In 1997 a group of young people began working towards the dream of overcoming poverty. The sense of urgency that existed in these slums massively mobilized them to build transitional houses together with the families that were living in these unacceptable conditions. This group of young people focused their energy on finding concrete solutions to the problems that the communities faced every day.
This initiative became an institutional challenge that today is shared across the continent. Since its beginnings in Chile, followed by El Salvador and Peru, TECHO undertook an expansion, and after 15 years has maintained operations in 19 countries across Latin America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Dominican Republic, Uruguay and Venezuela. It also has offices in the US, as well as in London, England.
TECHO is born everyday from the encounter of volunteers and families living in slums, in working together to overcome poverty and exclusion.