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Villa Maria Children's Project - My New House

Project Mi Nueva Casa transforms the lives of vulnerable families living in Villa Maria (the largest shanty town in Peru) through access to adequate housing. We replace makeshift shacks with solid wooden houses; providing families with a home they can be proud of, one that fulfils their basic needs.

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1117956)

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  • Disaster ReliefDisaster Relief
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief

    Helping

Location

Situation

As Villa Maria's population swells, space becomes increasingly limited. New migrants are forced to cut precarious platforms into the hillsides to erect their homes. These houses are typically made from scraps of iron, wood and plastic. They have limited or no access to electricity, running water and sanitation facilities. They also tend to be poorly insulated, draughty and retain moisture; leaving children and the elderly particularly susceptible to respiratory illnesses and infections.

Solution

Since 2007 we have been tackling the urgent need for improved housing in the area through our house building initiative. To date we have built new houses for 80 vulnerable families. The houses are single-storey wooden constructions that can be put together in a matter of days. These solid homes are warm, stay dry and offer protection from the wind. They also cost relatively little to buy and make. Yet a new house will utterly transform a family's life, vastly improving their quality of life.

  • When Quest began working in Villa Maria, 15 years ago, it was not safe for young people to walk from one neighbourhood to the next.

    — Jonathan Cassidy, Operations Manager

  • Such a fantastic project which was very rewarding to be a part of… presenting a new house to the family reduced us all to tears.

    — Emily Crisp, volunteer 2011

  • The beauty of the Me Nueva Casa initiative is that it is a stand-alone project - each house we build with your donation will change lives immediately.

    — Rose Terry, Fundraiser

  • When Quest began working in Villa Maria, 15 years ago, it was not safe for young people to walk from one neighbourhood to the next.

    — Jonathan Cassidy, Operations Manager

  • Such a fantastic project which was very rewarding to be a part of… presenting a new house to the family reduced us all to tears.

    — Emily Crisp, volunteer 2011

  • The beauty of the Me Nueva Casa initiative is that it is a stand-alone project - each house we build with your donation will change lives immediately.

    — Rose Terry, Fundraiser