There is plenty enough research showing that growing up in an unsafe environment not only affects children’s health seriously but also as a result of this their attendance at school (and ability to get a degree or diploma).
Ana Maria and Rodrel live with their three small children, Shanely, Marlon and Alan in a neighbourhood nestled in the centre of Chichicastenango, Guatemala.
When families have a home where they feel safe and secure they will draw together as a family unit to love and support one another.
There is also an added sense of pride and dignity that comes with a decent home which translates to a hopefulness for the future well being and success of the family.
It is a catalyst for civic activism and a stimulus for community-based organisations.
This is why one of our main priorities and challenges for the next decade is to tackle the growth of slums across the world.
Their unity is now infiltrating through every generation.
Rosily’s 13-year-old son Sujih certainly wants to help continue to strengthen the community that supports one another through thick and thin. “I want to help others and take care of my parents when I grow up.
For the past year their rented house was so cold and damp that their youngest son, just nine months old, suffered with bronchitis.
The family also had to share a bathroom and outdoor kitchen leading to restricted use of the facilities and conflict with other families.