2012-12-04

A toast to The Laundry Project!

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By Ana Velde and Charisse Hazlett Last Friday, the 30th of November, we celebrated the grand re-opening of the Laundry Project "Su Lavandería". The cooperative is entering a new phase in their project, so there were plenty of reasons to celebrate! We took a tour from one of the workers, and received an explanation about the new machinery - which increases the capacity of the laundromat. After this brief tour, we had the opportunity to talk with the new team of young people working there. It was a very special occasion to meet the individuals whose lives had been changed in great ways because of this project. The team was very hospitable to us by treating us as friends and offering us drinks, delicious empanadas and cakes. While we were chatting away, there were several activities going on in the Laundry Project. For example, to promote the project, it was possible to get your sheets and towels cleaned for free! Also, there was a screening of a video about The Laundry Project - also made by volunteers - showing the developments of the last few months. The video showed the typical life in the shantytown Villa Soldati where most of the workers are from, and the video showed some interesting interviews with the youth that works in the project. As a goodbye present, we all received a cute little washing machine, made out of wood, to take home as a souvenir. All in all, we enjoyed getting to know the youth of The Laundry Project and were amazed with the improvements that they have made. We admire their ambition and recommend everybody to take some interest in this project!

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