Two kind hearted expats have begun a campaign to help provide Christmas presents for children in danger of social exclusion in the province of Malaga. Elle Monaghan and Teresa Leaver have founded a charity group called Just a Little Help, and their aim is to help the youngsters in the care of the Mundo Infantil Association, an organisation founded in 1992 that manages centres in Malaga, Álora and Antequera. The centres care for children between the ages of eight and eighteen and run programmes to prepare teenagers for adulthood, with an emphasis on social skills and employment.
Elle and Teresa started the charity group with a Facebook page as a central point where people could find information about how to make donations.
"We started Just a Little Help to assist Mundo Infantil, a charity children's orphanage that is extremely underfunded and relatively unknown. Basically, what we try to do is find help from local businesses. The main focus at the moment is Christmas and we aim to make sure that all the children receive something," Elle explained to SUR in English.
Jackie's Bar in Fuengirola is one of the local businesses that has joined the campaign and it has so far raised more than five hundred euros to purchase winter coats for the children. As well as fundraising quiz and bingo nights, owner Jackie has also launched an innovative toiletries campaign.
"The toiletries idea came about after a group of tourists left behind unused suntan lotions, deodorants and shower gel, which I sold for a few coppers. My customers have also donated new items, so the idea has been really successful," Jackie said.
The group is also asking for gift vouchers and any other presents to help the underprivileged children enjoy the festive season.
"We need donations to help these children. They are not toddlers or tiny babies, so are mostly overlooked or abandoned. Every child deserves a chance and these children need to know there is someone out there who cares," Elle concluded.
Information about drop-off points can be found on Just a Little Help's Facebook page.