Para Los Niños updates… 2016
The Sunshine Coast Tango Festival raised $2,397 and the monthly Sunshine Coasts Milongas raised $720 .. thank you all who helped us.
Most of the current projects are on the website blog here:
1) Materials for a new Kindy in Salta.
The parents and community will build it with volunteer labour.
This project is coordinated by Con el Corazon el las Manos…..(they love long names)
2) Materials for a new Kindy in El Dorado Santiago (north of Cordoba)
The parents and community are building it with volunteer labour. (see the mud bricks).
There is a picture gallery for this project
3) We are planning to assist a disabled group in General Las Heras, a small town about 100k s.w. of Buenos Aires, with a weaving project.
This project is run by Suzie Baca, mother of our dear friend Mercedes who has managed the charity since 2002.
Suzie runs a craft studio Encuentro Taller de Arte in Las Heras.
4) The One Education program is close to a start.
The children’s laptops are now available and we plan to get a couple for evaluation.
This project will be coordinated by Mercedes, who is a school teacher in Buenos Aires.
The Ministry of Education has excellent school portals for primary and secondary students.
All the poor children need is computers.
We try not to inundate people with letters, so we go out about every 6 months.
About Sociedad Para Los Niños
In 2002 a group of Tango friends in Brisbane, Australia, agreed to hold an elegant Tango Ball in Brisbane to express our gratitude for the gift of Tango to the world by supporting the children of Argentina in their hour of need, following the Argentine currency crisis.
They organised the first milonga at the Queensland Irish Club in November 2002 and Milonga Para Los Niños ™ was born.
At the same time Patio de Tango with A Little Buenos Aires agreed to run the milonga in Sydney, Australia.Sociedad Para Los Niños now holds annual events in Brisbane, Sydney and other Australian and international cities.
It generates other regular income from standing donations from Comme il Faut alfresco milonga in Brisbane and at the Gold Coast, as well as the sale of merchandise.
The annual milonga / ball has been held in Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide,Perth, Auckland New Zealand, Germany and Buenos Aires, Argentina, the home of Tango.
Milongas are in the planning stages around Australia and internationally.
The non-profit organisation, Sociedad Para Los Niños Inc., was formalised by incorporation in Queensland, Australia in 2003 in order to demonstrate to organisers and donors that we comply with rigid Australian Government controls for handling public funding.
Its core value is to directly assist people who add value to the lives of disadvantaged children in South America.
With the help of committee members in Argentina and others, we have established a supply chain to see that it happens without waste.
To date, tools and goods have been distributed directly to foster homes and locally based individuals who are doing amazing things with minimal resources to improve the lives of children.
We have provided basic essentials such as staple food, warm clothing and shoes, bedding, light bulbs and window glass.
We also provided cooking equipment, farm tools and gas reticulation for cooking and heating.
One of our adopted partners was a privately run farm for street-kids to keep them off the streets and away from drugs and prostitution.
Another two are foster homes that each house up to a dozen homeless and abused children.
We continue to renovate and extend these home to provide a safe, comforting environment for abandoned and abused children.
The people who run these groups are great humanitarians, the unsung heroes whose work would be impossible without support.
We have also taken one-time opportunities to assist orphanages and day-care centres in Brazil and Mexico and Argentina.
We are delighted that Sociedad Para Los Niños is gaining strength and running very smoothly after more than 12 years of operation.
Sunshine Coast Tango celebrates the vision of Sociedad Para Los Niños and joins them in offering the profit from our Tango Festival event in May 2015.
We reach out to embrace the children of Argentina & Latin America to bring hope and joy to their lives in return for their gift to the world of Tango and Latin music an