Category Archive : ACORN Argentina

New Report from Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires, May 2nd, 2011

Report: April- ACORN Argentina

Person in Charge: Yadira Micolta Victoria


The month of April was very successful for ACORN Argentina. The group of people we have been working with has strengthened day by day, and even some women of the community that were not very interested at first are now an important part of the group.

We had the opportunity to attend the 3rd meeting of NGOs in Buenos Aires. There, we met many organizations that work with the community and we built ties with NGOs that can benefit ACORN Argentina members. One of these NGOs is Club de Cine infantil La Linterna Mágica de Buenos Aires, who give children from low income families the opportunity to watch educational films. La Linterna Magica has offered the chance for 20 children of ACORN Argentina members to attend their films all year long; this is a great joy for us as it would be the first time for these children to ever go to the cinema.

We have also got in touch with Organización Árboles Sin Frontera, with which we might be able to set a community garden that would benefit the members of the community.

Another important achievement has been the beginning of the English workshop. Emma, a volunteer from the United States taught the first class. The bad weather, however, has not allowed us to carry the classes regularly. Ali Schwach and Jessi, both from the United States, helped out with Club ACORN as well.

Finally, our members Mónica, Verónica, María, Alberto, Dennis and some others have helped in the building of our Centro Cultural. With lots of effort we have started it with the hope that we will make it. We believe we won’t only get more people to sign up and become members of the organization but we will also give joy to the children and youth of Barrio Dorrego en Gonzalez Catán, La Matanza.

This month we will continue building, and we will go to schools where we will talk about the ‘eco-ladrillo’ project so as to engage more children and their parents. We wish to do fundraising among various embassies, and we will try to keep on making ties with other organizations.

Informe Marzo


1 de marzo 2011. Responsable: Yadira Micolta Victoria

Fecha actividad N° de miembros ACORN que asistieron Resultados observaciones Toques de puertas Acciones rápida Contactos institucionales
1 de marzo de 2011 Toque de puertas 10 miembros Las personas están dispuestas a ser parte de su comunidad

5 de marzo de 2011

Primera Reunión con los miembros Quedamos de iniciar el taller el 12 de abril

12 de Marzo

De 2011

Primer taller sobre Reciclaje

7 adultos

Ese día llovía y se dificulto un poco, pero a pesar de ello nos comprometimos a iniciar con el proyecto.
15 de marzo de 2011 Establecimos el proyecto Se decidió hacer el comedor comunitario con el eco-ladrillo, edificar en madera el centro cultural y hacer una cancha y un parque.
19 de marzo de 2011

2 taller

Sobre Círculo quebrado

Y limpieza del lugar

Asistieron 10 adultos y 20 niños. Entre todos limpiamos el terreno en donde se llevara a cabo el proyecto.
22 de marzo de 2011 Se termino de firmar la carta para llevar a la municipalidad, surgió la idea de una feria comunitaria. 2 miembros Fue una visita que se hizo en la casa de una de los miembros.
26 de marzo de 2011

Taller visualizando mi barrio con los adultos


Y Con los niños se pinto en una hoja los diferentes símbolos del reciclaje el lugar.

Asistieron 8 miembros adultos y 18 niños Por ser feriado largo las personas adultas que asistieron fueron pocas.
28 de marzo de 2011 Tuvimos una nueva voluntaria.

Una chica de Estados Unidos, California que se dispuso por 1 mes a dictar talleres de inglés a los niños.

29 de marzo de 2011 Nos asociamos con un par de chicos que pertenecen a una organización audiovisual La idea es contar la vida de estas personas a través de imágenes
2 de abril de 2011

Cuarto taller,


Consejos para el cuidado del medioambiente, presentación de los chicos que harán visualizaciones con ellos.

Asistieron 12 miembros adultos y 24 miembros niños.

Se eligió el tamaño de las botellas con el que haremos nuestra primera construcción que será una banca.

2 de abril de 2011 Le llevamos a regalar un mercado (alimentos) a una de los miembros de la organización. Lo hicimos por la necesidad que tienen estas personas, es una manera de ayudarlos y de que ellos se comprometan más con lo que hacemos.


El lunes iremos a la municipalidad en donde buscaremos los papeles del terreno (que sea comunitario), el día miércoles formaremos la junta directiva y al tiempo se iniciaran con las clases de inglés para los niños, El Club Acorn. Además se llevara una carta para entregarla al encargado de la plaza en donde se hará la Feria de comida y ropa usada. El 9 de abril haremos nuestra primera feria para recolectar fondos.

ACORN Argentina, La Matanza

La Matanza

La Matanza, barrio y limpieza.

La Matanza neighborhood and cleanup. 


Eventos para recoger fondos en Argentina!

About ACORN Argentina

ACORN Argentina, founded in 2006, in Buenos Aires, campaigns for basic human rights such as public housing, basic education, clean air and water and against pollution.

