Azalea Visits the garden of the Red Cross
Some members of the Azalea team traveled to Alicante on Friday, July 13th to visit the facilities of the headquarters of the Spanish Red Cross of this province and, especially, the social garden they have..
The Red Cross is one of the main NGOs in Spain which, with more than 150 years of history, works for the vulnerable population, either inside or outside the country. Its functions are focused on socio-economic and environmental protection and prevention services and programs. The main activities covered include a social cycle of total integration, from employment to risk prevention, emergencies, etc.
One of the actions carried out by the Red Cross of Alicante has been the establishment of a garden of a social nature that has been underway since 2012, located in the vicinity of its headquarters. Its objectives are the integration of social groups, disabled people and people in social exclusion, contributing with their education and training in organic farming. "The garden is a national project of 'eco-social garden'. The social approach has always been and is already in the Red Cross”, explains Karine Lopes, member of the Red Cross team and one of the persons responsible for the garden. This forms a playful-educational space that favors the integration of these groups in a cultural and environmental way, promoting traditional agriculture with tasks of design, preparation and maintenance, pest control, composting, etc.
Some associations or companies have also been involved in this activity attending to their corporate social responsibility, contributing in workshops and tasks that help in the development of the garden. "We decided to give the associations a space for leisure, respite and integration," adds Lucía Brugada, member of the Red Cross and partially in charge of the garden.
For its part, the Azalea team works its own garden in order to integrate it so that it stops being an obstacle in the growth of the cities, being able to make it part of the house itself. This social and environmental philosophy shared by the Red Cross and Azalea grants the garden a great value, becoming an important part of the Valencian identity that we work to preserve.