Thursday, March 8, 2012

2012 Unemployment still high in our municipality

2012 has brought even more unemployment to Mogán and this means that even more people are suffering from lack of a job, of independence through their own earnings and several families have lost their homes by being unable to pay their mortgages.  

This situation has presented greater challenges to the different groups that are trying to help local families over this "recession" and many groups have risen to it with great ideas. 

The Norwegian Community of Mogán continues to be fantastic in its support of the needy:  many great initiatives have raised considerable funds for several purposes:  food, dental costs, orthopædics, and many individuals and local businesses have supplied goods to those in need of them!

Volunteers are giving language lessons to those wishing to improve their CVs:  English, German, Norwegian, Spanish for foreigners.  So many generous and solidary people helping the less fortunate improve their lives...    A short list includes: 

Our fund-raisers: Eli Waage and Ronnaugh Johansen with the Club Los Amigos - our biggest supporters, not only financially but devoting so many events to riase fund for us, spending so much time helping us to fix, sort, assemble, transport plus their moral support, which means so much to us!

Our teachers:  Cille Carlsson, Don McAlpin, Katharina Lemke, Maurice Geiss, Marco Illi, Ken Clarke,

Our deliverers:  Nina Blaafjell, Javier Dominguez, Rachid Radi.

We have to take a moment to remember one of our greatest helpers, who so sadly passed away last October:  Jorunn Stenkler.  Not only did she raise funds continuously for the purchase of baby food and items: Jorunn personally helped several families in bad shape to get back on their feet, by giving them moral support and kindness.  Her empathy and consideration and "Dugnad" were exceptional and it was an honour to work with her for 3 years before she died.  She is deeply missed by us all. 

Our Fixers:  Juan Antonio Martín,  Horst Goeke, Josele Marcos,  Peeter Loos, Manuel Cabrera,

The organizations and companies helping us are numerous and we hope we don't leave any out: 

Sjømannskirken (Norwegian Seamans' Church)
Scandinavian Tourist Church of Puerto Rico
Norwegian Club (Boccia Club, Bridge Club)
HIPERDINO Arguineguin
Tara Animal Respect Association
Comercial Baez
Hotel Cordial

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