Thanks to the valuable support received through the GLOBAL GIVING platform, we were able to start transforming and improving the living conditions of families in Siete Vueltas, Urabá, that have been seriously affected by both natural disasters and the armed conflict in the territory, and currently face very difficult challenges due to the COVID - 19 emergency.
Before the emergency, we were able to preselect families in Siete Vueltas that could benefit from the project, through socio - family visits were we could make a housing and financial diagnosis from the particular situation of each home. Later, it was possible to prioritize the 18 families that will effectively benefit, by running our "Social Software" which counts with 8 variables and allows for a very objective process of selection.
Due to the emergency, advancement on construction had been slow, however significant advancements have been made regarding training processes with the community, especially regarding current biosafety issues and hazards, including training on preventive measures for biological risk of COVID-19, leaving installed capacity and greater self-care awareness, which results of high importance as families will participate by volunteering some of their members on the construction of their own housing solution, and the Government has implemented strict protocols that have to be complied with; there has also been training on caring, preservation and maintenance of their housing solutions over time, through the implementation of the campaign My Home, Safe, Healthy and Sustainable.
Building permits, essential to the construction work, have already been granted by the Municipal Administration of San Juan de Urabá.
Regarding building and construction materials, we have already revised offer of the suppliers, reviewing their compliance with the protocols established by the Apostolate for the purchase of materials, that include the following criteria: quality, experience, response capacity, compliance with third-party subcontracting laws, guarantees, approach with social sense and knowledge of the region. We have also started the construction process of all blocks for the constructions, complying with establish regulations, and determined site of construction in each terrain.
We have also received from other NGOs and private companies donations both in cash and kind, that has allowed us to advance on completing the resources necessary for the completion of the project.
Also, and due to the unprecedented crisis we have been facing globally, and the nature of the economy in the region, family’s income in Siete Vueltas has been deeply affected, we provided 200 families with groceries in order to help the community undertake the current circumstances.Attachments: