What is TECHO?
TECHO is a youth-led Latin American non-profit organisation, which works in slums across the continent to provide community development programmes and promote social action and political advocacy. This work is carried out with the support of volunteers, who commit to overcoming the realities within their own countries and are united in the belief that change is possible.
What does TECHO mean?
Techo is the Spanish word for “roof” and refers to the fact that one of our organisation’s principal modes of interaction is the construction of transitional houses.
What is TECHO’s principal objective?
TECHO’s main objective is to overcome poverty and, as mentioned in its vision, to create a fair and poverty free society, where everyone has the opportunities needed to develop their capacities and fully exercise their rights.
Is TECHO the same as ‘Un Techo para mi País’?
Yes. We were founded under the name ‘Un Techo para mi Pais’ but have since changed our name and rebranded our institution. That said we maintain the same institutional objectives.
How do you define slum/settlement?
TECHO defines a slum as a group of 8 or more families living on an irregular piece of land, which lacks at least one of the following fundamental amenities: electricity, water or sewage system.
Are you in some way related to or a part of the Catholic Church?
TECHO was initially a movement that was closely supported by The Church of the Society of Jesus, with Cristian del Campo playing a particularly fundamental role in the organisation’s establishment. That said, the Catholic Church does interfere in anyway in the work that TECHO caries out in slums. At TECHO, everyone is invited to participate without discrimination, regardless of his or her beliefs, sexual orientation and culture.
Is TECHO linked to any political party?
No. TECHO is a non-political organisation. That said, through the work of volunteers and families living in slums Techo does seek to generate governmental policy and advocacy changes.
In which countries is TECHO present?
TECHO is present in 19 countries in Latin America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Panama, Peru, Dominican Republic, Uruguay, Venezuela. TECHO also has fundraising offices in Miami and New York and a European office in London, UK.
2. COMMUNITY INTERVENTION MODEL
What is TECHO’s working model?
The community intervention of TECHO focuses on the most excluded slums, combining the joint force of slum residents and youth volunteers, who unite to generate concrete solutions to the issue of poverty. In doing so TECHO promotes community development and strengthening.
Who benefits from TECHO’s plans and programmes?
Those families that live in slums in which TECHO works can benefit from, propose and partake in the organisation’s developmental programmes.
How do families partake in the whole of the implementation process?
The families are involved from the first phase of our intervention, as TECHO’s intervention model begins with social research and the assignation of transitional houses. TECHO’s Social Inclusion Programs are then jointly management solutions by the organisation and the beneficiaries. In addition, families are responsible for 10% of the cost of the transitional home that TECHO constructs for them – in order o create a greater sense of being.
3. VOLUNTEER BASE
Who are TECHO volunteers?
TECHO volunteers are all people who feel the urge to change the reality of their country. TECHO focuses upon enrolling the support of young people that are currently enrolled in higher education facilities, and who are studying technical careers and/or college degrees.
What characterises a TECHO volunteer?
TECHO volunteers are young people who believe that change in their countries is possible and overcoming poverty in the region is an attainable goal. They are committed to the families of the slums in which they are working in.
What does TECHO ask of their volunteers?
TECHO asks that volunteers commit in a continuous and professional manner to the organisation’s work in the slums in a professional manner.
Who can volunteer?
Anyone who wishes to volunteer with TECHO may do so. That said most of our volunteers are younger than 30 as all of our volunteer recruitment campaigns are conducted in universities.
What does TECHO seek with their volunteers?
There are three axes to TECHO’s volunteer engagement and training programmes:
- Personal: Volunteers should understand the causes and consequences of poverty and commit to overcoming these issues.
- Technical: Volunteers should possess the necessary tools and knowledge on TECHO’s intervention model, a proactive attitude towards investigation and have good knowledge of the political and social system in their country.
- Citizenship: strengthening of democracy, citizen participation and focus on human rights.
When do TECHO activities run?
This varies depending on the location and country. Accordingly, to get more information regarding activities in your country you should contact the local office.
How can I participate?
Once you register your interest on your country’s website, you will find a brief form that you will need to fill in. If you don’t have time and still want to be part of TECHO’s community, you can become a TECHO FRIEND by donating monthly. To join our TECHO friend network click here.
How is TECHO financed?
TECHO is financed through different alliances with companies, international corporations, individual monthly donors, and through various fundraising campaigns and events.
Who are your principal partners?
Our main partners are IDB (Inter-American Development Bank) through the MIF (Multilateral Investment Fund), Burson Marsteller, Boston Consulting Group, Deloitte, Young & Rubicam and DHL.
How can I contribute?
5. TECHO FRIEND
What is a TECHO Friend?
A TECHO Friend is someone who donates a monthly and fixed amount of money to the organisation. To find out more
When will my credit or debit card be charged?
Your credit or debit card will be charged (monthly) on the same day as your initial donation.
Am I automatically renewed every year?
No, you will be contacted by one of our team members to renew your membership the month before your last payment is due.
How do I change the amount of my donation, the credit or debit card I use or cancel my plan?
In order to change the amount of your donation, the credit or debit card that you use or cancel your plan, you will have to contact de Director of Community Giving.
How do I become a member of the TECHO Friend network?
You will become a member of the TECHO Friend network by donating monthly.
How can I claim this gift on my taxes?
Each January, we will send you a statement for your taxes, reporting the sum you have contributed to TECHO during the previous calendar year.
What is the minimum monthly donation amount?
There is no minimum monthly donation. However, the families that we work with live with under $1 a day. Therefore, we urge you to donate this amount: $1 a day, $30 a month.
What percentage of my donations reaches the families?
90 cents of every $1 goes straight to the families. Whether it is in the form of a construction or social inclusion programs, it always reaches the family. The remaining 10 cents is spent on back-office expenses, which include office space and salaries.
Can I choose where my donations will go?
Yes, in the checkout page you can type in the country of your preference.
Are donations tax-deductible?
Yes, every donation is tax-deductible.
Will I get a receipt?
Yes, for every donation made, you will automatically receive an online receipt to your email account.
Is monthly giving helpful to TECHO?
Your monthly giving to TECHO is a total lifeline to all aspects of our work. Thanks to the commitment of our TECHO Friends, a steady stream of funding is available for services like rapid response to natural disasters, constructions and on-going social programs in the slums. Without TECHO Friends, there would be no TECHO.