Montevideo, Uruguay

The Montevideo Office has elected the Centro Juvenil y Deportivo Quebracho as its 2017 Charity of the Year. Working with low-income youth aged 12-19, Quebracho uses the discipline of sports to transmit values, ease the insertion process of young people, and overcome social limits. Boxing is the main sport played by Quebracho’s beneficiaries, and this discipline is used to teach constancy, respect of the others and endurance. For many kids, the concentration and engagement required by this sport and trainings represent an alternative to a life of drugs and disorder.

Besides helping adolescents, the Centro Juvenil is a point of reference for the local community as it offers support to families, especially those coming from the most critique and disadvantaged zones.

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As the Montevideo office has grown into a larger regional hub, so too the local Charity Committee here has created a more formal structure for itself. The team already boasts core membership of 20 volunteers.

One of the team’s first activities was to organise a Secret Santa for ‘La Esperanza’, an association that provides after-school tutoring to over 70 disadvantaged children and their families. In 2014, the Committee continued their children’s focus, celebrating National Children’s Day with Unidos, their chosen charity of the year. This Montevideo-based NGO helps children living in extreme poverty and, despite operating out of a ramshackle shipping container, offers homework help, a football club and after-school snacks to over 60 hungry neighbourhood kids.

On a daily basis, the Charity Committee is now helping the office go greener, with a recycling initiative for yerba, the typical Uruguayan tea-like drink. The yerba mate leaves will be collected in bins and picked up by a local organisation to use as compost fertiliser on local farms.

Montevideo Charity Committee

From left to right: Juan Pablo Casado, Victoria Acevedo, Gonzalo de la Canal, Maria Barreiro, Jesica Altamirano, Nicolas Simian, Veronica Olivella, Gaston Bove, Laura Oliver, Federico Zorraquin, Victoria Ferreira, Carolina Minchiotti, Valentina Caffera.

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