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Squatter settlements

Children step on wood

1.323

14.770

No child should be
born on a dirt floor!

m² built

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2,500 homes in Montevideo  have dirt floors . 

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Piso Digno es a foundation whose purpose is to collaborate in the improvement of the quality of life of impoverished families. 

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MISSION

Piso Digno offers an educational program where men and women are trained and educated in practical skills which allow them access to new job opportunities. The program proposes the replacement of dirt floors with wooden floors in homes where attaining adequate flooring is very difficult.

We foster role models

we build
dignity

We train youth

BOARD 

Maria Supervielle

President

Santiago Oitaben

Director

Javier Fischer

Vice president

Santiago Caramés

Director

Pablo Bartol

Director

COORDINATORS

Rubén Hernández

General coordinator

Pedro Labat

Director

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 What moves us 

Piso Digno is born out of concern for a social problem that affects thousands of Uruguayans. More than 656 squatter settlements exist in Uruguay which house more than 20.000 people and according to a report from the Ministry of Social Development (MIDES) over 7.000 people live on dirt floors.

Dirt floors are breeding grounds for bacteria and parasites which cause malnutrition and gastrointestinal disease.

The moisture which evaporates from dirt floors is responsible for different respiratory illnesses of which Uruguay ranks high on global contagion rates and are the cause of a large part of school absenteeism.    

Poor flooring conditions discourage parents during their children’s first stages as those involve the act of crawling: a key aspect  to motor and brain development.

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Our floors

100 micron nylon

River Red Gum studs

Eucalyptus grandis joists

pine boards

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