Extreme poverty has plagued the hardworking families living in León, Nicaragua for many years. The majority of the families effected by the poverty live in “Settlements” on the outskirts of the city. Each morning members of the settlement travel to the heart of the city selling baked goods, clothing, and newspapers to provide for their families. Every night they return to their homes made of plastic tarps, rotting wood or if they are lucky enough, sheet metal. Michelle Chavez is a member of Techo, an organization that believes adequate housing is the first step towards self-reliance. Upon searching these settlements she finds a family of three living in a house that has to be evacuated every time it rains. "Ignorar No Resuelve. El Asentamiento Existe" (Ignoring Doesn’t Solve. The Settlement Exists) is the slogan chosen by Techo but it’s more than a slogan it’s a call to action for the citizens of Leon to acknowledge the existence of the conditions of the settlements and actively work to change them.

Find out more at techo.org/paises/nicaragua/

This video was produced on location by an Actuality Media student crew and shot primarily with a Canon XA10.

Director & Editor: Elishia McAllister
Producer: Tucker Gragg
Cinematographer: Laura Boyd

Actuality Media is on the ground with every student crew to oversee production of these short documentaries, providing the services of executive producer, production manager, location scout, additional editing, and whatever else is needed to complete the project.
We are more than a film study abroad program. Actuality Media is a service learning organization that takes students and young professionals abroad to create media on changemakers in developing communities around the world. Our films spread the word about nonprofits, NGOs and social entrepreneurs who are implementing innovative, new ideas to combat chronic social problems. Find out more about our work and adventures at actualitymedia.org

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