Vulnerable Groups Assisted (El Vigia, 1/7/13 by Enrique Rojas)

San Quintín, BC - This year coordination by the Ministry of Municipal Social Development of Ensenada (Sedesom) will especially focus on the care of vulnerable groups in the region, which are the elderly, single mothers and street children.

Once responsible for this work for the Buenos Aires Government, Arnulfo Narváez Gómez, reports the actions will be carried out in each of the municipal delegations of the region supporting these sectors. This action was developed by Mayor Enrique Pelayo Torres, and instructs the head of the Agency in Ensenada, Marco Antonio Novelo Osuna, "who is concerned about the situation of these groups".

He has specified that in the case of street children, in each delegation it was detected there are 10 to 12 children aged between 8 and 13, who are dedicated to cleaning trucks on the outskirts of shops. Since some of these children already face problems of addiction, their presence generate discomfort and concern to business owners, who fear they may cause them more problems.

Using a specific program, Narvaez Gomez explained, he will seek to contact the families of the children and see in what conditions they live, and why the child are not at home and in those cases what has happened. Because of their age, he continued, these children should be at school and not walking the streets or be abandoned, and noted that in each case a diagnosis will be made to determine how to proceed to reverse the situation in which they live.

Older adults who do not have any support will continue receiving benefits from Sedesom, through its assistance programs, mentioned Arnulfo Narváez. Single mothers, "who are the second majority group in a vulnerable condition that seek attention and support." He indicated they will receive the support required for themselves and their children.

He noted that these people mainly request food support, school articles (stationary items and uniforms) and support for health issues (payment of medicines). In the community aspect, he said work will continue on issues of communal work and community services.

Cataviña - a Quiet Community (El Vigia, 1/7/13 by Andrew Perales)

Cataviña, BC - The delegation of Cataviña is a very quiet town. Despite little security and a lack of services, the residents are said to live at ease. Located about 150 kilometers south of the delegation of San Quintin, Catavina seems to have stayed in the past, not seeing the same progress compared to the population growth of other delegations.

The community has approximately 200 inhabitants and is one of the oldest delegations of the municipality of Ensenada whose inhabitants are engaged in livestock and mining. Currently, the place does not have electric power, since most of the homes and businesses have solar panels and water supply is provided by Cataviña community.

Garbage collection is performed by Cataviña community, moving household waste to the local dump. Telephone lines do not reach the people and the Health Center only opens once a month. There is no public transportation except on the Transpeninsular Highway, but it is difficult to take a bus to go to the nearest villages, since trucks only travel to this area hours apart.

The ejido lacks a public park or recreation areas where families have fun on weekends or any tourist attractions. For sports, there are no courts except at the schools. Despite little surveillance, the problem of drug addiction is also nonexistent since it is in an area far from Ensenada and is not very common in Catavina. Graffiti is the main problem although it is made by outsiders. Reports of theft are also minimal, so Cataviña stays a quiet community.


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