcome poverty and injustice in our continent, " Is Possible". This certainty gives us the determination to work tirelessly with others to achieve these challenging goals and to take the risks necessary to move beyond the fatalistic attitudes of others around us.
3) Excellence - Everything we do must be of high quality. We aim to be creative, innovative and rigorous, as well as respectful of commitments made. We will acknowledge and correct errors in a timely manner, while taking into consideration proposed solutions.
4) Diversity - All young people have a space in the Techo organization, regardless of social or ethnic origins, religious beliefs, sexual orientation or political choices. We are sure that our differences are an asset to join forces in what unites us, "the fight against extreme poverty throughout this continent". 5) Optimism - The Techo Organization faces the future with hope but not naivety. We believe that the injustice we see today, is possible to be defeated and we work towards that future with joy. We recognize the privilege of devoting our lives to making our world a more humane place for all.
Techo - Ecuador was established in May 2008. At that time, they constructed five houses in the neighborhood of Carretas, sector La Bota, in the province of Pichincha. The homes were built with the help of 60 volunteers between 18 and 30 years of age. Since then Techo has built 1564 houses and mobilized more than 15,000 volunteers who constructed these homes among'st 12 provinces in the country.
In 1997 a group of young people funded the first Techo establishment in Chile with the help of individual organizations and donors. Since that time the Techo Organization in now in 19 countries and receives its funding through its own fundraising initiatives in each country and through private donors.