ECONOMIC AND DIPLOMATIC COMMUNITIES IN SOUTH FLORIDA JOINED TECHO TO OVERCOME EXTREME POVERTY DURING THE FIRST LATINAMERICAN CULTURAL FAIR
Latin-American Consulates and Chambers of Commerce participated in the event and showed how they are impacting the local area. Their goal was to increase awareness and raise funds in order to change the extreme poverty situation that 73 million people across Latin-America live in.
MIAMI July 12, 2012- TECHO’s first Latin-American Cultural Fair took place last night. Nicolás Berardi, CEO of TECHO-U.S. described the event as “Having the Chambers of Commerce and the Consulates host an event around eradicating poverty is reassuring in how TECHO is making poverty a top-priority in the public agenda”. The Latin-American Cultural Fair is a social initiative that aims to raise awareness regarding the poverty situation in Latin America.
The Fair was a family friendly event that was open to the general public and guests were able to network with South Florida’s economic and diplomatic leaders, enjoy festive performances, taste delicious cuisines from around the world, and learn about TECHO’s mission directly from their CEO.
The event took place in 1400 Biscayne Center in Miami; it was created by TECHO, and sponsored by Espacio USA, Kukaramakara, Raw Foods and Viña Ventisquero. Additionally, it counted with the participation of the following Consulates and Chambers of Commerce: Bolivian Consulate, Costa Rican Consulate, Mexican Consulate, Guatemalan Consulate, Peruvian Consulate, Dominican Republic Consulate, Panamanian Consulate, Colombian American Chamber of Commerce and PRO Chile.
More than 50 guests participated and over 6o youth volunteers collaborated during the event. Preliminary numbers state that around USD $4.000 were fundraised in order to promote community development in slums.
The General Consul of Chile, Juan Luis Nilo, who has been supporting TECHO since its beginnings in 1997, assisted the event and reaffirmed his conviction towards TECHO’s mission and the urgency to involve all sectors of society in the fight against extreme poverty: “The Chilean community of Miami lives and vibrates with the TECHO project and supports the activities organized by such an honorable institution in order to help those less favored in our Latin-American continent, by connecting different actors of the most diverse occupations and areas.”
Berardi enhanced: “Miami has often been named the capital of Latin America. As such, it must take the leadership in the fight against poverty. The Cultural Fair is one sign of how TECHO is engaging the local community is doing so.”