The Americas

Dec 09, 2005
Success Story from Peru: Building Foundations for the Future The Mendoza Cotrina family is originally from the rural province of Bambamarca in Peru. Like many families from the provinces, they immigrated to the city of Cajamarca with the objective of improving their situation. Juan Mendoza, the father, is a mechanic and owns a “combi” (bus), which he rents out as an additional source of income. The eldest daughter married a resident of Cajamarca who owns a mechanic shop and offered work to Mr. Mendoza, and the other children are of school age. Last year, the family sold their land in Bambamarca, in order to finance their move to the city. Upon arrival they bought a lot on the outskirts of the city in an expansion zone where they lived in temporary housing made of mats and corrugated... Read more
Nov 01, 2005
Construyendo un Futuro: Programa de Asistencia Economica para la Poblacion Desplazada en Colombia CHF International trabaja alrededor del mundo adelantando programas de apoyo dirigidos a poblaciones vulnerables, impulsando actividades económicas y productivas para el beneficio general de estas comunidades, en busca de mejorar sus ingresos económicos y su calidad de vida. En Colombia, CHF International está promoviendo estrategias y acciones con un enfoque en la atención a la población desplazada y de escasos recursos, en aspectos sociales, económicos y productivos. Con este propósito CHF International decidió diseñar e implementar una estrategia de desarrollo denominada Programa de Asistencia Económica-PAE, la cual cuenta con la participación de entidades operadoras como la Corporación... Read more
Oct 04, 2005
Emergency Relief to Reconstruction: Examples from the Response to Hurricanes Georges and Mitch EXECUTIVE SUMMARY When the United States Congress provided funding for relief to Central America and the Caribbean following Hurricanes Georges and Mitch, CHF International received $33 million through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and other funding agencies, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF). This represented 5.3% of the total $621 million provided by the... Read more
Aug 21, 2005
Guía de Orientaciones para el Acompañamiento Psicosocial a Poblaciónen Situación de Desplazamiento El desplazamiento, generado por efectos de la violencia y el conflicto armado, además de crear alteraciones a nivel económico, socio-político y material, ocasiona un fuerte impacto psicológico y de organización social que 1 amerita una atención especial. Para el Programa de Asistencia Humanitaria a Población en Situación de Desplazamiento en Colombia, de CHF International, es de especial importancia el desarrollo del component psicosocial, entendido éste como el “proceso de acompañamiento personal, familiar y comunitario que busca restablecer la integridad emocional de las personas, así como de sus 2 redes socials.” Read the full report... Read more
Jun 05, 2005
Cambios que nos Cambian: Programa de Asistencia Humanitaria a Población en Situación de Desplazamiento en Colombia Después de cinco años de trabajo en reconstrucción de comunidades en Colombia, que involucran la construcción o mejoramiento de más de 15.000 hogares y centenares de proyectos de infraestructura comunitaria, es el momento apropiado para que CHF International comparta su experiencia sobre el tema. El trabajo dentro del componente de construcción de viviendas de CHF en Colombia se ha realizado principalmente con poblaciones desplazadas y vulnerables; familias de escasos recursos que viven bajo circunstancias muy difíciles y que se esfuerzan por conseguir o recuperar un lugar decente donde vivir. Nuestras actividades de habitabilidad han puesto de presente la importancia de... Read more
Apr 17, 2005
La Importancia del Acompañamiento Psicosocial para la Recuperación de las Personas en Situación de Desplazamiento  El Programa de Asistencia Humanitaria a Población en Situación de Desplazamiento, desarrollado por CHF International en Colombia desde mayo de 2001 hasta la fecha, ha brindado atención a más de 23.000 familias, (65.000 personas), en situación de desplazamiento en 15 ciudades capitales y más de 80 municipios, a través del desarrollo de cinco componentes: asistencia alimentaria y no alimentaria, acompañamiento psicosocial, alojamientos temporales, construcción y dotación de centros comunitarios y empleo de emergencia, contribuyendo al logro de una atención integral a personas y familias durante su primer año de desplazamiento forzado, período durante el cual, el eje central... Read more
Apr 06, 2005
A Second Chance in Cali, Colombia Juan Carlos Perez* was displaced three years ago from the city of Cúcuta, in the region of Norte de Santander, where he had worked as a cabinetmaker, a trade he had learned from his father. One of Juan Carlos’s children served as a soldier in the military, and as a result, armed groups in the region turned his family into a target of the conflict in Colombia and murdered his wife and his son. Distraught, Juan Carlos made his way to Cali, Valle de Cauca, with his two sons, three daughters, 17 grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. Juan Carlos chose Cali because he had lived there as a child. After arriving in Cali, Juan Carlos received psychological assistance to help him deal with the tremendous trauma he had faced back in Cucutá. Through this... Read more
Sep 24, 2004
Success Story from Colombia: Creating Beauty Out of Conflict Desperate and scared, Maria and her family fled violence in their town, selling all they could before they left and leaving behind most everything else. The conflict was stressful for the Hernandez family, which received death threats from the groups. "In this situation you don't feel like doing anything. You couldn't even sleep," Maria said. Desperate and scared, Maria and her family decided to flee, selling all they could before they left and leaving behind most everything else. They couldn't say goodbye to their friends and neighbors for fear that they would be found along the way. Maria and her family made their way to the coast to move in with her parents. She was enthusiastic about the prospect of learning something new... Read more
Oct 15, 1982
Housing is for People 1952-1982: A Report by the Cooperative Housing Foundation This report covers CHF's beginnings as an organization promoting cooperative housing in the United States, as well as some of  CHF's earliest work internationally in countries such as Egypt, Morocco, Kenya, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Swaziland, Tanzania, Jamaica, Panama, Haiti, Peru, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Domican Republic, Ecuador, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Paraguay, Nicaragua, Sri Lanka, Philippines and Thailand. Read the full report here.
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