Challenge of the Pandemic with UHMD

For the family of Elena, José and their five children, the last rain at the beginning of February was very different thanks to UHMD; they had been living in their new house in Recoleta for a week.  Elena comments: "It's the first rain that I don't have to go out with the blankets and mattresses, as I did in previous winters.   I lost a lot of things that got wet and we didn't manage to dry them during the winter. "I never imagined having a house like this, but inside me I had hope.  My children are happy, my 13-year-old Luis (autistic) tells me 'I like my bedroom' and my youngest son tells me 'I like the bathroom, because it's ours."

In fact, until January 2021, his family lived in a 3×6 m shack without proper toilets or insulation and had a precarious electrical installation. Today the situation is very different: their new house is 140 mts 2 on 2 floors, has 4 bedrooms plus living-dining room, kitchen and bathroom and is the result of a coordinated work between Fondacio,UHMD, Cristo Vive Foundation and the family of Elena and José, of course.

It was the Cristo Vive Foundation, through Carol Osorio, social worker, Ignacio Rosselot and sister Karoline Maller, who provided a house in Quinta Bella, for 5 months, for the family to live in while the demolition of the mediaga and the construction of Elena's new home was being carried out.

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For Fondacio's UHMD team it was a double challenge to carry out this project, as they not only had to deal with the constraints of working in Pandemic, but also had to face the replacement of French volunteers, which was absorbed by the Chilean professional volunteers.

Alfonso Rossende assumed the direction of the work with the full support of the rest of the professionals: Juan Pablo Montalva, Carlos Bascuñán, Guillermo Menares, Roberto Bascur, each with their own expertise.  Verónica Muñoz and Elba Muñoz were in charge of the social work and the preparation of meetings and minutes.

The fruit is there for all to see. An exciting adventure, a flowing mission and dignity for all who participated.