About Jimena de la Frontera, the province of Cadiz and Spain as a whole, focused on this small village in the mountains

‘2009 Holidays in Peace’

saharauis-1 The Jimena chapter of Asociación de Amigos del Pueblo Saharaui del Campo de Gibraltar Solidaridad is asking local residents to give the children of the Western Sahara refugees a break during the summer. The campaign has been running for years in other communities throughout Spain, but this is only the second time for Jimena. If you can take in a child or two over the summer, read on>

saharauis2 The Vacaciones en Paz 2009 campaign’s aim is to bring over children from the refugee camps in Tindouf, Algeria (see related items here) for a short break from the summer hardships of the desert.

The main objectives are:

  • To avoid exposure to the desert’s high temperatures (between 55º and 60º) and the sandstorms that damages eyes, teeth, throat and ears.
  • To give them check ups to detect and correct any medical problems as described above. They are fully vaccinated and don’t usually present other problems.
  • To offer them the supplementary nutrition that they lack at ‘home’, where they usually eat only once a day.
  • To establish and maintain relationships of friendship and co-operation among families that will help them survive into the future.
  • To keep the cultural links alive, remembering that they are are our brothers and were once as Spanish as any other Spaniard.
  • But mainly, to enjoy the company of these well-mannered kids, who are always grateful.


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When the children arrive in Spain, their temporary families take them in as just another member. New families receive continuous practical advice throughout the kids’ visit, particularly before and at the beginning, to overcome any initial difficulties that might arise.

If your family would like to take part, please call Fran on 617 503 328 (from 3pm onwards), or Almu on 600 702 252.


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