Rain is falling on the roof of Dona Alba's, and there is no way you can understand your own words anymore. The ribbed roof intensifies the sound of raindrops, and the cold penetrates even the thickest of blankets.
Dona Alba lives in a shanty, located in the far south of the capital of Colombia. She lives beneath a perforated roof, together with her father, mother, husband, and a deaf-mute son.
Her father and husband are both seriously ill, and cannot leave their bed very often. One week in September, young volunteers from Techo came from the north of Bogota, the richest sector of the city, to the shanty town called "Paradise", to build a decent roof for the family. Most of the volunteers study at very expensive, private universities, but here, they get dirty and build an emergency house in two days. The new shelter is built on stilts, in order to resist the water from above, and below. The way the house is built, gives it a better protection against cold, and provides a better residence for the family.
The results of this work won't last for eternity, though.