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Reception held at Ambassador's Residence in support of Center for the Promotion of Human Dignity (CeProDiH)

October 7, 2004

A reception was held yesterday at the U.S. Ambassador's Residence in support of the Uruguayan NGO "Centro de Promoción por la Dignidad Humana" or Center for the Promotion of Human Dignity (CeProDiH).

[U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi]
Audrey Silverstein, Adriana Abraham (director of CeProDiH),
Marcelo Laborde (president of CeProDiH), and
Martin J. Silverstein (U.S. Ambassador) greet invited guests
in the reception area of the Residence.
Ambassador Martin J. Silverstein and his wife, Mrs. Audrey Silverstein, hosted a group of local business people and friends, who pledged their support for this important social assistance organization.

Mr. Silverstein eagerly promotes and supports the work that Center does with the elderly, children, and especially with women in precarious situations, most of whom are single mothers, often victims of spousal abuse or abandonment, and are unprepared to fend for themselves. The main objective is to bring these people off the streets and back on their feet. They receive food and shelter, and an educational program designed to facilitate their reinsertion in the labor force, allowing them to become self-sufficient. The Center runs a shelter for mothers and children in the city core and offers vital support to institutions like the INAME -a government agency responsible for the protection of minors- ensuring that unless by her own choice, no helpless mother and her child should live on the street.

CeProDiH's budget is facing severe challenges. It is hoped that through campaigns like the one Mrs. Silverstein is promoting, the Center may be able to maintain the level of assistance it has been offering for the past several years. By getting local entrepreneurs involved in the project, the people who run the Center intend to stimulate the concept of Social Responsibility that many businesses and organizations are including in their agendas.

[U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi]
Some of the business people and other guests attending.
[U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi]
Graciela Delfino, Marta Lopez, Andrea Maciel, Margara Ferber,
Adriana Abraham, and Audrey Silverstein. Laura Revello,
Nora Herrera, and Mariana Ferreira.

[U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi]
Michel Cohen, director of Lolita stores, talked about the
importance of CeProDiH's contribution to the community
[U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi]
Ambassador Martin J. Silverstein, Dr. Daniel Bulla, Pablo Makl,
Audrey Silverstein and Adriana Abraham.


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