The City Council of Chiclana de la Frontera (Cádiz) participates in the land reclamation project of Tierra Solidaria, in Lábrea, Brazil

Through the ONGD La Esperanza, the Delegation of International Cooperation of the Chiclanero City Council has granted the financing of the project "Guaranteed access to adequate sanitation of families living in extreme poverty in Labrea (Amazonas, Brazil)", with the construction of two sanitary pits and four work baths in four homes of this neighborhood of community houses.
News | 2018 Dec 24

Two new sanitary pits and four construction toilets, connected two by two to these pits, will be added to the total of six pits and twelve bathrooms already built in the neighborhood of community houses Tierra Solidaria de Lábrea (Amazonas, Brazil) thanks to the subsidy granted by the City Council of Chiclana de la Frontera (Cádiz, Spain) through a project presented by the ONGD La Esperanza.

Four families, made up of about 24 people in total, will be able to benefit from this action, which is in addition to the extensive project that has already provided drinking water in sufficient quantity and quality and, at this moment, completes a comprehensive sanitation and work bathrooms in the 103 homes in the neighborhood. The works of this new phase began on December 1 and are expected to be completed before July 31, 2019.

The total budget was 11,036.45 euros, of which the City Council of Chiclana contributes 85% (9,380.50 euros) and the rest is provided by the same ONGD La Esperanza and the Labrea Prelature. Around 68% of the budget will be allocated to sanitary pits (tubing, excavation, construction in concrete) and the rest for the bathrooms, which will have a complete equipment (battery, toilet, shower) and will also be made of concrete and brick.

Tierra Solidaria has 103 houses of around 60 square meters each built within a plot of 250 square meters, so it allows to have a small garden and a large space for living worthy of the family unit. They have accessed people who were previously in a situation of substandard housing. The houses are delivered in usufruct regime, so they cannot be sold, rented or underutilized.

These families belong to a local neighborhood association, which is in charge of ensuring compliance with the basic rules of behavior and also the maintenance and cleaning of equipment and the same neighborhood. In addition, it supports the inhabitants in their needs and is an interlocutor in front of the civil authorities for the continuous improvement of the quality of life in the neighborhood.

The families are in a comprehensive social project that, in addition to guaranteeing the right to housing, includes other fundamental rights: to drinking water and sanitation, to education, to the care of the most vulnerable (infants and the elderly), etc.

This neighborhood has just been equipped with a new network of access to drinking water, in sufficient quantity and quality, which has been designed integrally in collaboration with the Polytechnic University of Madrid and the Solidarity and Educational Engineering Network (RISE), linked to the Madrid university center. It has taken into account the whole process: catchment, purification, storage, distribution channels, and final points of arrival in each home.

The next step is to provide all the houses with a bathroom connected to a complete sanitation network, necessary to avoid diseases and promote local environmental care. To this end, RISE has also collaborated, in addition to local institutions of higher education, which train families on the proper use of water, the maintenance of networks, waste management, hygiene care and basic health prevention.

In order to provide funds to both networks (drinking water and sanitation), it counts with the support of the Social Apostolate Commission of the Province of San Nicolás de Tolentino, ONGs of the Agustino-Recoleta Family (among them, La Esperanza, a member of the International Solidarity Network Agustino-Recoleta ARCORES) and diverse public and private funders.

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