There are 18 communities in the Santa Fe area of Mexico that do not have public services and in which families with lots of children and few resources are living in overcrowded conditions. They do not have enough living space or access to education and training to gain employment, and they also suffer from malnutrition.
The Santa Fe community center was built in this setting in order to cover all the areas where their services are most needed. The center offers comprehensive care in which nutrition is just the first pillar of their work which extends to many other aspects and age groups, ranging from health, education and skills training to entertainment, psychology and legal support.
The center provides a dining room for children from birth to 16 years old as well as for pregnant and breastfeeding women, which is run by the Comedor Santa María. There is an office which provides legal advice on family, civil, criminal and commercial matters. They also provide first rate medical care, preventive medicine, a pharmacy, psychological support, guidance on health improvement, dental care, laboratory services and gynecological care at the center's clinic. Children, young people and adults' education and development is encouraged through English classes, IT lessons, support with tasks, martial arts, music, cooking, vocational workshops, professionalization of domestic work, a reading circle, a school for parents and much more.
The CPU Santa Fe, a human development center, runs 14,550 assistance services a year which seek to promote the importance of people's dignity and skills through actions enabling them to improve their quality of life. The aim of the initiative is not to solve the population’s problems from a paternalistic standpoint, but rather to place at their disposal elements that enable them to develop skills and thus get on in life by their own means.