We work with local partners to develop projects that arise from shared needs with the population and promote networking among local actors. ASPEm’s approach is characterised by participation and community development and is expressed through promotion, animation and vocational training activities.
In South America, ASPEm works in Peru, Bolivia and Guatemala with projects aimed at the most vulnerable, especially children and women. The themes are work, health, family violence, the defence of human rights, the improvement of housing conditions, economic development and environmental protection.
In Africa, ASPEm has active partnerships with Guinea Conakry, Burundi and Ethiopia to implement social and food sovereignty projects.
The Global Citizenship Education work we carry out in the territory and in particular in schools is methodologically inspired both by the reflections of the Italian NGO world, and by the reflections and practice we have had the opportunity to conduct in Latin America during the twenty-five years of our presence there.
Today, our collaboration with the schools aims to make the various actors in the local area delve into topical issues related to human rights, interculturalism, cooperation and sustainability, with the aim of offering innovative supports and tools to enable participatory and experiential paths in which to encourage protagonism and participation. We also work in close contact with citizenship as a whole, encouraging critical thinking and social cohesion not only among students but also among parents and teachers, in order to offer tools for mutual enhancement.
We recognise volunteering as a space for responsible participation, which is why we promote national and international volunteering programmes that benefit young people who choose them. You can decide to join in Italy and abroad, through the Universal Civil Service or the EU Aid Volunteers programme.
We also support organisations in Europe, Africa, Latin America and Asia to improve their capacity to manage the sending and hosting of volunteers.