Close to 50 projects launched in 18 countries, with the aim of helping 168,000 people     

         

  • Antonio Huertas: “No pandemic is going to stop us from keeping our commitment to social progress.”
  • The company started distributing food boxes worth 1 million euros to children under the age of ten.
  • More than 10,000 women will receive training to help give them more opportunities.                                                                                                                      
  • The Foundation will have the support of 5,000 volunteers and 167 NGOs.
  • Since March 2020, the company has dedicated a total of 45 million euros to helping limit the impact of COVID-19 and protect those most vulnerable across 27 countries.

Fundación MAPFRE approved an extraordinary budget of 10 million euros to address the socio-economic crisis and emergency situation that COVID-19 is causing in Latin America.

The company, which since the pandemic began has dedicated 35 million euros to protecting society from the virus and helping the most disadvantaged groups, is now increasing its budget in order to launch a total of 47 projects. With this money, it hopes to help around 168,000 people across 18 different countries.

The activities—which will be carried out with the help of its 5,000 volunteers and in collaboration with 167 social organizations, such as CESAL, Doctors of the World and Instituto Rede Mulher Empreendedora, among others—are aimed at reducing malnutrition and social exclusion, as well as promoting employability, education and entrepreneurship, and providing healthcare equipment.

Ensuring basic nourishment and nutrition

Fundación MAPFRE started distributing the Fundación MAPFRE Food Box across five countries, including Argentina, Brazil and Mexico. This box contains nutritional supplements that do not need to be refrigerated and that ensure basic nutrient levels are maintained in children under the age of ten. The box, which volunteers and local organizations such as Fundación CMR (Mexico) have been distributing since February, can be turned into a toy and contains educational material for children. The Foundation will also support three projects in Peru worth half a million euros, helping small farmers, distributing food, including a fortified cookie to reduce child malnutrition, and training mothers and teachers in health and nutrition. It will also back the Banco de Alimentos de México (Mexican food bank organization) by contributing 25,000 food packages that families in need will receive every two weeks.

Teaching women to help give them more opportunities

Fundación MAPFRE will also contribute to the economic recovery of vulnerable families, paying particular attention to women in the six Latin American countries with the worst unemployment figures. To that end, it designed a project to promote employability, training and entrepreneurship, which will provide these people with technical training, as well as tailored support and financial assistance to help them feed their family. This will provide nearly 8,500 Brazilian women, who in many cases don’t earn even enough for basic food, with training on entrepreneurship and social rights. Some 2,500 Mexican women will learn how to start their own business, and 25 mothers, who are the head of their household and who come from small towns in Uruguay, will attend workshops to learn how to start a microenterprise, an initiative designed to help them become more self-sufficient and boost their self-esteem.

The urgency of digitization

The Foundation is also tackling the challenge of educating Latin America during the pandemic. Since the beginning of the year, it has launched several projects in Chile and Nicaragua facilitate access to digital technology, which is the­ key­ ­to­ ­speeding­ ­up­ ­recovery­ and enabling these countries to rebuild. In Chile, in particular, it introduced an initiative to set up free Internet access points and it has started a training project involving cooking classes and providing a basic financial education, which it hopes will benefit almost a hundred women who have set up small soup kitchens by their own means. In Nicaragua, it will dedicate 130,000 euros to supplying drinking water in 35 rural schools, where it will also provide training on natural disaster prevention and taking health precautions when it comes to COVID-19.

Protecting the rights of people with disabilities

Integrating people with any kind of disability into the world of work. This is another one of Foundation’s objectives for 2021. These people, who are among the most affected by the pandemic in Latin America, live in places where there are hardly any social programs to help them. The Foundation will soon develop various activities across 11 countries in the region, including Colombia, El Salvador and the Dominican Republic, where it made proposals to integrate visually impaired people into the world of work through training and internships, in collaboration with Fundación ONCE in Latin America. The Foundation already launched two other initiatives in Uruguay. One is aimed at providing practical workshops on growing vegetable gardens, cooking and baking. The other initiative involves creating spaces where children and adults with disabilities can socialize and secure their rights; this project will be carried out in collaboration with Asociación Civil Mariposas, a civil association that works with people with disabilities.

Healthcare equipment: Fundación MAPFRE Room

Costa Rica, Honduras, Peru and Venezuela are some of the countries that will benefit from the healthcare equipment purchased by the Foundation, which is mainly aimed at protecting and rehabilitating elderly people. In Honduras, healthcare equipment worth 120,000 euros will be provided to help combat the effects of the virus. The Fundación MAPFRE Room is also being created at the Hospital Escuela, which is the main public hospital care center in Honduras. This room will have 12 ICU bed spaces and will mean care can be provided for an average of 150 patients each month. Furthermore, in Peru, the Foundation purchased equipment for a rehabilitation room for patients with long-term effects; in Venezuela, it will supply basic medication; and in Costa Rica, it will provide personal healthcare equipment, which will benefit around 20,000 elderly people in 74 accommodations across the country.

Antonio Huertas: “No one can stand in the way of solidarity”

“We hope things will change and for the better. No pandemic is going to stop us from keeping our commitment to social progress,” said Antonio Huertas, President of Fundación MAPFRE, who referred to this extraordinary provision of 45 million euros over two years as a “plan aimed at saving as many lives as possible and protecting the most vulnerable in society and those fighting coronavirus on the front line.” He also noted that the Foundation, which in 2020 had suffered its “greatest challenge” since being established 45 years ago, is also supporting research and helping prevent the social consequences of the virus from increasing the effect of poverty and inequality, thanks to the help of its volunteers, who will help them again in this endeavor. “When it comes to solidarity, once the ball gets rolling, there is no stopping it,” he said.