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Sustainable self-built solar water heaters – Sustainable Development

Country: Argentina, Bahía Blanca

The objective of this project is to gain greater energy independence from gas and/or electricity companies. This would eliminate the problem of dealing with rising prices and/or possible supply problems, while at the same time helping people develop needed skills that will enable them to improve family resources. Read more


Imagine Project – Sustainable Development

Country: Brazil, Campina Grande (north-east)

Enabling 30 children and adolescents from a marginalised community to dream of “another world”: this is the mission of the “Imagine” project run by AIC volunteers from Campina Grande.  The activities are many and varied, including educational support, teaching about peace and citizenship, raising awareness about preserving the planet to guarantee a better future and art workshops to encourage artistic and cultural awakening. Read more


Community Vegetable Garden – Health, Education

Country: Brazil, Curibita (south-east)

This community vegetable garden has transformed wasteland used for illicit activities into productive green spaces that benefit local residents. The result is twofold: providing healthy food for 270 disadvantaged people from the community and making the district safer. The beneficiaries are involved in the maintenance of the land and the cultivation of vegetables. The long term goal is that the project achieves financial autonomy through compost making and the sale of excess vegetables. The project was awarded AIC’s Dominique Prize for Sustainable Development in 2018. Read more


Parents: trained for zero intra-family violence

Country: Colombia, Bogota

Cheerful Children, Valued Women, Happy Families … Zero Violence! This project aims to reduce the number of women and children affected by intra-family violence by training future parents in important values, such as truth, unity and tolerance. Comprehensive training is provided through “parenting workshops” with talks and documents.  Through this project, the volunteers want to create a culture of non-violence with parents and children and contribute to the continuous improvement of the children’s academic ability. Read more


Manufacture of ecological bricks

Country: Colombia, Mocoa

Making eco-bricks to build a ‘model’ house is a good example of AIC Mocoa in Colombia’s sustainable development action.  The project encourages the creation of useful materials from rubbish and highlights the need to develop innovative ideas.  In addition, the process emphasises the importance of ongoing community initiatives. Read more


‘Solidarity in Production and Stronger Communities’ – Training

Country: Dominican Republic, north and east regions

This is a huge professional reintegration project run by AIC Dominican Republic since 2014. More than 560 people who were excluded from the job market have benefitted from professional training as well as educational workshops on participative and cooperative management, human and family rights, etc. The objective is to find a job in the private sector or to create an income-generating activity from home. Read more


“For the respect and dignity of our children” – Preventing violence

Country: Mexico, San Luis Potosi

Sexual abuse, paedophilia and harassment happen every day and are often treated as inevitable facts-of-life that children risk encountering.

Faced with the ignorance and lack of awareness about this type of violence, which severely affects children’s lives and has huge consequences that last into adulthood, the AIC volunteers from the Marillac Centre couldn’t remain indifferent.  So they started a project with the objective of supporting children who have been victims of sexual abuse, but also of preventing it and raising awareness among parents and the community. Read more