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Postby andalucia » Tue Mar 20, 2007 11:49 am


Horizonte is a non-profit charity which has been actively involved in drug prevention and rehabilitation for the past 25 years.

Three centres have been established in high-risk slum areas where, once school ends at 2 p.m. the children roam the streets and have no cultural or sports activities and are in danger of getting involved in drug consumption. Here the children can choose amongst multiple activities, art, drama, music, dancing, cooking, sewing, computer studies, revision of school tasks, and sports. Guidance is offered to parents and teachers as well as career orientation through the programme “Entre Todos” (" All Together”) 34 . We are dealing with children belonging to a social strata where unemployment, school absenteeism, fragile family structure and precarious living in areas where the residents belong to different and conflicting ethnic groups create a dangerous infrastructure.

Unfortunately the centre in “Las Albarizas”, Marbella has been totally vandalized and destroyed by the drug dealers in the area, and due to the precarious situation of the town hall the Association has no subsidies to re-build it, and consequently the neighbouring children have no haven to keep them out of the streets.

Horizonte have a therapeutic programme for people with addictions of all sorts: drugs, alcohol, gambling, and maintain an apartment for people undergoing treatment where there is 24 hour supervision. Many of the residents have been released on bail so that they can overcome their addictions out of prison.

Two SPRING BAZAARS will be held. SUNDAY 22ND APRIL in the Church Square in SAN PEDRO, and on SUNDAY the 29th APRIL in the Alameda gardens in MARBELLA.

The 25th ANNIVERSARY GALA will be held at the EL FUERTE HOTEL MARBELLA on MARCH 31st with dinner and dancing at 8.30 p.m. Tickets are 125 euros and are available at El Fuerte Hotel (tel:952920004) or at HORIZONTE`S Office at Calle Galveston no. 5 Marbella (tel:952858652) or call Leila on 676752304. The Assoctiation is always looking for volunteers to help in the thrift shop, prevention centres and other activities.

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