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AMU anti-poverty projects

Businesses that join the EoC share their annual profits for three purposes: development projects and assistance for people in need, training in the culture of giving, and business consolidation and growth.

For the first of these purposes, EoC collaborates closely with AMU - Azione per un Mondo Unito ONLUS,

which manages part of the profits pooled by the companies to implement development projects that restore employment and dignity to people in socially and economically vulnerable conditions.

Together we develop and implement projects to start and consolidate productive activities with a high social impact that create new employment for people in vulnerable conditions. In this way, people who would otherwise depend on outside help have the opportunity to improve and enhance their work skills, getting to earn through their work the right compensation that allows them and their families to live with dignity.

Projects always start from the proposals of our local partner associations that, inspired by EoC values, work closely with situations of misery around the world.

The experience gained in the field and the values at the basis of our work have allowed us to develop in recent years what we call "development of communion": a perspective of development based on the ability of each person to give something of themselves and of the goods at their disposal, even in conditions of serious need. This is why in each project we provide specific forms and tools to implement the reciprocity of the gift, a sign of protagonism on the part of the people involved and a guarantee of a genuine path to integral human development.

Below are the projects currently underway:

Social Report

In June 2023 AMU published the Social Report 2022, the tool that aims to communicate with incisiveness and sincerity the life of the 'association, the commitment of members and collaborators, the impacts of its work, but above all to keep alive and spread the tension toward a United World.

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#AMU - Ecuador, young people are yearning for community

The latest activities of the Esperanza project involved 60 young people from the communities of Sálima, 10 de Agosto and Macará, who wanted to return to community life.

published in AMU, June 2021

The Esmeraldas Province is one of the poorest areas in the Country and for this reason we have been operating in the communities of Sálima, 10 de Agosto and Macará since 2016 in the aftermath of an earthquake. The Ecuadorian government declared the state of emergency in mid March 2020 because of Covid-19 and ordered a total quarantine (with the exclusion of essential jobs and those necessary for the delivery of food and medicine). Considering that most people operate within the informal economy, the emergency has also become a social and food issue.

Members of local communities have pointed out the risk of closing the business activities that are part of the “Sunrise Ecuador” project due to a lack of customers of their bakery and chicken farm. The families Progetti AMU EdCEquador 02 ridconnected to the project are risking their source of income. In addition more than 800 families wound not be able to have enough food

This is why the “Esperanza” emergency project came to be: the production of both the bakery and the chicken farm is bought to save jobs and is distributed to families in need free of charge.

Local communities are getting stronger and more capable of leading their own development. As a consequence, the very members of the local communities will directly manage the activities with some help from the outside even in this period of emergency: a better future is in their own hands.

The pandemic has brought with it moments of isolation and restrictions. Whilst being necessary to contain the infection, they have severely affected everyone’s daily lives. In Ecuador, young people felt the lack of being able to gather together and the possibility of sharing experiences with their peers. That’s why we organised activities whenever possible that encouraged them to get together and rediscover their role and potential within their communities.

My dream is to study. I liked all the workshops, here I have learned how to take care of the ecosystem, to relate better to others, I learned to express myself better, I learned that there are new opportunities.

It was a pleasure for us to have this opportunity, it was something new. Games and activities to share with friends from the community. I know that we young people have talents but because we’re shy we don’t show them, but thanks to these moments I learned to let go of my embarrassment and express myself in public…

By rediscovering and practising the golden rule “Do unto others what you would have them do unto you”, the young people also rediscovered a sense of reciprocity, typical of AMU interventions. When they talk about their future, they always stress their desire to strive to grow and put their talents and skills at the service of others:

I like learning new things and sharing what I have learned with others. I would like to study so as to become a good professional and help others. What I have learned most in the group is how to work as a team, to stick together and to learning to share.

AMU-EoC Emergency Project activities "Esperanza":
– Food raw materials sourcing and delivery
– Buying products of the community bakery and chicken farm
– Food logistics and distribution to 400 families in conjunction with local institutions

The Esperanza project in Ecuador is implemented with contributions from Economy of Communion

See all AMU-EoC project news in Ecuador

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