-AROUND THE WORLD WITH AN EYE FOR SOLIDARITY-.
Traveling by bicycle means traveling slowly and without haste, for that reason there are places where my trip is detained longer.
At that moment the possibilities open up to start up photography and documentary video projects that I offer to the foundations that work in the place and where my own projects also arise to help improve the quality of life of the most disadvantaged by various social problems, it is my bit of sand.
In the middle of the Iguazu Falls, in a place recognized as one of the 7 wonders of humanity, children live in garbage dumps, many of them with malnutrition. You will be unaware of this reality because the local governments hide this problem from tourism.
During my stay as a volunteer in a hostel in the city I started a project to give a voice to these children and initiated a campaign to receive donations of food in the various hotels in the city. In this way I intended to create awareness and critical thinking to the visitors of the place and generate a dynamic of collaboration to improve the lives of these children.
Puerto Iguazú, in the north of Argentina, as I said before, is one of the most famous places in the world due to the waterfalls that bear its name.
It is a place where millions of dollars are generated from tourism, but which do not result in an improvement in the standard of living of its citizens.
In this city there are daily power cuts, drinking water does not reach many parts of the city, and when it rains the sewage system overflows, which in reality ends up running over the surface and causing sanitary problems.
They were The Landless, now they have some land to put their precarious house but they are still the forgotten ones, they are the invisible ones.
I have been fortunate to meet Ricardo Aranda, a citizen with no other ambition than to improve the lives of these people mistreated by indifference and unfairly branded as profiteers of the system for receiving little or no aid, not at the national level but at the municipal level.
Together with Ricardo Aranda, his family, and other traveling volunteers we will work to organize a network of help that can remain in time and in the not too distant future begin to implement education programs through training workshops that allow food self-sufficiency and income improvement.
There will be volunteers specialized in permaculture, social and solidarity economy that will help the development of the project and its sustainability, thus ensuring that these children have a decent life and a future.
The first phase is to feed these children and start with training workshops for parents in order to generate a sustainable economy.
To do this we have divided the way you can help into two sections.
One is the monetary one where the funds raised are used to have a food bank with which Ricardo Aranda and local volunteers can cook and feed the children.
Later on we want to consolidate as a foundation but we need a push to be able to do it!
We have a space where we intend to give training workshops for parents. These workshops are pastry and bakery, as well as handicrafts and permaculture. The latter will teach them to grow their own food and thus obtain food sovereignty. In this space we also want to build a bigger kitchen so that we can help more children.
A part of these funds will also be used to improve the roofs of the houses to cover them from the rains, as well as to build latrines with sanitation to avoid diseases. (All the expenses destined to the workshops as well as each one of the processes will be audited).
The other way to help is by volunteering. This form of collaboration is for all those travelers who come to Iguazu Falls or its surroundings and who want to contribute a part of their time and collaborate directly.
We need all kinds of professionals. Preferably people with experience in ;
And all people who have experience with children and who can contribute to the community. For volunteer applications you can fill out the contact form at the bottom of this page.
We want to make known this invisible problem that hides the children who go hungry in Iguazu.
When food arrives to these forgotten areas, the eyes of the children who receive it reflect again this lost hope and smile.
“The opposite of love is not hate, it is indifference. The opposite of beauty is not ugliness, it is indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it is indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, but indifference between life and death.”
THE CHILDREN'S HOUSE
The Children’s House Foundation was born from the desire to offer social assistance and comprehensive training to priority groups such as children and adolescents who are in situations of greater vulnerability of their rights such as food, housing and studies.
Since March 2020, it opened its doors in the neighborhood of San Joaquin in Cuenca, Ecuador, working with more than 40 children and adolescents from the age of 5 to 13 years, through different projects that aim to improve and contribute to their educational development, comprehensive training, health, safety and welfare through academic and psychological support, workshops, medical service and food (with a dining room), thus providing the necessary tools so that tomorrow they can change their lives and have a better chance to grow up healthier and happier.
This foundation, being a non-profit organization, is able to offer all these services thanks to the donations and contributions that come from people who generously support this project.
Your contribution will make it possible for these children and adolescents to acquire the necessary tools to have a better future.
This is a collaboration through my photography and video with the aim of raising funds for the foundation La Casa de los Niños in Cuenca, Ecuador.
At this moment we are working on the way to establish the donations but if you want to collaborate please send me an email and I will contact you.