A Brighter Future


Can infrastructure help improve opportunities for children?  
Can it help to instill confidence?
Can it provide dignity?



1.Local governments work with communities to identify families who are most in need of help. 

 2. UNOPS assesses each home, focusing on sustainability factors – for example, families must own their homes, buildings must meet minimum safety standards and be in a stable geographic location. 

 3. Families who meet the criteria are allocated approximately $3,000 each to improve their homes. This sum can be divided between a kitchen, a bathroom, a roof, a floor or an extension in any way. 

 4. A UNOPS engineer works with a social worker and each family to design individual plans to upgrade each property. This is based on the family’s needs, social priorities in the home or community, and the best architectural options. 

5. Once plans are agreed it takes ar​ound four weeks to upgrade each home.



Investing in homes to reduce poverty and hunger

In the second chapter of this four-part series, we look into the lives of two families taking part in a Government project to improve 50,000 homes nationwide. Here, we see how social housing can go beyond simply building better places to live, to provide real economic benefits. ​​

Nurturing the seeds of stability

In the first of a four-part series covering different perspectives on one project, we explore a story of one community taking part in a Government project to improve 50,000 homes nationwide, through the eyes of Luis Alfredo Torres Redondo – a community leader known as Lucho.​