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Paraguayan Armed Forces Help the Homeless with Operation Winter

first_imgWhile at the barracks, the Military provides the homeless with hygiene services, haircuts and food, while the sick are sent to government medical centers. Four service members stationed at the shelter have been trained in first aid, sanitation and human rights. Paraguay’s Armed Forces, with the help of government and civil society agencies, are providing 110 homeless persons of all ages with free shelter during the year’s coldest months in the capital of Asunción as part of Operation Winter. By Dialogo July 17, 2015 Come to Mercedes, province of Buenos AIres, where we’re all flooded, it’s incredible no one is concerned about us. Finally they’ve got the mentality to do good that is so needed. Also have the chance to train those people who need it so much or just able to work One homeless man wrapped himself in a blanket as he settled into a bunk bed near a space heater. As it began to drizzle and the temperature plummeted outside, the man tried to forget the hard day he spent begging on Asunción’s streets. During the year’s first Operation Winter on June 18, 27 homeless persons – 19 men, five women and three girls – stayed at the First Infantry Division’s barracks, said Aldo Zaldívar, with the National Emergency Department, which is also involved in the initiative. Service members are also preparing to accommodate an influx of people who could be left homeless by the possible flooding of the Paraguay River caused by intense rainfall during recent months. The Military provides basic assistance for riverside residents trying to erect improvised housing on barrack grounds. “The operation is activated when the temperature falls below 10ºC,” said Brigadier General Raimundo Ramón Reyes, commanding officer of the First Infantry Division. Its barracks, one of the Military’s locations that provide shelter, are on the outskirts of Asunción, close to the Paraguay River. “For breakfast they had cocido con galleta, as well as an alternative menu of hot soup to recover their strength,” Brigadier General Ramón Reyes said, stressing the base’s doors will always be open to citizens in need. Residents can anonymously report minors living on the streets by calling toll free 147 and disclose their location. “People also arrive on their own or are brought by 911 National Police patrols.” The other 83 homeless participating in Operation Winter spent the night in Asunción’s main plazas downtown, where service members distributed weatherized tents that include mattresses, blankets and food. “Although we are prohibited from housing children and adults together at the shelter in question, the three girls were allowed in the shelter because they were the daughters of a woman rescued from the intense cold,” Zaldívar told the daily ABC Color on June 19. “However, generally they are referred to the Department of Children and Adolescents. But since they were with their mother, we allowed them to remain in her care.” “We respect their lifestyle; we do not judge them for being homeless,” said Brigadier General Ramón Reyes. “When they arrive, the first step is to give them a general medical check-up to detect whether they are suffering any sort of ailment and offer them medical treatment and medication. The next step is to allow them to get cleaned up.” last_img read more

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Lendlease PepsiCo and Royal Mail are among 2018s top employers for women

first_imgBT, Co-op, Lendlease (pictured), PepsiCo, Royal Mail and Vodafone are among the UK organisations that feature in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2018 list, compiled by The Times and Business in the Community (BITC).The unranked list, which forms part of Responsible Business Week (23-27 April 2018), recognises UK employers that are making gender equality a key focus within their business strategy. This includes creating inclusive workplace cultures, and progressing women in their careers across all areas and levels of the organisation.Other organisations recognised on the 2018 list include Ashurst, BBC, Barclays, Deloitte, Lloyds Banking Group, Mercer, Norton Rose Fulbright, Santander UK, Sky, the British Army and Unilever UK.In addition, three organisations from the list have been named winners in the Business in the Community Gender Equality Awards 2018. These awards celebrate progress in gender equality in the workplace, and showcase examples of best practice, impact, innovation and individual achievement.Management consulting organisation Accenture and telecommunications business Sky both won the Game Changer award, while digital technology organisation Fujitsu was recognised with the Gender Champion award. Finalists in this category include the Post Office and Tideway.Chloe Chambraud, gender equality director at Business in the Community, said: “A huge congratulations to all the organisations in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2018 and to the Business in the Community Gender Equality Awards 2018 winners and finalists. They have shown their strong commitment to enabling men and women to contribute equally to society, understanding and addressing barriers to gender equality in the workplace, and recognising the benefits of having a diverse workforce at all levels. I hope that even more employers will follow their examples of best practice on this agenda.”Dan Labbad, chief executive officer, international operations at Lendlease, added: “Being named one of the UK’s top employers for women is great news and welcome recognition for Lendlease’s continued efforts to attract more women into construction. We are pleased to be recognised for our efforts so far on this critical issue, but we are not complacent and will continue working hard to build a more inclusive workforce.”Dr Siobhan Martin, UK HR director at Mercer, said: “I am thrilled that Mercer has been named among The Times Top 50 Employers for Women. We’re on a mission to ensure [employees] reach their full potential, through bringing their whole selves to work, having diverse role models to look up to and having stimulating, progressive careers. We offer a breadth of flexible working options and support everyone regardless of family arrangements.”last_img read more

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