The Community of Madrid donates 5000 Metro tickets to Mensajeros de la Paz to facilitate care for people with scant resources
The Community of Madrid has donated 5000 single-journey metro tickets to Mensajeros de la Paz to assist in care for people with scant economic resources, primarily users who resort to the Food Bank.
This is set forth in the renewal of the cooperation agreement signed this morning between Padre Ángel, President of Mensajeros de la Paz, and the Secretary of Transport, Housing and Infrastructure of the Community of Madrid, Pedro Rollán, who underlined the Regional Government’s commitment to “facilitating the mobility of people lacking in resources, for which purpose cooperation with such organizations as Mensajeros de la Paz is essential”.
In the last two years, cooperation between both institutions has led to other assignments of 5000 tickets a year for their distribution amongst people who resort to Mensajeros de la Paz in Madrid, as well as the maintenance of solidarity machines in the metro network for collecting food donations.
The transport tickets donated are for single metro journeys within Zone A, which will be given out to users of the Madrid Solidarity Bank. This provides assistance for families with scant economic resources by way of distributing food and hygiene products, payment of domestic utilities, rental assistance or pharmacy expenses.
This social project covers the Central, Villaverde Alto and Vallecas-El Pozo del Tío Raimundo areas. Tickets will also be handed out to users of charity family and children’s canteens located in different parts of the Community of Madrid, as well as to users of other projects who have a recognized need for assistance to cover their basic needs, as is the case of the homeless who receive care by way of Iglesia de San Antón. In all, Mensajeros de la Paz provides care for 4800 people.
METRO SOCIAL LINE
The renewal of this agreement forms part of the Madrid Underground Social Line, which sets out to make a contribution to the improvement of the social environment in which it operates and thereby endeavours to provide ongoing cooperation with different NGOs and other bodies. Notable amongst the latest actions carried out is the recent “En línea con quien más lo necesita” (In line with whoever is most in need) campaign, in which a dozen NGOs cooperated.
Metro Madrid is anxious to go on fomenting its Corporate Social Responsibility programme, focused on the development of its social line, which has the main strategic aim of attempting to alleviate, insofar as possible, the difficulties that people at risk of social exclusion in the Community of Madrid may face in the course of their everyday lives. During last year some 200 actions were undertaken in conjunction with 73 social charities.