Grupo Sal's engagement in projects of developmental cooperation

For many years, Grupo Sal has been supporting different educational and environmental  projects in Latin America. Grupo Sal fights for a better and a more dignified life.  It supports projects which are presented in the various pr0grammes. Over the past 30 years, Grupo Sal has collected about one million Euros in donations.

„Casa de los Tres Mundos“

Grupo Sal has been supporting the project “Casa de los Tres Mundos” most fervently and for the longest period of time. It has done so not only with donations, but also by collaborating with “Pan y Arte”. Roberto Deimel, one of the founding members of Grupo Sal, has been the chairman of “Pan y Arte” since the beginning.

The Austrian actor Dietmar Schönherr founded the charity “Fundación de los Tres Mundos” together with his friend Ernesto Cardenal in 1987. They made it their goal to establish a cultural centre which fosters a national and international exchange of art, artists and creative artists. A centre meant to awaken the creativity of the native population, to rediscover lost cultural heritage and to help the young nation with its search for identity.

Dietmar Schönherr and Ernesto Cardenal bought the former noble residence with Julio Cardenal´s heritage. After elaborate renovations, the international cultural centre was opened.

Dietmar Schönherr was especially concerned with helping disadvantaged children. Every year, hundreds of children and teenages from every social background gain access to musical schools, art schools and courses for working streeet kids. The “Casa” is also open for teachers as an educational institution with musical and artistic courses.

The association “Pan y Arte” was founded in order to give the cultural projects a solid basis. Year after year, it collects donations to ensure sustainable project work in Nicaragua.

Quite often, the daily care in the “Casa” is the sole leisure facility apart from school or work. But, the politically neutral and transconfessional centre isn´t just a place for young people. Concerts, exhibitions, big Latin American festivals, film events, lectures and various festivities provide a wide plethora of events. It doesn´t only attract the people of Grenada, but also visitors from all over the globe. For a lot of people, the “Casa” has long become a second home. So, the “Casa de los Tres Mundos” fuels the cultural integration of Latin America.

The teachers of the “Casa” have been going to the poorer and more remote living quarters since 2003 in order to provide music, art, or theatre courses in schools or community centres. Culture shouldn´t be a luxury. For children to shape their future, they need creativity, education and care. This is where the “Casa” comes in.

www.panyarte.de/de/projekte/casa-de-los-tres-mundos.html

 

 

 

OIA (Organización Indígena de Antioquia)

Both this project and the programme “Konzert für Amazonien: Regenwald – Zwischen Bewahrung und Zerstörung” were supported by Abadio Green, Thomas Brose and Grupo Sal.

Indigenous people have been integral to the Amazonien rainforest for more than 10,000 years. There are more than 28,000 indigenous people in Antioquia, a province in the northwestern part of Columbia. The Embera, but mainly the Zenú and the Tule (Cuna) are native here.

The “Organización Indígena de Antioquia” (OIA) is an indigenous non-profit umbrella organisation which supports and finances a number of diverse projects together with international aid organisations and federal institutions on a local and national level.

The OIA has been defending the interests of the indigenous people living in Antioquia since 1985 by maintaining a variety of different projects concerning the preservation of their lands and the environment, fighting malnutrition and strengthening the indigenous community and its cultural identity, bilingual upbringing and general health.

The indigenous people are highly dependent on the rainforest. That is why the dialogue with the indigenous people and the concern with the rainforest helps recalibrate our view of the relationship between man and nature. This relationship is being neglected more and more in rich countries. The realisation can be revolutionary: One begins to question our destructive way of living and economic pursuit. One also becomes aware of the economic, ecological and social effects.

“Konzert für Amazonien” promotes the networking of the interested groups and institutions and collects donations for the activities of the OIA.

www.oia.org.co

Cisterns in Northeastern Brazil

This project and the programme “Wasser ist Leben” were realised in collaboration with MISERIOR.

Malnutrition and dehydration are a huge problem in Sertão, a semi-arid area in Brazil, despite it being one of the most rainy regions in the world. Malnutrition and dehydration are closely linked to wealth inequality, despotism and corruption.

There would be an easy solution to this problem: building cisterns in order to help poor families. Grupo Sal helped fund this project together with MISEREOR and a farming school called IRPAA.

The successful project of building cisterns was extended: Now, the farming school IRPAA has moved towards agriculture and livestock production which fits the semi-arid climate. Further, it can now promote the political lobby work for a necessary agrarian reform.

Developmental aid in Los Ángeles - Malacatoya

Collapsed houses, bridges and roads – torn away by floods of water.

Tens of thousands homeless and hundreds of thousands evacuated.

Crops and infrastructure destroyed entirely.

The disastrous hurricane “Mitch” wreaked havoc in Central America in 1998. The village Malacatoya in Grenada was just one example thereof. Here, an entire stretch of land was flooded for six days with up to 1,5 metres of water.

Initiated by Dietmar Schönherr and “Casa de los Tres Mundos”, a new village for 1,300 people, 1,000 of them children, emerged at the highest and thus safest spot between the rivers Malacatoya and Tipitapa. Right from the beginning, the affected population was part of the planning process as well as the execution. 125 houses were built and a health centre for the entire region with more than 30,000 people. Additionally, schools, kindergartens, a community centre, a youth centre, a women´s centre and an emergency centre were established.

Not only a lack of know-how, but also the remote location and constant bad weather make it difficult for the people to make a living on a consistent basis. A lot of them work as seasonal farmers on the plantations of large land owners with uncertain working conditions. The central points of development in the village lie in the creation of jobs and cultural and educational offers. By now there is a lot of positive development and the village population isn´t discouraged.

www.panyarte.de/de/projekte/malacatoya-los-angeles.html

 

Child soldiers in Mosambique

This project as well as “Nuevas Visiones” was supported by Wolfram Frommlet.

Mozambique was a Portugese colony for 500 years. It took 10 years to rid the country of its colonial oppressor. Another 16 years were taken up by the civil war. One million people died in the war and its aftermath, which made development nearly impossible. In 1992, the two fighting parties FRELIMO and RENAMO made peace. Mozambique doesn´t only have developmental, structural adjustment problems and issues in the educational system. It also struggles in the aftermath of the war. A war which was so brutal because the East-West conflict was carried out in this territory. More than 300,000 children became orphans. Nearly one third of the population had to flee.  In the early 90s, an entire generation of traumatised teenagers was living in Mozambique.

“Medico international” supported a project dedicated to rehabilitating former child soldiers. With the help of families and village communities, the project took care of 150 teenagers who were abused as child soldiers. It wasn´t only concerned with psychotherapeutic care, but also aimed at reintigrating the teenagers socially, as well as economically with the help of an ambitious agricultural programme.

From the 2001 annual report in “Medico international”:  “And in Mozambique we have helped extensively in the past years to create a positive social environment which helped pave the way into a normal life for a lot of them. This support is over now; the children have grown up.”

www.medico-international.de

 

 

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