Three Swedish residents living in Almuñécar were thanked last week by the town's councillor for Social Services, María del Carmen Reinoso, for raising over 4,300 euros to help vulnerable families during the coronavirus lockdown.
The initiative started in March when translator Felicia Sánchez Hermansson offered her services to the town hall as information was published in Spanish. "Many of the foreign residents didn't understand what the rules were or what was going on, so I translated what the town hall published into Swedish and English and made sure it went onto local social media," she told SUR in English.
From there, Felicia, who recently took over the Almunecar.se website, which has local information in English and Swedish, came up with the idea of asking fellow Swedes to raise money to help vulnerable families in Almuñécar and La Herradura.
Bosse Essen and Ann-Marie Bönstróm came on board and between them raised 4,370 euros with donations from 236 Scandinavian residents living in the two towns.
The money helped 54 families, providing clothes, food and school resources.
Supporting local businesses
"We bought everything from local shops, so we supported the local community that way too," Felicia confirmed. "In fact the owner of the clothes shop is a single mother with three children and was struggling due to the coronavirus crisis."
Thanking Felicia, Bosse and Ann-Marie, Reinoso said, "Having lived in Almuñécar for a number of years all three have been getting more and more involved in local life. They have also been involved in other activities such as beach and river cleanups. They keep their website, almunecar.se, and the Facebook page up to date, offering tourist, cultural and other information about the towns in several languages."