In the spirit of Thanksgiving and the upcoming holidays, it came to me to research charities in Spain. We are all aware of the charities and non-profit organizations here in the United States, such as the Salvation Army and St. Judes Children Hospital, which are extremely visible during the holiday season. With that said, it is important to remember that people outside of the United States are also in need of assistance.
In the Andalucia and the region of Costa del Sol in Spain there are multiple charities that help many different groups in need. There are charities that help sick children and orphans suffering from disease such as diabetes. Unfortunately, there are also charities that help terminally ill children as well. Some of these charities are international, such as the Red Cross (Cruz Roja). It is very easy to volunteer and there are many ways to make a difference. Volunteers can take a hands on approach or merely help behind the scenes. Volunteering in a foreign country allows people to meet individuals from different nationalities. As obvious as it may be, I had not thought of this opportunity before, and now plan to to volunteer at a charity in Malaga, Spain when I study abroad there next year (hopefully).
There is a charity in Malaga called Cuidad de los Niños. This is an organization aimed to help disadvantaged children and young people. Cuidad de los Niños is run by brothers from “Hermanos Obreros de María” and is monitored by the Andalusian Regional Government. Children who have been removed from their parents’ homes are provided with schooling and housing. Low income children and children with special needs also receive an education from Cuidad de los Niños. Volunteering is difficult due to laws that have been passed recently, but donations and fundraisers on behalf of Cuidad de los Niños are always appreciated.