TWELVE children from the Western Sahara in Africa will be spending the rest of the summer in Torrevieja.
In an initiative organised between the Torrevieja Council and a scheme known as Vacaciones en paz (Holidays in peace), a dozen youngsters will get the rare opportunity to get to know and understand somewhere completely different to where they live and to take part in play and educational schemes in the summer schools. Another vital part of the scheme will be for them to undergo a series of medical tests and receive any subsequent treatment if needed.
The children, accompanied by the Spanish families that are looking after them during their trip, attended a special welcoming reception organised by the council and were presented with a selection of school supplies from the mayor, Jose Manuel Dolon.
Carmen Pérez, the president of the Families of the Saharawi Children Association (FANS) took the opportunity of inviting more people to take part in the scheme which will permit more children to experience the same in the future.
Jose Manuel Dolon addressed those present thanking all those Spanish families that had became involved in the project to host children that had been ‘born in the midst of conflict’ and for giving them the chance of these experiences.