Centro Comunitario “Nuevos Horizontes” (Punta Alta) Argentina

In 1993 a group of young people of the city of Punta Alta motivated by the ideal of building a more united world, began working with children at risk in the Fonavi neighborhood. Thanks to this work with the community the need emerged for a physical space that could act as a place of encounter, where children, youth and adults could channel their talents, discover true values, recognize their abilities, and feel part of society and of a project for the future.

In 1995, the initiative is presented in “New Families” (branch of the Focolare Movement), in particular the international project “Solidarity at a Distance”. The response was quick and 100 sponsors began to contribute through a monthly fee.
Therefore some land was bought near “New Horizons Social Centre”.

STRUCTURE:
The center consists of a multi-purpose room (SUM), kitchen, bathroom, medical room with a waiting room, 2 work cabinets, and a house where the caretaker lives; there additional space for storage and laboratories. There is a 40m x 30 m green space for outdoor activities.

ACTIVITY:
Workshops: ecology – the prevention of child sexual abuse – Values – dialogue with adolescents – school support/painting. Services: Delivery of clothing. Health: Nursing – Clinical care – psychology.
The center has several recreational areas, sports, games, toy library; There is also close collaborationwith families in the neighborhood through which who their needscan be assessed and they can be accompanied

POSSIBLE SERVICE AREAS:
Volunteers are placed in the existing activities for school children and those at risk.

Lodging information:
Positions available: 2 men and 2 women. Available period: from February to December.