The Acceptable Housing Project. Barrio Grenada Anexo Managua, Nicaragua ________________ www.companeros.ca. After three months. Designing and building a park with Canadian and Nicaraguan landscape architecture students, . Creating cool.
Designing and building a park with Canadian and Nicaraguan landscape architecture students,
Complete with cool equipment and a working water fountain,
And building a pre-school classroom with tons of people from the community,
You might think we’d take a break. So we did.
We saw children and teachers read their poetry, sings their songs, dance their dances, and play Piñata. It was fun. Then we walked the kids home.
As you enter the settlement of 214 families, 800+ people, you notice the road change to dirt and the electrical wires stop. Not so fun in the dark.
You notice the manhole cover and ask if there is potable or waste water systems here? No, you are told, that’s for the rich neighbourhood up the hill.
And the bacteria and bugs thrive,
… and the barefoot little girl does not.
You take one boy to the shack made out of scrap metal and the fence with an old billboard that says “Live life with…” How about with decent housing?
You take a girl to another house where the walls are made of plastic. You admire her mother’s perserverance.
A gaggle of kids want to show you the stream that runs through their house when it rains and the logs they use to try and divert the seasonal flood.
A boy invites you to his lean-to, where he lives with Doña Hilda. Dirt floor, cardboard walls, exposed sides, untreated ulcer, a few tortillas and coffee to ward off hunger. You exchange pleasantries.
You walk away saying to yourself:
This is unacceptable. THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE!
The Acceptable Housing Project is an initiative of ConsejoPoderCiudadano Barrio Grenada and Compañeros Inc.
Includes research, prefabrication, preparation, build, and inauguration
phases as well as materials, delivery, and skilled labour.
USD$100 from family
USD$1400 from donor group
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Mark Franklin and other Compañeros participants at a UTPMP house build in Managua in Mar/09.
Canadian and Nicaraguan participants building 4 houses in Matagalpa in Mar/04.
Canadian and Nicaraguan participants during a house build in Matagalpa in Mar/04.