We are very proud to share with you the opening in Mexico of the first center of the MAPFRE Community - Pan-American University. This initiative is the result of collaboration between both entities, and focuses on improving the living conditions of those in most need through an ambitious comprehensive training program.
This center, which intends to be the first of many more, is located in the Colonia de Santa Fe, within the Delegation of Álvaro Obregón (Mexico City). This location was deliberately selected as an area which presents major social inequalities among its 750,000 inhabitants, of whom 31% are currently living in poverty.
This space will bring together various activities, workshops and services aimed at covering the basic needs of the users, as well as providing them orientation in values and contributing to the promotion of their abilities. Most of the activities are led and carried out by coordinators and volunteers from both institutions.
The program intends, ultimately, to succeed in having the users become and develop as fully active members of their society. It is hoped to surpass 5,300 beneficiaries in the first year alone.
The building consists of three floors. Comedor Santa María, the dining area, which provides daily meals to 330 young people and pregnant women, is located on the first floor. In order to handle medical needs and to contribute to the early arrest of illnesses, a doctor’s surgery, an infirmary and a pharmacy dispensing affordable medicines for all are also located on this floor.
On the second floor, there is an office for free legal advice, as well as a psychologist’s consulting room, where cases of domestic violence are a specialism. Lastly, the third floor is where the educational workshops are held, organized in age groups, with activities ranging from education in values, to tutoring, to domestic chores and to reading.
We hope that this Formando Comunidad pilot project is only the first step in establishing many MAPFRE Communities in other countries and cities where the population truly needs them.