One Roof For My Country
The international NGO One Roof for My Country has launched a project in Brazil in an effort to alleviate poverty in underprivileged communities in Latin America by offering houses with solid structures in favelas, where most houses are made from wood found in the trash.
The initiative is divided into three stages: first, emergency houses are built where shacks are currently located. The construction is all done by volunteers, the majority of which are university students. In the second stage, the NGO extends itself in outreach across the board, helping the families living in the favelas through targeted health and education, as well as helping them find employment, seek legal advice, and get involved with micro-credit and community building. The last phase of the project involves the actual onstruction of permanent homes in place of the original shacks.