SAO PAULO – Spain’s Princess Elena visited on Wednesday a social project in Paraisopolis – Sao Paulo’s second-largest “favela,” or shantytown – aimed at raising women’s awareness about material health, childhood development and social development.
The initiative, launched jointly by Israel’s Albert Einstein Hospital and Spain’s Mapfre Foundation, is designed to benefit thousands of people in two favelas in southern Sao Paulo, one of them being Paraisopolis.
Elena, who is the project director for the Mapfre Foundation, visited the educational and health center that the Albert Einstein Hospital established years ago in Paraisopolis, an enormous favela where more than 55,000 people live.
There, activities have been launched in keeping with the “Mapfre-Einstein in the Community” project, which offers a series of workshops and discussions on assorted topics related to pregnancy and newborn care.
The initiative also deals with the importance of childhood development, health habits and family planning.
“It’s a tremendous help to all those mothers, girls and boys. It’s a very good thing for them,” the princess told EFE, going on to chat with some of the women participating in the project.
Mapfre Foundation Social Action director Daniel Restrepo, meanwhile, emphasized that the initiative launched with the Albert Einstein Hospital, one of the key medical institutions in Latin America, is the foundation’s “most important” international endeavor.
After visiting Paraisopolis, the princess attended a luncheon with Sao Paulo Mayor Joao Doria and his wife, Bia Doria, and on Wednesday evening she will participate in a dinner with representatives of the local Spanish Chamber of Commerce.
On Thursday, Princess Elena will attend the Mapfre Foundation’s “Na Pista Certa” program, at which small children engage in fun activities to learn about traffic safety.