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The Program "From Rubbles to Hope"
FACTORIES OF HOPE Program: "FROM RUBBLES TO HOPE" is a community income generating program, which promotes autonomy and self sufficiency by providing occupational training in business and construction skills, for the production of low-income housing and very economical public buildings. It proposes to protect the environment while promoting community ideology, generating worth jobs, utilizing The Green Bricks Interlocking Building System (The Green Bricks).
This program proposes the strategic establishment of FACTORIES of HOPE to produce The Green Bricks in urban and isolated communities in agreement with the public sector, considering the possibility of executing, simultaneously, the principles of worth jobs, semi-industrial production with care for the environment. All of this resulting in the emergence of new productive actors and, particularly, decent housing programs.
The current global financial crisis has reversed the flow of funds, and curtailed the ability of many key actors in both the development and financial arenas. As a result, financial institutions in developing economies have been faced with lack of access to proper funding sources at affordable levels. Communities and lowest income individuals are particularly negatively affected both by the economic downturn and simply because they cannot address their shelter needs.
Yet despite these negative developments, the pace of urbanization, particularly in the new and growing cities of the developing world continues, and the humanitarian and environmental challenges posed by substandard living conditions must still be addressed.
The Green Bricks concept, made of recycled materials, is not a new concept but it is a great concept. It has just not been put to use. It has been developed with absolute efficiency and success, and its application for the building of economic popular housing has been widely and successfully applied in countries such as Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela and Bolivia, amongst others.
The basis for this success is the easiness and speed in which the houses can be built, besides the fact that the materials utilized for the construction are found in the location of the construction itself, resulting in re-utilization of rubble from construction with reduction in costs, labor, ecological damages and time. On the other hand, the production of The Green Bricks generates labor work, resulting in anti-seismic buildings, fulfilling a social work or great dimensions, for The Green Bricks building system is not only applicable in the building of popular housing, but it also can be used in buildings of up to three floors for public buildings such as schools, community and health centers, artistic and cultural spaces, orphanages, all without the need for use of reinforced concrete and steel bars.
In these circumstances, sustainable building processes and adequate training for the construction trades has the potential to have a major impact on the local labor force. Any funds invested for the purposes of instructing young people in the capability of performing quick and effective construction work and related tasks is liable to