Habitat Nicaragua’s latest repairs campaign approaches home improvement from a child’s point of view. The initiative addresses a housing issue currently facing more than 45 percent of Nicaraguan families: the lack of a proper floor.
Un Piso para Jugar — “A Floor to Play On” — will provide 100 healthy, concrete floors for 100 extremely low-income families across the country. For many children, dirt floors translate into diarrhea, skin and respiratory diseases — health issues that can be easily avoided by the simple installation of concrete.
These issues can be magnified for younger children. Today, thousands of Nicaraguan toddlers living in poverty are missing a formative development phase, as mothers — rightly fearing potential illnesses — prevent their youngsters from crawling on dirt floors. New concrete flooring means freedom, a safe place for children to play and for families to gather.