Summer homes needed for Saharawi children in Almeria

THE Amigos del Sahara association still needs six host families for Saharawi children this summer.

The first are expected to arrive within a week under the Holidays in Peace scheme. Eleven families have arranged to take children, but another six are still needed.

When the programme was first introduced in 1999, around 200 families offered a temporary summer home for children from the refugee camps in the Western Sahara.

This has dropped steadily as the economic crisis has worsened, with 83 children arriving last year and 70 expected this summer.

The project is important because it shows the children a way of life that they only know about from books, said Maria Ramirez, who coordinates the programme in Almeria. 

The host families also benefited from the experience by coming into contact with new values and feelings, Ramirez said.

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