Foundation Manos Abiertas – Shelter Home Madre de la Ternura (Mar del Plata)

Foundation Manos Abiertas – Shelter Home Madre de la Ternura (Mar del Plata)

The Shelter Home Madre de la Ternura (Mother of Tenderness) of the Manos Abiertas (Open Arms) Foundation in Mar del Plata (address: calle Corrientes 3264) offers shelter and protection to mothers and little children in fragile situations. The house in which the shelter is established is owned by the Manos Abiertas Foundation. It is located three blocks from the Maternal and Children’s Hospital, which facilitates medical care for the mothers and their children. The surface area of the house is 325 m² and is more than 60 years old. It has a kitchen-refectory, 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a living room, a storage room, a laundry room, a covered arcade and a courtyard. The roof is made of fibre-cement and metal plates. Due to ageing of the materials the roof is deteriorated, causing water leaks in the house. On the other hand, there are plans to expand the facilities, in order to be able to attend more mothers in a vulnerable situation. Therefore, the proposition of the project is the reparation of the roof and a stone construction.


Thanks to the work of 45 volunteers, the Home can offer shelter on an ongoing basis (day and night) to mothers and children. Also, university students contribute, fulfilling their social internship. At the shelter kitchen, sewing and art classes are offered for personal and professional development of the mothers.


The beneficiaries are 100% women, boys and girls who don’t have their basic needs covered, homeless, out of work, sometimes victims of gender-based violence, without family ties nor a social network. The ages range from 18 to 40 years old. 90% of these persons live in suburban marginal areas of Mar del Plata, the other 10% are from other cities.

During almost 7 years of operation, 55 women (some pregnant), 75 children and 17 mothers of hospitalized children have been hosted. On average, 10 mothers and 12 children per year benefit of the project. Team Mother Theresa: 15 elderly per year. Team San José: 12 terminally ill per year. Music lessons for children: 37 boys and girls in 2 years.


The requested funds will be used to repair the water leaks of the roof, in order to procede to expand the facilities.

The goal of this project is to expand the capacity in order to keep receiving mothers and children who are in vulnerable situations. To obtain this goal, the first priority and ongoing concern is to improve the conditions of the facilities.


Budget: 5000 euros (approximately, depending of the exchange rate, which is fluctuating a lot).