The goal is train 3,200 construction workers in safe and healthy construction, as well as to sensitize 20,000 homeowners. In this way, construction workers will increase their incomes and help local residents of informal slums to improve their quality of life. By 2020, these trainings will be so entrenched among our public and private implementation partners that they will continue to provide them on their own.
The unauthorized slums that have sprouted in Colombian cities from strong migration pressure constitute a huge risk to their inhabitants. Due to their poor construction quality, they cannot offer safe living spaces. Poor ventilation and the lack of natural lighting cause the inhabitants to fall ill (from depression to respiratory illnesses).
Better trained construction workers in the informal sector can improve this situation. They construct housing with carrying walls and design windows and inner walls in such a way to ensure daylight can shine through and air can circulate. With professional construction services, the trained construction workers will generate higher incomes for themselves and their families.
To this end, the project has analysed the prevailing substandard construction practices, and together with the national vocational education institutes SENA, developed practical trainings for informal sector construction workers. Thanks to these technical courses, the construction workers learn how to build safely and sustainably, thereby improving the health of their homeowner clients. Some attend additional follow-on training courses to improve their business skills. In parallel, homeowners are sensitized through media campaigns and seminars dealing with healthy and safe living. By 2017, 20,000 construction workers and 5,000 homeowners received training.
In this latest project phase, a further 3,200 construction workers will receive training – 1,370 of them will also receive business training – and 20,000 homeowners will be sensitized. The goal is to ensure the trainings are firmly adopted by local actors by 2020. To this end, private and public partners will receive support to integrate the courses into their client strategies. While newer partners will learn the course methodologies and coordination with SENA, our premium partners will be offering the courses independently on their own. At the policy level, communities receive support to implement new processes to ensure poor homeowners gain access to state subsidies for home renovations. In this way, we ensure that the advanced trainings will continue beyond the life of the project.
1. Handover of trainings to our public and private partners
2. Improved construction quality and increased incomes of trained construction workers
3. Promoting demand among homeowners for safe and healthy homes
4. Policy and subsidies for council housing
2018 - 2022
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