In alignment with a six-year long strategic framework, Dow Argentina and Habitat for Humanity Argentina took action to develop and promote access to better building and sanitary conditions for vulnerable populations.
In the Saladero and Boulevard, Bahía Blanca neighborhoods, a refurbishment and improvement project was carried out. Together with hosted workshops and social and technical monitoring, families were instructed how to be better prepared to combat the impact of the global pandemic through home safety and sanitation upgrades.
At the beginning of the pandemic, proper housing was the main line of defense against COVID-19. A series of virtual workshops were developed to educate families on how to carry out improvements in their homes to help keep them safe in the pandemic and beyond. Approximately 50 families have carried out repairs in their bathrooms, and more than 55 families have been trained on the subject of water and sanitation, including the reduction of electrical risk with the presence of water in bathrooms and kitchen.
As part of this effort, seven families were selected to carry out self-construction improvements in their homes with technical and social support, seeking to modify some aspect related to safety, health or comfort. Improvements included interior and exterior plastering, electrical installation, openings, coatings, painting, ceilings, extensions and subfloors.