The “Building a Community with Education and Health” project promoted by the Centro Comunitario Jesús María and supported by Fundación MAPFRE, provides health care to nearly a third of the population of Tres Isletas, as well as a comprehensive education program which includes physical and artistic development and preparation for access to employment. This is complemented by a meals service which offers healthy food to some 250 people every day.
People with few resources, little education, and too low a number of skills to access employment, populate the neighborhoods in the southeast of the city of Tres Isletas, in the Argentinian province of Chaco. Therefore the Centro Comunitario activities and the training program in particular, have been designed to generate actions to reverse this situation in the near future and thus overcome conditions of social exclusion and marginalization. To this end, the program plans training courses for teachers, with which it hopes to increase the overall level of education of the community; trade workshops will improve employability, and there will be other courses on behavioral skills and those focused on physical and artistic abilities. A total of 1,450 children and adolescents and 350 young adults receive training.
The Centro Comunitario Jesús María began in 1999, as an initiative of the nuns of Jesús María, in response to the needs of those who settled in the Barrio Alianza in Tres Isletas.