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Thanks to the efforts made by the workers from the Techint Group companies, 191 houses and a technical secondary school were handed over to the Mexican municipalities of Reforma de Pineda and Santiago Laollaga.

Flanked by the Governor of the State of Oaxaca, Alejandro Murat, Guillermo Vogel spoke on behalf of the group's companies, and symbolically delivered the 191 houses which were built thanks to the funds raised by people working at TenarisTamsa, Ternium, Techint Engineering & Construction and Exiros, as well as to the contribution from the Mexican Housing Fund (FONHAPO) for the victims of the September 2017 earthquakes. The beneficiaries are those affected by the earthquakes that occurred in September 2017 in the municipalities of Reforma de Pineada and Santiago Laollaga, in the state of Oaxaca.

"You came back a year later to fulfill your promise, all thanks to the foundation and the companies which made donations. You gave us hope at a moment of great misfortune: hope that a house could be built so we could return to our lives as before. Today we can say we finally have a place to call our own, our house," said Maibeth Cano Ángel, from Santiago Laollaga.

The construction of the houses began in June 2018. They each have a surface area of 43 square meters with 2 bedrooms, 1 multipurpose room, a kitchenette and bathroom; and they were built on the land belonging to the beneficiaries. The technical secondary school, which serves 80 students, underwent a total overhaul, with new walls, bathrooms, waterproofing as well as new air conditioning units.

The Proviváh Trust, was chosen to execute the works in both municipalities, which received the benefits because of the significant damage they had suffered during the September 2017 earthquakes and their own very limited resources.  

Graciela Ivon Torres, from the municipality of Reforma de Pineda said that: "We are delighted as we finally have our own house, all of us together - my sister, grandpa, mother and my son and I, so we are very grateful to everyone who made this possible."

With the money raised, 191 houses were built.