„Un Techo para mi País“ (UTPMP / "A Roof for my Country") is a non-profit organisation in Latin America dedicated to the reduction of homelessness and extreme poverty, which strives to improve the living conditions of the poorest Latin American inhabitants through the construction of transitional housing and the implementation of social inclusion programs.
Since 2006, the organisation operates in Costa Rica and is primarily run by youth volunteers, the majority being university students. Through their work with UTPMP, these young Costa Rican citizens obtain a unique opportunity to directly contribute to the social development of their country while also developing a better understanding for the harsh reality of poverty.
The projects are conducted according to a 3-phase plan, the first of which consists in the construction of basic transitional homes in order to alleviate the immediate situation or emergency of citizens who are homeless, live in extreme poverty, or have been victims of natural disasters. The next two phases focus on a process of social inclusion that will allow the development of sustainable communities, in cooperation with the local authorities. Through social development programs led by volunteers in areas such as healthcare, education and economic development as well as starting aids for micro enterprises, social integration and sustainable communities are promoted. In the past 3 years, UTPMP Costa Rica has constructed over 1000 transitional homes with the help of approximately 2000 volunteers.
Tierra Verde supports this organisation by donating US$ 3 of the travel price per person. This donation directly contributes to the social development of Costa Rica, as well as the improvement of the living conditions of the poorest people and families in this country!
In case you are inspired by this project and would like to raise your donation, we warmly encourage you to do so. Every contribution makes a difference, and an emergency shelter can already be built starting from US$ 2600.
We are very proud to announce that in April 2011 and June 2012, we have built the first two homes for families living in extreme poverty, from the donations made by Tierra Verde and our clients.
09th and 10th of April 2011 - Coyolar de Orotina
Together with two volunteer instructors from "Un Techo Para Mi País" (A roof for my country) twelve members of the Tierra Verde Team built the first transitional home for a family, living in extreme poverty and under inhuman conditions, at the countryside of Coyolar de Orotina. An overwhelming and intense experience of solidarity and team spirit!
23rd and 24th of June 2012 - Guararí de Heredia
In June 2012, we built the second home for a family of seven (mother, grandmother and children), with the support of our office staff, guides with family as well as volunteers of the organization. Thanks everyone for the great work!
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