ESOMAR Foundation awarded its first 2014 Local Initiatives Programme grant to Argentinian charity Fundación Tzedaká. The organization supports Argentinians in poverty, with the help of paid staff and volunteers. The support programme UNI© ensures young people to acquire the tools they need to achieve their life goals and break the intergenerational poverty cycle.
The ESOMAR Foundation grant will support activities aiming to achieve a series of specific goals including enabling university and tertiary studies completion.
In 2015, Fundacion Tzedaka was able to increase the number of young people enrolled in the UNI program from 93 in 2014 to 104 today. The ESOMAR Foundation grant was used to financially support students enabling them to complete their degrees or continue their academic education. Eight Students, seven women and one man, were able to continue their academic education. These young people, supported through the UNI program, come from economically severe vulnerable situations living on average on USD 10 per day to cover all of their housing, food, clothing, healthcare, transportation and educational needs.
“Gala is 22 years old and still lives with her mother in the suburbs of Buenos Aires. Gala is the breadwinner of the family as her mother suffers from severe health problems. Gala is in her 5th year of her MBA program at University of Buenos Aires, which includes a pre-professional internship at HSBC Bank. She only has three more subjects to pass to get her degree in December 2015. The UNI Scholarship allows her to cover her transportation costs and tuition fees”