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The necessary reconstruction after the fires

Every year, we continue to see this misfortune haunting all who live in forest and bush regions and, every year, we speak again of the necessary reconstruction after the fires.





Another summer has passed by, leaving a sad trail of destruction, with lives, forests and houses consumed by flames. Another summer has passed, without a real political fight against the devastation that has been and continues to be seen, and without real effective support for all those who saw their homes, families and livelihoods disappear.


The project created by me and supported by the entire team at Almeida Fernandes Arquitetura & Design - CAuSA - was created after the terrible fires of 2017, precisely to give new hope to the victims. We do this by building multipurpose agricultural outbuildings, inspired by the traditional construction of the northern granaries model, reusing burnt wood, which was recovered in local sawmills.


Every year, we continue to see this misfortune haunting all who live in forest and bush regions and, every year, we speak again of the necessary reconstruction after the fires.


In that first summer, CAuSA worked with other associations, such as Just a Change, in the rehabilitation and reconstruction of dozens of houses, also helping regional contractors, by hiring them. But we cannot forget those who lost all their means of living, those who were not homeless, but who were left without their crops, animals, machinery and warehouses.


CAuSA continues to operate and support the necessary reconstruction after the fires, and we are not only talking about the reconstruction of shelters and civil construction, but also the necessary reconstruction of livelihoods and support links for all those who were weakened.


There needs to be an effective reconstruction of lives, with all that this implies, whether through support networks, links between those looking for products and services and those who have them to give/sell, or even through the combination of different associations to a multifaceted help.


It is a continuous work, throughout the year, but after the devastation of the summer, we are always painfully reminded that an effective reconstruction is necessary after the fires.