23 July, 2018

Building Society – One Nail at a Time: Project by TECHO Belgium

Brussels, Belgium
20th of October, 2015



It is estimated that 167 million persons in Latin American live under the poverty line of 2$ per day. This represents 28% of the total population in Latin America. It is also estimated that 110 million persons in Latin America live in slums and other non-regulated settlements. This represents almost 1 in every 4 persons in Latin America. The human rights of the persons living in slums are daily violated as they do not have access to basic services such as potable water, electricity, health care, education, and more. Youth all over the world are committed to active themselves and work in order to eradicate poverty. The Building Society – One Nail at a Time project intends to showcase this – in practice.

The partners of the project – Erasmus Student Network Louvain-La-Neuve, TECHO Belgium and Academics For Development Louvain-La-Neuve – will the 27th and 28th of October, 2015 give the opportunity to local and international students and youth in Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium to participate in development volunteering activities as well as get informed on the opportunities to volunteer and work within the field of development.


From 11:00 the 27th of October, 2015 the public in Louvain-La-Neuve is invited to participate in the construction of a slum transitional house. The house to be built at the Grand Place in Louvain-La-Neuve is an example of one of the solutions currently implemented by TECHO in slums all over Latin America. Once inaugurated, the transitional house will be on display at the Grand Place until the next day’s evening.

At 20:30 the 28th of October, 2015 a Development Information Evening will be organised at Agora 13 in Louvain-La-Neuve. During the session participants will be informed on the topic of poverty as well as be given practical information in order to start a career within the world of Development work. This will include volunteering, internships as well as professional opportunities within NGO’s in Belgium and abroad.



27th of October, 2015

11:00 – 19:00        Construction of transitional house at Grand-Place

19:00                      Inauguration of house at Grand-Place

10:00 – 18:00       Distribution of information and material at Grand-Place

28th of October, 2015

10:00 – 18:00      Distribution of information and material at Grand-Place

20:30 – 22:30       Information session on Development work at Agora 13, Louvain-La-Neuve


Join us!




TECHO Belgium               [email protected]                                                    

ESN LLN                               [email protected]                                                     

AFD LLN                              [email protected]       

TECHO is a non-profit that seeks to overcome poverty in 19 Latin–American countries’ slums, through the joint work of families living in extreme poverty and youth volunteers. Founded in 1997, TECHO is today one of the largest NGO’s in Latin-America having to date built more than 100.000 temporary houses together with 800.000 volunteers. With over 30% of the population in Latin-America living in poverty, the work of TECHO is today more needed than ever before. To know more about us and our work, please visit our website:

Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is the biggest student organisation in Europe, founded in 1989 to support and develop student exchange. ESN is present in more than 500 Higher Education Institutions in 37 countries involving around 14,500 volunteers offering its services to 190,000 international students under the principle of Students Helping Students. ESN works for the creation of a more mobile and flexible education environment by supporting and developing student exchanges on different levels and provides an intercultural experience also to those students who cannot access a period abroad (‘internationalisation at home’). For more information visit

Academics For Development Louvain-La-Neuve (AFD) is a student organisation which aims at social impact through the active involvement of students in the development and implementation of development projects. The goal of AFD is to offer students the possibility to have social impact in a durable and meaningful way, by offering them the opportunity to contribute to real life issues in developing and developed countries. They are active in both Louvain-La-Neuve and Leuven, Belgium. For more information visit

Erasmus+ Student and Alumni Association (ESAA) is an international umbrella organisation established by the European Commission together with the Erasmus Student Network (ESN), Erasmus Mundus Student and Alumni Association (EMA), Organisation for Cooperation, Exchange and Networking among Students (OCEANS Network) and the garagErasmus Foundation. The umbrella organisation offers Erasmus+ students and alumni a platform for networking, professional development and intercultural exchange while promoting European Higher Education and worldwide cooperation. More information: