shipment of diapers, toys, clothing, beds, cribs and mattresses,
was delivered today to a shelter for the homeless run by
the Center for the Promotion of Human Dignity (CeProDiH - Centro de
Promoción por la Dignidad Humana).
The supplies were donated by the First Redeemer
Church of Atlanta, Georgia, through Operation Mobilization
(OM), an international Christian NGO that works in more
than 100 countries. The US Embassy facilitated transportation
and port clearance of the shipment consisting of two containers
totaling over 15 metric tons destined to about 50 help organizations
in the country.
Mrs. Audrey Silverstein, wife of U.S. Ambassador
Martin J. Silverstein, along with Siegfried Klassen, director
of OM Uruguay, and Mr. Tom Brown from Atlanta, visited the
shelter where they were greeted by nearly 100 residents,
mainly single mothers and children who are currently in
the shelter under Plan Invierno (Winter Plan), a plan intended
to keep homeless families off the street particularly during
the cold season.
Ms. Adriana Abraham, director of CeProDiH
outlined the importance of these donations as the center
works to help these women become self-sufficient.
Mrs. Silverstein brought the women's center
to the attention of the U.S. Embassy community after a visit
with U.S. Undersecretary for Global Affairs Paula Dobriansky
This much-needed delivery is another
step in the series of donations already made by the American
people to the Uruguayan community.
Mrs. Audrey Silverstein greeted
by children at the shelter.
From left: Mr. Siegfried Klassen,
Mr. Tom Brown, Ms. Adriana Abraham and Mrs. Audrey