Volunteers “build louder” in Paraguay

As part of Habitat’s Build Louder program, international volunteers learn about the reality of low-income Paraguayan families and advocate for housing issues.

ASUNCIÓN, Paraguay (December 13, 2011) – On December 2, Habitat for Humanity Paraguay said “adios” to a visiting “Build Louder” team. Through the Build Louder program, volunteers learn about the reality of low-income families and help strengthen national and international public policies.

During their eight day stay the volunteers, led by José Quiñonez of Habitat’s Government Relations and Advocacy office, visited several communities of extreme poverty. In addition, they conducted interviews with representatives of the Intersectorial Bureau of Housing and Habitat (Mesa Intersectorial del Hábitat y la Vivienda), civil society organizations and members of USAID, the European Union and the Inter-American Development Bank. The volunteers also had the opportunity to interview with the National Secretary of Housing and Habitat, as well as the national television program, “Siglo a Siglo” and local newspapers “Diario ABC” and “Diario Última Hora”.

“We believe that we cannot resolve the tremendous problem of housing need through construction alone. We need to influence the [root] causes. We say that we “build louder”, because we are a group that travels in order to learn about the situation of social habitat, about housing distribution and about land tenure issues,” said Quiñonez.

For more information about Habitat for Humanity’s Build Louder program, please visit http://altenheime-hamburg.info/gov/take_action/GRA_Build_Louder_default.aspx.

About Habitat for Humanity Latin America and the Caribbean
Habitat for Humanity first opened its doors in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) in 1979, and has since helped more than 100,000 low-income families to access adequate housing in the region. Headquartered in San Jose, Costa Rica, the Latin America and Caribbean regional office coordinates the efforts of 16 national organizations, as well as unique partnerships throughout the region. For more information, visit habitatlatino.org.