New kids on the block

by Fundacion Pro Vivienda Social

We have joined forces with the biggest gas provider in Argentina (Gas Natural Fenosa) and the Federal Ministry for Employment to create a new and exciting project for youths at risk in Greater Buenos Aires.

The project seeks to help students finish the classes they need to complete in order to graduate from college while getting hands on experience in the construction industry.

To date five ex-interns have been interviewed and taken on to work on the community development projects we organize. The group is being paid by the gas company to complete their studies whilst working with the Foundation Pro Vivienda Social. We see it as a WIN WIN WIN! Not only do they get paid to finish school, they also gain invaluable workplace skills whilst helping to upgrade the neighborhoods where they live. 

The group is studying one day per week and working the other four with our team in marginalized communities.

We need your help to expand the project and help more kids to finish college in order to get a good job and get ahead! 

Thanks to the work carried out by group of motivated interns form two technical high schools in Greater Buenos Aires we now have a solid assessment of the neighborhoods involved in the natural gas project, ´Barrios de Unión y Futuro´ (Neighborhoods in Union for the Future).

The students have processed the information and produced an extensive report about the six neighborhoods they surveyed in order to make the gas project as affordable as possible for the whole community. The report has been sent to the Gas Company and engineers who will use the information to define where the gas pipes are built.

The report was also published in the latest community newspaper put together by neighbors to promote the project.

Thanks to the kids work, the gas works are set to begin this August!

During the month of February a team ten young adults from Moreno have been given a physical challenge by the Fundación Pro Vivienda Social: they are mapping every block of their neighborhood, that´s some 158 blocks, in order for us to begin the construction of the new gas line for them and their families!

The team is made up of 10 young people from low income suburbs in Greater Buenos Aires. Five are graduates from our First Opportunity Program and the other five are new interns who are participating in the program this year (see our other reports to learn more about the project and its aims). Together, they are working with neighbors and Community Development Workers to survey their neighborhoods and map the six neighborhoods which are involved in the Neighborhoods in Unity and Future Trust Fund. 

Their mission is to paint a picture of the neighborhoods in order to understand the physical state before the construction of the natural gas network. The information they are collecting includes information about the state of roads, footpaths, plazas, schools, public amenities and infrastructure – the more we know before we build the gas line the faster, safer and easier the process becomes.

We wish them luck and will be sure to share the maps they produce once they are done!

Thanks for your ongoing support!  


Housing models built by interns
Housing models built by interns

Meet the Generation 3.0 - the new interns working with the FPVS in order to improve housing conditions for low income families in Greater Buenos Aires.

Last semester we signed a new contract with the Technical High School of Moreno. As a result today we are working with 5 technical schools. We are proud to be working with more than 20 interns each of which will complete 200 hours work experience in our NGO supporting our gas and housing projects.

After having completed their inductions the students are currently making models of neighbor’s houses which will soon be connected to gas natural. These models will be presented as their end of year projects in order to graduate from the program.   

Interns visiting the Peak Shaving Plant, Bs As
Interns visiting the Peak Shaving Plant, Bs As

We are pleased to share news about the growth of our New Kids on the Block Program!

Earlier this year Gas Natural Fenosa, the technical manager of our natural gas project, formally joined the program giving technical and institutional support to the initiative which aims to create new opportunities for local students via professional placements.

The partner invited the group to visit two of their factories in Greater Buenos Aires last month. The 16 interns and their tutors visited the Peak Shaving Plant in Rodriguez and the headquarters of the gas company in San Martín. 

The excursion was an invaluable experience for the students most of whom had never visited a technical plant. The main objective of the visits was to teach the youths about the different commercial, technical and administrative areas of the company. 

During the excursions the students were able to interact with workers from the plants and ask questions about the operations they carry out. The company gave several talks concerning the history, current use and role of natural gas in Argentina. 

We are planning more visits in the second half of the year given the success of the excursions. So stay tuned for more news!

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Fundacion Pro Vivienda Social

Location: Capital Federal, Buenos Aires - Argentina
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Alison Smith
Moreno, Buenos Aires Argentina

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