Weatherizers Without Borders creates better homes in Latin America

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CHRISTIANSBURG (WSLS 10) - A local housing organization is making a difference for families around the world by helping them create safer, healthier conditions in their homes. 

Community Housing Partners in Christiansburg is one of the nation's leading training sites and sponsors of a new program called Weatherizers Without Borders. This group is reaching out to Latin American countries to improve living conditions for low income families.  

Mark Jackson with Community Housing Partners explained what the program does; saying, "everything from the outside to the inside, how air moves in and out of the house. They look at carbon monoxide, indoor air quality."

Jackson went on to explain that over 90-percent of children in these countries have asthma. 
After the team's most recent project in Argentina to address dangerous air quality, insulation and electrical issues, Jackson said they saw less medical visits, less missed work and less missed school days from residents they helped. 

A representative from Argentina recently visited with the group to translate home safety training videos into Spanish. The training videos should be ready for distribution to many countries this summer.  

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