Cementos Argos, a cement company part of Groupo Argos, the Secretariat of Social Pastoral of the Archdiocese of Sincelejo, and ACD Consultores have contributed to the Healthy Floors programme. The programme aims to improve the lives of 84 families in the urban areas of Toluviejo, San Rafael, and La Granja.
The project replaced sand and dirt floors with concrete floors, improving to the quality of life of the communities, as well as aiding a reduction in diseases, particularly for children.
Cementos Argos donated 1300 bags of cement and MXN10 million. The ACD Consultores company also contributed MXN10 million, while the Secretariat of Social Pastoral of Sincelejo selected families and coordinated the project.
Over months, members of the families worked to replace the sand, mud, and earth with concrete floors. This had the effect of improving the physical environment of the houses and offering better hygiene conditions for the health of the population. This is particularly the case as sand is thought to be a breeding ground for insects, parasites, viruses, and bacteria.
“In Cementos Argos, we not only trust in a sustainable future, we build it and for this we are very happy to know that this programme is transforming the lives of so many people, because not only do we develop it here in Colombia, but we also execute it transversally in Honduras and the Dominican Republic,” said Tomás Restrepo, Vice President of Regional Colombia for Argos. “The best thing about Healthy Floors is that this is a collaborative project where families also contribute personally to improve the environments of their homes, they also obtained technical knowledge that will serve them for the future.”
“I am happy because my house was previously below the level of the street and the water got in,” said Ferdelis Ríos, beneficiary of the Healthy Floors programme. “This project has again raised the floor and my baby can crawl and walk.”
More than 4500 families have benefitted from the Healthy Floors programme since 2014.
Read the article online at: https://www.worldcement.com/the-americas/23102018/cementos-argos-contributes-to-healthy-floors-programme/