|Contributions of Youth to the Implementation of the Habitat Agenda (HABITAT, 1999, 137 p.)|
|PART I: OVERVIEW OF NATIONAL REPORTS AND LESSONS LEARNT|
Preparation of national reports concerning youth contributions to human settlements development is the focus of cooperation between UNCHS (Habitat) and YFHIN for the 1998-1999 biennium. These reports are aimed at identifying the situation of youth vis-is living conditions in cities as perceived by themselves and elaborate on youth activities undertaken for the implementation of the Habitat Agenda. These reports will be used as references for exchange of experience and information between youth organizations in different regions and will be utilized for further research studies on youth and human settlements development.
Community Ice Cream Parlour, Brazil
Located in Fortaleza (Brazil), young people in the community - with support from the residents association - decided to look for a solution for unemployment in the community. They built a small ice cream factory, which employs 30 young people from the neighbourhood. With help from some church entities, they initially built a small building to house the factory on a residents association plot of land, and later they were able to obtain the equipment and commenced working together. Many of these young people who were on the streets, are now working and helping their families. About 50 families sell the products.
The factory produces approximately 80 litres of ice cream per day, and it is already financially independent. They have already completed an extension that will help increase production. This project had the support of the NGO-Cearah Periferia, which provided them with the loan for the extension.
Youth representatives (organizations) have prepared these reports according to the general guidance provided by UNCHS (Habitat) and the Secretariat of the YFHIN. The secretariat of the YFHIN has also prepared the general evaluation part of these national reports (Part I). All these national reports and general evaluation part are presented as prepared by their authors with only basic editing.