Introducing…VIVIAMO!






    

 





Viviamo!, Italian for “We live!”, is a new annual WYA project that showcases best practices in development work. In conjunction with the United Nations International Year of Habitat, we have chosen HABITAT for our 2006 theme.

Each of the five WYA Regions has identified a community-based project that is effectively building living environments which address the needs and desires of the person. These projects are chosen for their vision, effectiveness, and integration of the human needs at the heart of habitat.

By recognizing the dignity of each person at the center of the projects, successful initiatives that promote the full development of each person not only develop responses to the problems we face, but enable those who are weakest and most vulnerable to contribute to the needed solutions. 


2006 Viviamo! Selections:


Africa has selected the Nyumbani Village, a self-sustaining community being built to serve orphans and their elderly caretakers who are left behind by the “lost generation” of the AIDS pandemic. Learn more


 
Asia Pacific
has selected Gawad Kalinga, an organization building communities out of slums in the Philippines using an integrated and holistic approach. Learn more




Europe
has selected the Greek-Catholic Metropolitan Caritas (Romania), a branch of the global organisation which works to assist those in need, including the elderly, lonely, disabled and those suffering from AIDS. Learn more


 
Latin America
has selected Acortar Distancias, a program that offers street children an integral education ranging from formal learning and art classes to skills training. Learn more



North America
has selected the Katrina Cottage, an initiative for beautiful, permanent housing designed for the Gulf Coast environement in the style of local architecture – an alternative to the temporary FEMA trailers given to the victims of the 2006 Katrina Hurricane. Learn more



International showcase:
All regional projects will be showcased at the World Youth Alliance headquarters in New York on December 2,  2006.

For more information and to get involved: please contact your regional office.
For press information: please contact Anne Marie Morris 
annemarie@wya.net

Asia Pacific – tamara@wya.net
Africa – winnie@wya.net
Europe – emilia@wya.net
Latin America – lourdes@wya.net
North America – meganf@wya.net