Isabel Martín Foundation International Projects

The foundation works on development cooperation projects with local organizations in the most vulnerable areas, who are familiar with the needs of disadvantaged groups and present their proposals for intervention.

This organizational form, based on community philanthropy, allows the aid to always arrive in a very controlled way to the beneficiaries.

We preferably cooperate in sustainable projects that promote the dignity of women and children.

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INDIA-BOMBAY: Creative Handicrafts.

Programme to support the fair trade cooperative (cooperative workers' work and health, education and training)

Country

India

Project status

Finished

Project category

Empowerment

Partner organization

Creative Handicrafts.

Goals

Employability and self-sufficiency of the women in marginalised communities (slums) of Mumbai.

Beneficiaries

800 cooperative workers, 145 children.

  • Additional information

    Creative Handicrafts a self-employment and fair trade organization founded by Isabel Martín in 1994, a continuation of the first cooperatives launched in the 1980s in the slums of Bombay. More than thirty years later, Creative Handicrafts generates a sustainable commercial activity through the sale of textile articles in several countries around the world, preferably made of organic cotton. It also integrates the cooperative Asli Foods, specialized in catering.

    The organization, registered as a non-profit entity, also runs training and health projects for women, supports day care centers and schools, and develops various scholarship programs and sponsorship for the children of the co-operative. The Isabel Martín Foundation collaborates with Creative Handicrafts promoting their activity and financing their projects.

VENEZUELA-MARACAIBO

Refugee care.

Country

Venezuela

Project status

Finished

Project category

Empowerment

Partner organization

Child Comprehensive Development Programme (CEPIN) run by the missionaries of Christ Jesus. Collaboration project with the Jesuit Refugee Service (SJR).

Goals

Shelter, self-sustainability and training for refugee families.

Beneficiaries

30 displaced families from Colombia and local support group. (Approximately 160 people).

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    Programme for local integration and self-management of mobile population in the host communities of Maracaibo-Zulia (Venezuela).

    The objective of this project is to contribute to capacity building for the development of 30 migrant families and academic support for the employees of the Child Comprehensive Promotion Centre. To promote the self-sustainability of the beneficiaries, food security actions are carried out through training workshops in food production and nutrition, as well as the promotion of income-generating activities where entrepreneurship is supported. At the same time, in order to facilitate the insertion into the labour market of the sheltered people, activities are carried out aimed at leadership and self-esteem and strengthen technical knowledge in specific trades.

    In addition to supporting training activities, this programme includes psychosocial support, as well as humanitarian care and assistance to beneficiaries.

VENEZUELA-MARACAIBO

Construction of a well at the Child Comprehensive Promotion Centre (CEPIN).

Country

Venezuela

Project status

Finished

Project category

Health

Partner organization

Child Comprehensive Promotion Centre run by the Missionaries of Christ Jesus.

Goals

Supply of drinking water and water supply to irrigate 40 plots of land in the neighbourhood of the Guajira ethnic group.

Beneficiaries

452 families. (Approximately 2,530 beneficiaries).

  • Additional information

    The construction of the well will be carried out in the Guajira Ethnic neighbourhood in Maracaibo-Zulia (Venezuela) in order to get health coverage for the 2,530 beneficiaries, children at the Child Comprehensive Promotion Centre and population of the neighbourhood where the well is being dug.

    The goal of this project is to prevent foodborne diseases caused by contaminated water or lack of drinking water.

INDIA-GUJARAT-TANKHALA: JAGRUTI KENDRA

Comprehensive Development Programme of the Adivasi Community.

Country

India

Project status

Finished

Project category

Health

Partner organization

Jagruti Kendra-Assumpta Society, run by the Missionaries of Christ Jesus.

Goals

Training, Empowerment and Health Prevention of the Adivasi Community.

Beneficiaries

2.460 beneficiaries.

  • Additional information

    This programme is aimed at the real needs of the Adivasis. Its activities are aimed at training, health promotion, integration and empowerment of women and girls where the little ones are provided with education in order for them to become self-sufficient. This project allows for study and recovery classes to reinforce and ensure basic learning for the children in the tribes, as well as extracurricular activities to help them gain greater autonomy and responsibility.

    The health programme is focused on promoting the comprehensive health system that incorporates traditional knowledge and alternative therapies.

INDIA-GUJARAT-TANKHALA: JAGRUTI KENDRA

Renovation of Adivasi girls residence.

Country

Project status

Project category

Partner organization

Jagruti Kendra- Assumpta Society, run by the missionaries of Christ Jesus.

Goals

Comprehensive Training, Empowerment and Health Prevention Programme of the Adivasi Community.

Beneficiaries

60 girls from the Adivasi community of Gujarat.

  • Additional information

    The Adivasi Tanakhala Community Comprehensive Development programme includes, in addition to training activities related to education and health, the rehabilitation of the residence of adivasi girls, where most activities are carried out.

    This renovation includes the excavation of the ground, reinforced concrete and formwork of the foundations, columns and beams, slabs and stairs. In addition, the infrastructure needs double-layer plaster with a smooth finish inside and outside the building, as well as ventilation and waterproofing systems for the terrace floors.