Thank you all for your support!
Dear friends and supporters, we are extremely happy to recapitulate all the work we have done over the past year, specifically with the families of “Lomas del Tizate”, who have improved their life conditions with hard daily work. During this time, strong emotional bonds have been created between the families and the volunteers, who are now considered as part of the community as well as new brothers and sisters for all the little kids who live there. Once a young man or woman faces the reality of millions of families in the country, it is very hard to leave knowing there is always something that can be done; that is the reason why in the community there are no boundaries between families or volunteers, they are all part of the same group, working together to build a Mexico in which we all can live in. “Lomas del Tizate” has witnessed an amazing year, full of stories of success that backup us to continue with our work. In 2012, we had the first contact with the families, and after several months of hard work including continuous visits, social diagnosis and economic studies, TECHO identified the need to build transitional houses. We already built 21 transitional houses, but what is more important of this experience, is the discovery of the great different commitment, from families, volunteers and supporters, can accomplish.
What are our goals for 2015? The children are one of our top priorities, because we believe in the relevance of developing a healthy youth that can leader not only the community but the entire country. We think sports play a key role in the beneficial use of time, given the fact that in a community where there are no recreational spaces, it is very easy to fall into addictions. We want our children to be part of something bigger, to learn to be a part of a team and stimulate in them the feeling of equality needed to pursue a bigger objective altogether. This year we are determined to keep working with the families of Lomas del Tizate, all with your help and support. We would love to continue delivering you with good news from the community and mainly, achieve a sustainable change in the life quality of the families.
"The garbage is a real and big problem to all of us" said one of the member of 'Lomas del Tizate' during the weekly assembly. The time passes and is a hard path to improve the conditions of the community, but the families don't give up.
After a process to recognized the needs and projects that could be implemented, the community talked about the insecurity in the area, the lack of public services and the lack of organization among everyone, along with the problem of garbage.
We decided to focus and dedicate forces to one project at the time. So, for two days, among 140 volunteers and the families of Lomas del Tizate, worked together for a new start to the community. We built thirteen transitional houses for families who used to live with habitational emergency, but also we could work with the rest of the community on the cleaning of a public space; a place that was full of garbage, grass and it was insecure for the children to play.
We were afraid of the rain, but fortunately the sun was bright and the good mood was felt all over the place. The children were the first on picking up the plastic bags, the gloves and got ready to start cutting the grass and separating the garbage. They were an example to their fathers and the rest of the volunteers.
There's still a lot to do but we'll be working till the condition of the entire community improves.
We need you, we need and we will work to make true the dream of have safer roof and a better place to live to all the families in Lomas del Tizate. Support this project!
The following is a postcard from Lucius and Sarah, GlobalGiving's In-the-Field Representatives in Mexico, about their experience volunteering with Un Techo Para Mi País
6:00 A.M. - Half-asleep, our heads bumped vigorously against the car’s windows as we made our way through unpaved roads to Las Vias del Amor, loosely translated into The Pathways of Love. Do not let the name fool you, however. This is a community of tin shacks and stray dogs, located next to an abandoned railway track and a rubbish dump. More surprisingly, this shanty town lies just thirty minutes outside Mexico City.
Sarah and I walked along the dirt road towards the first shack, cautiously avoiding the muddy puddles that had formed from last night’s rain. We were greeted by two staff from Un Techo Para Mi País, which helps to build sturdy houses for these poor families.
They told us to put our bags down and join one of the many volunteer teams that were already hard at work. After all, what better way to learn about an organization’s work than to volunteer for them.
For the next twelve hours, Sarah and I hacked away at large rocks and dug deep holes in the ground to lay the pillars for the foundation, and hammered away tirelessly as we put the walls and roof up onto these new houses. Meanwhile, the beneficiaries of these new houses, many of whom were unemployed and living well below the poverty line, made us coffee and cooked us a simple lunch. During lunch, we all sat in a circle and heard about their histories and dreams, and how this house would afford them a modicum of dignity.
Finally at around 8:00 P.M, as we tightened the finishing screws on their new roofs, the heavens opened up with a torrential hail storm. My team of volunteers scurried and huddled together with the poor family of five in their new house. Although sunburnt and blistered, we were happy and dry, for we knew that our job was complete.
Many other families are still in need of a roof over their heads.
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It´s been almost a year since we first approached to Lomas. In that first approach we made almost 80 interviews to know the familys better, we wanted to know top to bottom each family and make a propper plan for the whole community.
Today after knocking in many doors we can take the first step. We went a tell the story of the families to as many people as we could, and we are happy to tell you that by the end of the month 30 students will be visiting the community to update the information and select the first 12 familys that we consider need the most a transitional house.
This is only the beggining, everybody is really excited about the possibilities. Now we begin a long term relation with a group of people with tons of potential to make many programs (infrastructure, education, micro-credits, legal and basic skills training).
The 21st and 22nd of june over a 100 volunteers will be partipating in the construction of the first 12 transitional homes. We thank your generosity and hope you can continue to help us.
Lomas del Tizate is one of the most excluded slums in the city of Guadalajara in Mexico.
About 100 families live there since 2011, more than 600 habitants. Among 50% and 80% of the families lives in disrepair houses with dust ground, without access to public services such as electricity, drainage and water.
Lomas del Tizate is part of a huge common area with different landlords. It has been difficult to the families to live there, because although it hasn't been any attempt of eviction, they don't have the security to build a life for them to long term.
Besides this, it is a united community who lives with tranquility most of the time.
TECHO started works in June of 2012 and we identified a minimum but a good organization among the families that work together to improve the condition of all.
After several diagnostics, visits, socio economic studies and observations, TECHO has identified along with the community the priority of the need in habitat theme.
That's why we are working to build transitionals houses to 17 families in Lomas del Tizateas our project to short term, to bring dignity to everyone, to accomplish a lot of family’s dreams, to develop also other programs after the construction, that will finish poverty among the community, such as Health Plans, Educational programs, Legal consulting, labor training, etc.
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