TECHO is a youth led non-profit organization present in Latin America & the Caribbean. Through the collaborative work of families living in extreme poverty with youth volunteers, TECHO seeks to overcome poverty in slums. TECHO is convinced that poverty can be permanently eradicated if society as a whole recognizes poverty as a priority and actively works towards overcoming it.
n 1997 a group of young people began working towards the dream of overcoming poverty. The sense of urgency that existed in these slums massively mobilized them to build transitional houses together with the families that were living in these unacceptable conditions. This initiative became an institutional challenge that today is shared across the continent. Since its beginnings in Chile, TECHO undertook an expansion, and after 15 years has maintained operations in 19 countries across Latin America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Dominican Republic, Uruguay and Venezuela.
TECHO is born everyday from the encounters of volunteers and families living in slums, working together to overcome poverty and exclusion. TECHI believes a home means more than a house. It means health, education, personal development, overcoming poverty and income generation, women empowerment, security for families and the possibility of inspiring a community to overcome this situation together.