HAUGAN CRUISES Social Responsability
Haugan Cruises contribute to Jesús Divino Prison Foundacion, which is an Ecuadorian non-profit organization that continouously works in the community focusing on providing attention to the education of children, adolescents and youth of vulnerable and at risk sectors of the city. Here are some points that help explain our current work and background:
Young people between the ages of 15 and 24 are part of the minority taken into account by state policies and programs and private initiatives. Most of Ecuador's youth have scarce resources, they live in at risk sectors and are constantly trying to seek solutions to their problems which can consist of one or all of the following; education, community involvment and finding their first job.
We work in partnership with the Quito Juvenile Association which focuses on over 3,000 poor youth from 17 different communities in vulnerable sectors of Pichincha (Atahualpa, Puellaro, Malchinguí, Minas, San José Obrero, Otón among others).
Despite having some improvement over the years and more motivation in their lives, these young adults do not have sufficient financial resources to complete their high school education and/or university. Stemming from this problem, they have limited options when applying for jobs in companies in our environment.
Due to communities misunderstanding and not putting importance to this crisis, problems may arise that will affect our present and future, such as poverty, crime, drug use and unemployment.
In the foundation we dedicate our efforts to obtain the necessary means to support the formal education of these young people and to open doors in companies so that they have access to decent jobs. We manage funds for scholarships, training, agreements, supervision and follow-ups of scholarship holders, and we have resource audits.
In 2012 we started with 30 high school and university scholarship recipients, many graduated and others managed to get their first job with our help. We now currently have 90 participants.
Our main goal now is to reach out to more young people. What has been achieved so far is just the beginning of something great, but the need for help remains as our resources are limited.