CDUK received £10,000 from Exotix Ltd so that we could build and equip a Woman & Child Development Center in partnership with the Carlos Almiron Cooperative in Florencia Varella, a shanty town on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The building was constructed by the local community in consultation with one of our trustees and has large community room, kitchen and an organic garden with an orchard to supplement the poor diet of the residents.
The Center annually supports 100 mothers with young children, many of whom are victims of violence and abuse.
The Center provides emotional, educational and social support, respite and useful training workshops. The emphasis is on self help activities which lead to a financially productive and safer future.
Morning activities with professional social workers, psychologists and lawyers, discuss addiction, violence and anger management, sexual health and hygiene, AID's/HIV and family planning, childcare and parenting skills, legal rights, employment opportunities, budgeting and nutrition. Afternoons focus on the creative arts and culture, reading writing, local industries, gardening and care of the environment.
CDUK's grant paid for the construction of the building and for the professionals to assist clients for 6 months until the Argentine government took over the running of the project.