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Homeless Shelter Receives Mini Bus Donation

The Center for the Promotion of Human Dignity (Ceprodih) will use the vehicle to transport needy mothers and children

Posted: November 19, 2005

Every day, the Center for the Promotion of Human Dignity (CEPRODIH) needs to transport approximately 20 mothers and 50 children who spend their nights in various shelters around the city of Montevideo to CEPRODIH's day center where they receive specialized care and training to assist them obtain jobs and housing. To date, CEPRODIH did not own any means of transportation, and had to rely on inadequate and expensive ramshackle services.

FONDAM (Fondo de las Americas), a local non-profit organization aimed at promoting the improvement of children survival and development, arranged for the donation of a passenger van for CEPRODIH. FONDAMs are established as part of a debt reduction agreement between the various governments and the United States. They promote the preservation, protection and administration of natural and biological resources in a sustainable and environmentally healthy manner.

The mini bus was officially handed over November 17, 2005, at a small ceremony held in CEPRODIH's shelter for the homeless. FONDAM-Uruguay representatives Nelly Arispe and Alvaro Mendi, along with the U.S. Chargé D'Affaires James Nealon and CEPRODIH's president Alejandro Borche proceeded to sign the necessary documents. "Our goal is to be able to safely transport homeless mothers and children to our day care center. The bus would also help to further development of the children through educational and recreational activities at schools, cultural events or parks," stated CEPRODIH's director Adriana Abraham.

CEPRODIH, a Non Governmental Organization (NGO), is a civilian non-profit association whose aim is to care for and help homeless people. Founded in June 2000, it is Uruguay's first center for day care of homeless mothers and their children. Since then, hundreds of families have been helped with their job training and housing needs. CEPRODIH is financed by some state organizations and personal contributions.

PHOTO GALLERY VIDEO: Remarks by U.S. Chargé D'Affaires James Nealon 

Acto en la sede de Ceprodih al hacerse entrega de una camioneta donada por el Fondo de las Américas. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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During a small ceremony held at CEPRODIH's shelter for the homeless in Montevideo, representatives of FONDAM-Uruguay announce the donation of a mini bus for the shelter.

La Lic. Nelly Arispe, en representación del Fondo de las Américas hace uso de la palabra durante el acto de entrega de una camioneta para Ceprodih. A su izquierda, Adriana Abraham, directora de Ceprodih, y a su derecha, Alejandro Borche, presidente de Ceprodih y el encargado de Negocios de los EE.UU., James Nealon. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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FONDAM-Uruguay representative Nelly Arispe, speaking to a group of needy parents and children who attend CEPRODIH's shelter. To her left, Adriana Abraham, director of CEPRODIH, to her right, Alejandro Borche, president of CEPRODIH, and James Nealon, U.S. Chargé D'Affaires.

Alejandro Borche, presidente de Ceprdih, recibiendo por parte de la Lic. Nelly Arispe las llaves de la camioneta donada por el Fondo de las Américas. También en la foto, la Esc. Elba Barrios y Adriana Abraham. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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Alejandro Borche, president of CEPRODIH, receives the keys of the mini bus donated through FONDAM-Uruguay from Nelly Arispe. Also pictured are, notary Elba Barrios and CEPRODIH's director Adriana Abraham.

El encargado de Negocios de los EE.UU., James Nealon, junto a representantes de Ceprodhi y del Fondo de las Américas, posan frente a la camioneta donada. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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Posing near the mini bus donated to CEPRODIH are U.S. Chargé D'Affaires James Nealon, CEPRODIH's Adriana Abraham and Alejandro Borche, and FONDAM-Uruguay's Alvaro Mendi and Nelly Arispe.




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