Mediterranea is a direct help NGO. This means that not only does 100% of the money go directly to the projects but we also start working immediately when we discover a problem we can act upon without having to go through long tedious procedures to get a subsidy.
Mediterranea does not receive neither state nor municipal aid. We are a pure, 100% independent Non Governmental Organisation.
All the economical and logistical support we receive is private, which allows us to act as flexibly and promptly as we do. We are also non political and non religious.
In Mallorca we have at present the following programs:
The Zaqueo Colective supplies food on a daily base to hundreds of people in need in Palma. We from Mediterranea help out with food, clothes and voluntary work.
Can Gaza and Casa Llarga:
These are two homes which shelter senior men rejected by society. The good spirit, and the motor of these two homes is the one and only Jaume Santandreu. Thanks to the hard work and commitment of some volunteers, we have helped to improve the infrastructure of the two places (including central heating, hot water, electricity, paint jobs etc), provided them with clothes, TVs HIFI, electrical appliances, furniture medical supplies, linen and food.
All this didn’t cost Mediterranea anything because it was all donated and organised by members and friends of the NGO.
Programs sustained by our 4th World charity fund
People from Mali:
The people from Mali that we attend number around 150 people. We provide them on a weekly base with food in sufficient quantity for them to be able to cover their basic needs for that week. This includes:, pasta, oil, milk, sugar, cocoa, pepper, onions, garlic, flour, salt and clothes. None of them receive institutional support.
The “Son Dameto” neighbours’ association where we have distributed the food in the first two weeks have refused to help us any more. So we had to find another distribution point, which we did. Here we have not had any problems so far. We have already handed out more than 2 ½ tons of food for them. This project costs us every week between 380 EUR and 440 EUR. The rest of the costs are covered by donations from collaborators.
We are expecting the help of schools from the islands, which have volunteered to donate food to the project. This way we will not have to spend so much money from our funds which are desperately needed for the continuity of our long term projects in Ethopia.
People from Senegal:
In collaboration with Father Eugenio of the Palmanova church, as remarkable a priest as you can find, we have started to hand out food to the Senegalese of Calvia. These are also people without any institutional help. The church attends all sorts of people in need. We are concentrating on the Senegalese as the Subsaharians are the weakest link in the immigration chain. The first contact that we made was while they were looking for food in the rubbish bins of a supermarket in Calvia.
Working with homogeneous groups makes our work easier, because they know each other which helps a lot logistically.
We deal with 100 Senegalese, which makes it 2100 meals a week.
At the Senegalese request Mediterranea will start giving classes in Spanish and English. The classes will be given by volunteers.
We need computer screens, computers, mice and keyboards to start with IT classes.
We will maintain those two programs throughout the winter.
A big thank you from here to all of you who make Mediterranea possible