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Reception at the City Hall for Sahrawi children and their host families 2019 (22/07/2019)

Sahrawi children with their host families have been received this morning in the Plenary Hall of the City Council of Torre Pacheco, by the Councilor for Social Services, María José López, and members of the Municipal Corporation.

The children were accompanied by the president of the Association of Friends of the Saharawi People of the Mar Menor, Rocío Árdil, and the secretary of the Mar Menor Friendship and Solidarity Association, Fuensanta Postigo.

The Association of Friendship and Solidarity with the Saharawi People "Mar Menor" is a Democratic Non-Governmental Organization for Development Cooperation that works with the Sahrawi population in the refugee camps of Tindouf, Algeria since 1997. Since its creation, the association , has carried out different projects, among which is "Vacations in Peace."

The project "Vacations in Peace", aims to give Saharawi children the possibility of substantially improving their health, through the improvement of diet and medical check-ups, the possibility of having another image of the world, different from those that contribute their daily reality in the desert and, in general, cover the main shortcomings of these minors, living a few months away from the harsh conditions of the camps.

The president of the Association of Friends of the Saharawi People of the Mar Menor, Rocío Ardil, thanked the City Council for the collaboration with the Saharawi people, pointing out that through this project, the awareness of the residents of Torre Pacheco is sought before this social reality , and of course, the creation of affective bonds between the two families.

The ages of children range from 9 to 12 years, and the period of their stay is from July 2 to September 2, with a total of 53 children in the Region of Murcia.

The summer there is very hot, and easily exceeds 50 degrees, so they are brought in these dates, in addition to coinciding with the holiday period.

During their stay, children have medical, dental and ophthalmological visits to have their health checked and solve any problem they may have.

The children welcomed will enjoy this summer a time away from the precarious conditions and high temperatures that support in this time in the camps, as well as a balanced diet, the sea or the pool.

For its part, the Councilor for Social Services, after welcoming, indicated that it is a satisfaction to collaborate with the Friendship and Solidarity Association with the Mar Menor Saharawi People, thanking the families for their involvement, their effort and dedication in this project.

In addition, he thanked the collaborating companies of the municipality such as Oxford Optics and Dental Clinic Square of the Church of Torre Pacheco, which contribute free of charge with the medical check-ups of the children, and Caramelos Cerdán that makes a visit to the facilities, being a of the most fun activities for children.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Torre Pacheco

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