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Miami Dade College Students Join TECHO International Organization to Address Poverty in Latin America


Miami, September 24, 2013 - This Hispanic Heritage Month, Miami Dade College (MDC) will join forces with TECHO, a youth-led nonprofit organization active in 19 countries across Latin America and the Caribbean working to overcome poverty in slums, for the organization’s first COLECTA fundraiser in Miami all day on Saturday, Sept. 28.

One thousand youth volunteers, including MDC students, will hit the streets at more than 50 locations throughout the county collecting donations to fund the construction of 100 emergency houses in Latin America through TECHO. They will also be handing out information to raise awareness about the living conditions of millions of families in extreme poverty. At the same time, TECHO will broadcast a live feed of the construction of a transitional house in a slum in Paraguay through screens on the streets. The live feed will also be available at    

TECHO has organized COLECTA fundraisers in the past all over Latin American, including Guatemala, Costa Rica, Chile, and Argentina. The donations have made it possible for thousands of people living in extreme poverty to have a home. To learn more, visit  

The COLECTA in Miami is sponsored by MDC, Univision and The Knight Foundation. 

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino Florin, 305-237-3949,, MDC media relations director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist
Kai Hill, 305-237-3359,, media specialist
Roxana Romero, 305-237-3366,, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482,

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