The Councillor for Immigration and Citizenship, Emilio Zaplana, was speaking last week about the success of an inter cultural community programme that was held at Rabaloche earlier this year thanks to a grant from the European Social Fund for Integration, which contributed through the Ministry of Health and Social Services 46,995 euros. A further 18,000 euros was allocated to the project from the Orihuela Department of Immigration

According to figures provided by Zaplana, up until 30 June there were 14 activities organized at La Ermita de San Isidro, San Antonio de Padua and Santo Sepulcro La Ermita de San Isidro, attracting 276 participants. The aim of the project was to cut across the many social issues affecting immigrants that have settled in the area.

For the most part the program attracted young women (73%) aged between 15-35 years. By nationality, 75% were Spanish and the other 24.6% foreigners, from Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia and Georgia. Activities included Zumba (51 participants), fitness (44) football (37) and crafts (20 people).

Most of the classes for children were held during the first three weeks of July, to coincide with the cessation of activities organized by other associations.

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