The non-governmental development organization “La Esperanza” presents its 2018 summary and overview of the work accomplished in the past 25 years (1994-2019).
This year “La Esperanza” is celebrating its 25thanniversary and all the projects that were assisted appear in the summary of activities which appear on our webpage.
“La Esperanza” started in 1994 within the Augustinian Recollect Family and the unfailing support of the Secular Order members of Lodosa (Navarre, Spain). This year it will become part of Arcores which is the international solidarity network of the Order.
La Esperanza started helping different missions and social projects since it was founded in the town of Lodosa when their first objective was to help in the construction of Centro Esperanza, one of three centers in the Amazon dedicated to the wellbeing of children and founded by the Augustinian Recollects and the Prelature of Labrea. Then came help from Valladolid and from Pamplona, Chiclana de la Frontera (Cadiz, Spain) where there are sub delegations of this non-governmental development organization.
During the past 25 years, La Esperanza has helped in 177 projects with a total of 1,300,000 euros benefiting some 5,000 people in Brazil (70%), India (8%), Sierra Leone (8%), Kenia (6%), Spain (3%), Costa Rica (3%), Philippines, Mexico and Haiti (2%).
Added to the formal petitioning for help from public financing or private cooperation, since its beginning there have been 175 jumble sales and 65 sensitization presentations encouraging others to actively participate in development projects.
La Esperanza has been great in working within the network that connects them to regional and local governments, state parliaments; commonwealths, teachers and students in all levels (elementary to universities); companies and other associations, and non-profit organizations.
The projects where La Esperanza has been involved have been diverse according to the needs of each place, but in general, most of the help has been directed to women and children.
Help has gone to creating a water and sewage system, formal and professional education, health, housing, riverbank indigenous communities in the Amazon and promoting them as environmental protectors, and help has been directed to children especially girls and adolescents who have suffered physical and/or sexual violence in the city of Fortaleza (Brazil) where the only center available is the one run by the Augustinian Recollects.
Representatives of La Esperanza have personally visited places where projects were financed, especially in Sierra Leone and Brazil where they were able to directly see the needs of the beneficiaries before and after the financial support.
During the past year, La Esperanza has negotiated collaborative help with the city councils of Chiclana de la Frontera (Cadiz), Baztan, Cendea de Olza, Tudela, Noain, Lodosa and Huarte (Navarre), and Torreperogil (Cordoba).
Charity Bazaars have been organized in Madrid, Lodosa and Cortes (Navarre), Araia (Alava), Belorado (Burgos) and
The Arce Prize Foundation granted La Esperanza a total of 1,650 euros in donation money.
In the education for development section, the schools in Valladolid and Chiclana de la Frontera must be acknowledged for their dedicated work to benefit La Esperanza.
During 2018, three entities must be highlighted: Caritas of the parish of St. Rita in Madrid, The Solidarity and Educational Engineer Network (RISE) of the Technical University of Madrid, have worked closely with La Esperanza with volunteering, resources and their “know how” on how to develop projects that will truly make the beneficiaries’ lives better.
- 1994: First meetings and Project for the Esperanza Center in Labrea (Amazons, Brazil).
- 1996: Official registration as a non-profit organization in Navarre (Spain).
- 1996: Registration of the organization with Spanish Government.
- 1998: A group become part of the team in Valladolid, Castile and León.
- 2003: Registration in the AECID as an international association of cooperation for development.
- 2010: Delegations appear in Pamplona (Navarre), Madrid y Chiclana de la Frontera (Cádiz).
- 2016: Official registration as Cooperation Agents of Andalucía.
- 2019: Incorporated to the International Solidarity Network of the Augustinian Recollects, Arcores.