The charitable objective of the Society is to reach and help small social organizations which are committed to improve the conditions of people who live in poverty and destitution. The Anglo-Argentine Society focuses on geographical areas of greatest need throughout Argentina and identifies charitable groups which encourage self-help and education in their particular communities, with an emphasis on the relief and support of children and young people. The Society aims to increase the amount of donations in the future in order to make an even larger impact and real difference on the lives of the recipients. Any donation by you would be greatly appreciated as it will help us to go further on our commitment to help the underprivileged in Argentina.
The AAS is proud to have joined efforts in 2015 with the charity Association of Argentine Professionals in the UK (APARU) to support Alegría Ahora in Córdoba, Argentina.
“Alegría Ahora Foundation” provides primary school education and comprehensive support to youths and adults who, due to severe poverty, could never attend school or were unable to finish it.
Fundación “Alegría Ahora” es una Escuela Primaria de Educación de Jóvenes y Adultos.
Una escuela pensada para quienes necesitan hacer y terminar la primaria, y para quienes necesitan un refugio, un lugar de encuentro personal y colectivo. Personal, porque miran a cada uno en sus particularidades y así es posible trabajar la autoestima para luego valorar y reconocer a los demás. Y colectivo porque también es su sello, como necesidad social que nos humanice, nos haga ser mejores.
Esta escuela nació hace 13 años a partir de la necesidad de brindar desde el sistema educativo formal una educación inclusiva que contemplara la compleja problemática socioeconómica cultural por la que atraviesan los alumnos.
En lo curricular incluyen y desarrollan actividades con el fin de posibilitar que sus estudiantes adquieran herramientas concretas que puedan reducir la brecha de la desigualdad histórica que atraviesan.
Creen que el sistema educativo es insuficiente para dar respuestas a estas problemáticas, por lo que decidieron en el 2012 conformarse como Fundación, para fortalecer y ampliar las actividades desde un marco institucional que les permitiera a través poder cubrir el apoyo económico para educación, capacitación laboral, salud y acceso a diversos circuitos de cultura.
Actualmente trabajan con 40 estudiantes, muchos de las cuales al concurrir con sus hijos y hermanos, el número de personas que asisten diariamente se eleva con edades que oscilan entre recién nacidos y 50 años.
LA AAS apoya los siguientes proyectos.
- Educativo Artístico y Cultural, con talleres de música, arte, trabajo, educación física, animación a lectura y apoyo docente de educación primaria y preescolar. Estos talleres tienen una duración de 12 meses con una frecuencia semanal. Con un tallerista a cargo del desarrollo de cada propuesta. Esta solicitud incluye los recursos humanos y los materiales necesarios para la implementación de los mismos.
- Proyecto agenda libro Alegría Ahora:
La agenda libro es el proyecto institucional, para el adentro y el afuera de la escuela: es una de sus más potentes herramientas pedagógicas. La elaboración se lleva adelante la primer parte del año junto a los estudiantes y el equipo completo de trabajo de la fundación. Se deciden cuáles son los temas, a quienes se invita a escribir y en especial que se va decir. En la agenda libro se relata sobre esta escuela, sobre la dura realidad y como se reinventa la vida, siempre con la educación como el principal pilar.
Former charitable support donated by the AAS to social organizations in Argentina
San Felipe Group Foundation was created to unite people who value education and recognize it as an engine of change.Currently there are over 60 volunteers, mostly young professionals or students, who want to give part of their lives to benefit others in need by collaborating with their time and knowledge so that more young people have the opportunity to access a better education. Their goals have also been to help and encourage impoverished communities to transform their well being and social standing based on equality of opportunity. The Charity’s history began in 2004 by a group of young professionals who created the nucleus of people willing to actively work on educational projects. The first project was a college scholarship programme for children from Añatuya (Santiago del Estero). A few years later the charity expanded to encompass the neighbourhood of Retiro No. 31 (Buenos Aires). In 2008, Grupo San Felipe formally became a Foundation, and by that time had already in hand programmes in Añatuya as well as the counseling, training and orientation of teachers. The Foundation has always worked in areas of low socio-economic resources of Argentina.
Since its inception, the Foundation has grown steadily in the number of volunteers, and has developed innovative projects in education. In addition to its main core activities, the Foundation is also currently in the process of building an IT centre for the children in need, and it also has a professional psychologist who is able to give help and assistance to children by providing a better understanding of themselves during their difficult transitional years before embarking into the real world of job opportunities open to them as a result of their achievements. The Foundation has been recognized several times for its outstanding work and achievements. It has further signed cooperation agreements with the Southern University and the Universidad Católica Argentina, and has additionally collaborated with the exchange programme of the Centre for Latin American Studies at Harvard University. The Society has very strong and continuous links with the activities of The Foundation, principally through Santiago Garcia Costa, an Argentine lawyer, who holds an LLM from King’s College London and who also actively participated in the Society’s functions and events during his stay in London, which also included becoming a lynch-pin asador at the Society’s annual Asado.
The AAS supported El Alba. The Anglo-Argentine Society decided to give the ALAF revenues to Hogar El Alba for a 4-year period. The charitable monies raise by the Society were used to feed, lodge and educate the orphans living at the Hogar El Alba. Hogar El Alba is situated in Longchamps, Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina. It is a Christian-based children’s home on an enclosed estate, where volunteers can help with a variety of practical undertakings and childcare projects.
Gotitas de Esfuerzo. This is a charity project in the Province of Rio Negro run by a nurse and private volunteers that supplies a much needed home for children who are in desperate need of shelter and learning facilities. These children come from families who live in extreme poverty. Gotitas holds activities that include educational classes such as writing, art, crafts, etc. The money given was used for building improvements and construction work for a house that provides food and shelter for the children in grave need. It was also used towards other urgent requirements at the shelter e.g. food, clothing, learning materials.
Action is a social organisation dedicated to promoting comprehensive adult, youth and children edification through Community Development Programs. Since 2001 it operates in Los Polvorines, a Province of Buenos Aires. The programme serves a population of more than 1300 families, including 500 adults and older mature adults, 250 youths and 550 children. It works in partnership with areas of Formative Education – Sports – Recreation and in the field of Cultural /Artistic activities. Each project carried out addresses fundamental aspects of the individual. It also tackles group integration, the development of critical and creative thinking, community engagement and family ties, and at all times seeking to promote personal and community comprehensive development.