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Cementos Argos’ Healthy Environments programme helps 300 Cartagena inhabitants

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About 300 inhabitants of the Pasacaballos district, in Cartagena (Bolívar), participated in the Healthy Environments programme that Cementos Argos, in alliance with the Pastoral Social of the Archdiocese of Cartagena and SENA, developed in the northern part of the country. The project was developed to help inhabitants cope with the winter wave in safer and more dignified conditions. Likewise, and thanks to the participation of the community in the self-construction processes, a road improvement of 50 linear meters was carried out through the model of precast concrete pavers.

“At Argos we are convinced that the creation of social value has much more impact when we ally ourselves with other institutions and with our neighbouring communities. In particular, in this project we saw that the installation of the concrete floors allowed them to mitigate the effects of the recent rains. What we like the most is that it is a collaborative project where families, in addition to contributing personally to improve the environments of their homes, also obtained technical knowledge that will serve them for the future ”, added Alberto Carlos Riobó, Manager of the Cartagena de Cementos Plant Argus.

For months, members of the families were trained by SENA in basic construction and put all their effort and labour into replacing the sand, mud and earth with concrete floors, which not only improves the physical environment and safety of the houses, but also offers better hygiene and health conditions for the population, since the sand floors can be breeding sites for insects, parasites, viruses and bacteria that affect health, especially of children due to their constant contact with this surface.

In total, in the last five years, Cementos Argos has contributed to the improvement of around 1000 homes in the department of Bolívar.

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