Fundación Esperanza y Alegría receives its second solidary award Marisol de Torres

Yesterday, December 16, Fundación Esperanza y Alegría received its second solidary award Marisol de Torres, worth 12.000 euros. This money will go to renovating the bakery Hogar Nambikkaiyagam for people with mental disorders in Tiruchirappalli, the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

Out of 49 candidates, three social entities were selected: Mundo Justo (first price), Fundación Esperanza y Alegría (second price) and Fundación Hay Salida (third price).

María Moreno, president of Fundación Esperanza y Alegría, was in charge of receiving the price and thanking the jury and the family of Marisol de Torres for their help and contribution towards others.

Hogar Nambikkaiyagam

The award will go to renovating the bakery of Hogar Nambikkaiyagam for people with mental disorders (Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India).

Since 2011, this home has been a training and residence center for 26 young people between 15 and 28 years old.  Of these young people, 18 are men and 8 are women.

Among the activities in the center, there is a bakery workshop where students learn a skill that will help them get a job in the future and also teach them how to be self-sufficient. Out of the 10 students that participate in the workshop, three have already found a job as bakers.

Students learn how to bake muffins, puff pastries, bread, cookies and more.  This is an important source of income for the center because they sell the products to individuals, schools, and universities around the area.

The activity they do is very important for them, as much or more than their facilities that are deteriorated or in a ruinous state. In the last official inspection, the public authorities have urged to repair the center because of the danger posed by its structure, especially the roof which is likely to collapse.

Thanks to the earnings of this price, a new building will be built and it will allow the incorporation of new students, an increase in production, and the search for new distribution channels to generate higher sales revenue.  Also, the building will have a kitchen, a warehouse, a store, and a laundry area.