The neighborhood and its people

Why in Las Tunas?

In 2002 we chose to work in Las Tunas because of its history and its people, and because it is a small simple of our country. Las Tunas is a neighborhood with a strong identity, social capital, and working people who want to get ahead.

Many of the children who came here when we first started are still taking part in our educational programs. They’re university students, musicians, teachers… They are writing their own stories and planning about exciting futures.

From the very first day we fully trusted their desire to progress and develop their own initiative, and we are now seeing them flourish.

Learn more about the neighborhood

We grew up with them, strengthening our presence in the neighborhood and our identity.

Today we know that the challenge is still great. There are many years of backwardness and mistakes that must be reversed in economics, access to health, safety, and education. We know that living in an adverse context reduces the space we have to reflect and decide.

And we work to expand that space where our freedom is born. We also recognize that as individuals, we have a common destiny. We are part of a greater whole that unites us.

And we believe that a society where we are all protagonists of our lives and citizen life is possible.

Facts about Argentina
HOW YOU CAN HELP US…

We believe that a society where we are all protagonists of our lives and citizen life is possible.

We know that living in an adverse context reduces the space we have to reflect and decide. And we work to expand that space where our freedom is born.

We recognize that, as individuals, we have a common destiny. We are part of a greater whole that unites us.

DONATE
LAS TUNAS, A NEIGHBORHOOD THAT IS THE REFLECTION OF A COUNTRY

About the neighborhood of Las Tunas

The Las Tunas neighborhood is located in General Pacheco, Municipality of Tigre, Province of Buenos Aires. It was founded in the mid 1950s.

Initially, many workers bought their land in installments, tempted by the proximity to companies that offered work.

The different crises that Argentina went through are reflected in the coexistence of nicely built houses, with more than 3000 very precarious ones.

The neighborhood has an area of ​​109 blocks where at least 42,000 people live.

Most of the streets are paved, they still do not have sewers, and water from the supply network arrived only in 2011, although it still does not reach all the homes. The neighborhood is crossed by the Las Tunas Stream, formerly a place of fishing and recreation, which is now highly polluted.

As of the late 90s, many private neighborhoods were built in neighboring lands, which today surround the perimeter of Las Tunas, and challenge us to create bridges between neighbors and between neighborhoods that occupy the same territory.

Las Tunas has a strong identity, social capital, and working people with the desire to get ahead.

About the current situation in Argentina

A greater incidence of the problem is observed among young people living in a context of poverty than among those who do not.

Unemployment and unregistered employment rates are higher among young people in poor households, especially those in chronic poverty.

Source: Ministry of Labor and Production

In the first quarter of 2017, unemployed youth were around 660 thousand in the national total.

The unemployment rate for people between 16 and 24 years old was 25%, this is 3.7 times more than adults.

Young unemployed are 40% of the total unemployed.

In the country there are 2.6 million young people with social and work problems, representing almost 42% of the total.

Source: Ministry of Labor and Production

55% of students who start high school do not finish it.

(Source: UNICEF)

Of those who finish, more than 60% do not know how to solve a simple mathematical equation.

(Source: Diario La Nación – March 24, 2019)

Only 60.7% of freshmen in the secondary level reach the last year in the expected time.

(Source: Infobae – “Every 8 minutes an Argentine student repeats or leaves high school – April 10, 2018)

The national adolescent fertility rate per thousand girls aged 15 to 19 is 65. It is higher than the average for the Latin American region.
(Source: UNICEF)

If compared to 2010, the number of young people who once used cocaine tripled.

The initiation in consumption, which used to be at 16, is today at 14 and a half.
(Source: Sedronar)