Work nearly complete on Marbella centre for children with special needs

Work around the pool outside the Global Gift house.
Work around the pool outside the Global Gift house. / SUR
  • The Global Gift Foundation reports on the progress of the facility on which it has already spent more than 500,000 euros

Builders are currently putting the finishing touches to the centre for children with special needs being set up by the Global Gift Foundation in Marbella. Coinciding with the foundation's "philanthropic weekend", hosted by founder María Bravo and benefactors who include actress Eva Longoria, more details have been revealed about the centre and what it will be used for.

Several local associations that had no premises when the project was launched six years ago will benefit from the services offered: Adisol (Costa del Sol diabetics association), Bubbles and Dreams (for undiagnosed rare illnesses), CADI (centre for child diversity), the Malaga cystic fybrosis association, Adahimar (an association for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and learning difficulties) and the Marbella-San Pedro multiple sclerosis association.

The aim of the facilities is the social inclusion of children with disabilities, illnesses or other difficulties. Organisations will be able to use the house as their administrative and social headquarters. Several rooms are being equipped to provide services ranging from psychology, speech therapy and physiotherapy to training and seminars. A kitchen will also be used for workshops. As well as special treatment rooms for sufferers of cystic fybrosis, among other illnesses, the house will also have a main function room, outdoor sports facilities, an organic market garden and a hydrotherapy pool.

The foundation's idea to create Casa Global Gift was born in 2013 and it was in 2015 that Marbella town hall proposed the use of Casa la Panocha, a municipally-owned building on the La Virginia road. The foundation was granted the concession to use the building in 2016 and work to convert the house began in May 2018.

So far the foundation has spent 500,000 euros on the house, while the cost of furnishings and equipment, including state-of-the-art machinery, will be 250,000 euros.