For many of us living on this beautiful island is like being in paradise, yet there are times when we moan because we don´t always get what we want. However, consider this… There are people who will never have what you have right now.
What happens to those who have no work and only receive enough money from social services to pay their rent, water and electricity, but not enough for them to eat? Worse still, what about those who get no benefits and end up sleeping on the floor of a friend’s room or live on the beach.
There is a non-profit organisation in El Fraile, called “La Buena Estrella”. It is the first and only social dining room feeding the homeless and disadvantaged in the south of the island. Since opening in November 2014 when they had 15 users attending each day for lunch that number has now more than doubled with over 40 people attending daily – these include families with children, grandparents and young people.
Until recently, I didn’t know about this place and I suspect there are many like me who don´t know about it either. These guys rely 100% on donations and there is an ongoing and immediate need for items such as; tinned food, milk, bread, pasta, nappies, hygiene products (tooth brushes/paste, shower gel etc.). They also accept clothing and items of furniture and help the needy with medicines. If you feel you can help in any way, donations can be dropped off directly at the centre in El Fraile between 10:30am and 3pm Monday to Saturday (Calle Fuerteventura 83, El Fraile – opposite La Caixa bank) or at one of the following drop off points;
– Winter Gardens bowling office (Golf del Sur ) between 9am & 5pm,
– Island Village Reception (beside Iceland supermarket, Torviscas Alto)
– Cinderella´s Boutique – CC San Sebastia, La Caleta.