Portugal: Association points to financial issue as biggest obstacle to the services provided to Cape Verdean families

Lisbon, Nov 30 (Inforpress) – The Associação de Solidariedade Social do Alto da Cova da Moura (ASSACM), Association of Social Solidarity of Alto da Cova da Moura) a neighbourhood in the municipality of Amadora where residents are mostly Cape Verdean, points to the financial issue as the biggest constraint in the services provided to the community.

Speaking to Inforpress, the president of ASSACM, which is celebrating its 43rd anniversary this year, Vanda Carmo, said that cultural diversity characterises the municipality of Amadora (Portugal) and that because Cova da Moura is a neighbourhood where most of the population has always been Cape Verdean, the organisation has a “much more direct” relationship with the ambassador and the Cabo Verde Cultural Centre (CCCV).

“The challenges are really more financial. Reimbursements for projects aren’t always as swift as we’d like, as we’re a non-profit organisation, we don’t have our own funds and it’s through these projects that we develop all these services for the community, which are free of charge,” She explained.

Among these services provided are the approximately 50 children that the association receives, with study support, some recreational and sporting activities and social support for around 200 families, monthly, without forgetting the Local Immigrant Support Center, through a partnership which is funded by the High Commission for Migration (now the Portuguese Agency for Minorities, Migrations and Asylum).

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