July 2017


In July of 2017, a team of 24 participants travelled to Argentina to work on humanitarian engineering projects in the youth sector.

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La Plata, Argentina

The Comedor Infantíl is run by the tireless Maria Magdalena at her home in the outskirts of La Plata. Three times a week she and a team of volunteers provide food and clothing for more than 100 children and their parents.

The project involves the construction of a two-storey dining hall and indoor kitchen. This space will allow the kitchen to operate regardless of the weather and provide a safe space for the women and youth of La Plata.

A team of eight students worked on the structural steelwork, brickwork and roofing elements.

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Quilmes, Argentina

In some parts of Quilmes there are significant social issues caused by the lack of access to education and youth spaces for young children, who often take to roaming the streets. The child care centre “Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza” (Our Lady of Hope) provides the opportunity for youth to interact and grow in a positive environment. They provide academic support, mentoring, arts and music workshops, and healthcare, among other activities.

The existing centre was in a state of disrepair that threatening the operation of the facility. 

The project involves involve the addition of new infrastructure, building of a multi-purpose room and remediation of existing facilities to allow the organisation to expand its activities and cater for more children.

The program participants worked on finishing the brickwork of the structure, as well as constructing structural concrete elements such as beams and columns.

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Cárcova, Argentina

Approximately one hour north of the city centre, Cárcova is home to the oldest slum in Buenos Aires and  struggles with socio-economic issues such as poverty, domestic violence, gender inequality, drug abuse and theft. From community engagement meetings it was determined that this produces a disproportionately negative impact on single parents, who are left unable to work due to the lack of childcare facilities.

The project involves construction of a purpose-built childcare facility, constructed primarily from recycled construction materials. The facility will enable parents of babies and young children to seek work to support themselves and their family, secure that their children are in a safe, supportive environment.

In July 2017, a team of eight HEIP volunteers completed the earthworks and ground slab for the facility, and made significant progress on structural steelwork.