Community Location: Bogota
Our local building partner in Colombia is TECHO, a youth led non-profit organization that has built more than 100,000 homes throughout Latin America. TECHO seeks to overcome poverty in slums through the collaborative work of families living in extreme poverty with youth volunteers.
With most of Bogota’s population living below the poverty line, millions are forced to live along the city outskirts on hillside slums. The southern district of Bogota known as Ciudad Bolivar, holds 9 of Bogota’s population (700,000 people) and is home to the city’s highest density of poverty.
Many of Ciudad Bolivar’s residents were displaced by the countries long lasting civil war. It is estimated that 46 of the displaced people who fled to the capital from around the country end up in Ciudad Bolivar. Lacking basic services such as electricity and running water life in Ciudad Bolivar is extremely difficult.