Our achievements include:

A campaign in La Boca, in the southern district of the capital, where ACORN Argentina members organized against eviction and ‘temporary displacement’. The homes of the affected people were slated for demolition by the Institute of Housing that had bought the area in 1991to build higher income housing. Due to the efforts of ACORN Argentina and its members, majority of the homes were saved, although some families lost their homes. Till today, ACORN Argentina continues to fight for the public housing tenants. It has since expanded itself to some of the poorest areas in the city such as Barracas, Constitucion, and Paque Patricios, while consolidating its presence in La Boca.

In 2006 we worked to bring to the attention of the Ministry of the Public Works the failing pipe system in Buenos Aires. The city slopes upwards as it spreads north. The pipe system in the south bears the brunt of water flow when it rains. Additionally, the south is seriously under-maintained. There is very little water pressure, large scale sewage problems and frequent flooding which leads to large pools of stagnant water in areas that have high level of pollution and infrequent trash collection. ACORN Argentina and its members convinced the ministry of public works that this was serious problem for many communities in the south. Now the southern pipe system regularly receives the same cleanings as the north, and the situation has significantly improved.

Over the last one year ACORN Argentina has been conducting a campaign against heavy transport vehicles plying through poor neighborhoods. This campaign emerged out of the concerns of our members around their water and sanitation infrastructure. The campaign targets huge 18 wheel trucks illegally barreling down the narrow streets in poor neighborhoods. The weight of the trucks damages the underground pipe system and, with passage of time, creates fissures in the walls of the dwellings. They also pose safety risk to the local residents, especially children (one child had been killed just around the time we started out our campaign). In a year’s time we have secured promises from both the police and the Transit Ministry to deploy more officers to the enforcement of laws barring the trucks in the neighborhoods. The Transit Ministry is working to make sure that the trucks are clearly directed to appropriate routes and fines get imposed on the errant trucks.

ACORN Argentina is battling rampant security problems in the poor neighborhoods while simultaneously providing safe educational spaces for children and youth in areas with high rates of drop out, unemployment and illiteracy. We are working with local police officers to increase communication between disconnected neighborhood stations and to encourage relationships between members, communities and police officers in an effort to build trust. We have also asked more patrols, and we are advocating for more funding and increased budget transparency.

Our Kid’s Project addresses the needs of local youth. This is an entirely volunteer based and member-led initiative that provides free classes as well as after-school homework support in Spanish literacy, English, art, music, and dance. This initiative also provides a forum for crucial interaction between the elder members and the under-privileged youth.

ACORN Argentina is working towards the objective that, by the end of 2008, citizens of Buenos Aires will be one step closer to autonomy by finally having a system in place called the Comunas. This system will group current political districts and culturally recognized neighborhoods into 15 comunas. Citizens of Buenos Aires will be able to vote for local representatives who will comprise a Communal Board of 7 members for each comunas. There will be a president of the comunas voted by the people who will then head the Communal Board. This system will not be perfect, but it will allow citizens to have more control over the budget and over the municipal services in the city. ACORN Argentina plans to build a City-wide non-governmental coalition to ensure that this step is taken when Mauricio Marcri (PRO) takes office in 2008, and further steps are taken from then onwards.

Volunteers Needed! Se necesitan voluntarios

We need volunteers for our International offices.

Come, wolunteer with us and share the experience!


Necesitamos voluntarios para nuestras oficinas internacionales.

Ven, se voluntario y comparte la experiencia!


Contact us

Join our cause on facebook at Club ACORN Internacional

Go to Causes and search for Club ACORN International


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Ve a Causas y busca Club ACORN International

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ACORN International is currently running a community education center that provides free after school homework support, English, art, theatre, and dance classes to children and young adults from the low-income southern cone neighborhoods of Buenos Aires, Argentina.   The center is entirely run and funded by ACORN members (families in surrounding neighborhoods) and volunteers. Every day, there are anywhere between 20 and 50 children and 5 to 8 volunteer teachers and helpers at the center. 

Not only does the center function as a “safe space” where kids can attain useful skills, expand creatively, and work on their schoolwork provided, but it also does something unique that not many other educational programs provide—it provides a space where parents, children, and other neighborhood residents collaborate on projects that benefit the overall community.  ACORN members who are working on ACORN Campaigns—for example our campaign to increase communication and trust between residents living in dangerous areas and local police —bring their children to the ACORN Center, where, amongst other things, they make colorful posters pertaining to the campaign that can be used as visuals in meetings or other actions.   In this way, the children feel like they can contribute to an important project that their parents, and other members of the community, are also involved with. 



Centro de Comunidad y Proyecto de Desarrollado de La Boca 

Información Para Nuevos Voluntarios 

¿Quiénes Somos?Somos… Club ACORN Argentina, un centro comunitario de La Boca. Ofrecemos clases, proyectos y eventos para niños, jóvenes y adultos de los Barrios de La Boca y Barracas.  Intentamos dar a la comunidad local un lugar seguro y educativo y al mismo tiempo enseñar a nuestros estudiantes el valor de la comunicación, respeto y buena relación con los demás y con ellos mismos.  Las clases son gratuitas con la colaboración de los voluntarios y participantes de Club ACORN. 

 ¿Qué Ofrecemos? Clases de lunes a viernes para niños, incluyendo Apoyo Escolar, Ingles, Arte (Arte Terapia), Teatro, Danza, Nutrición y Gimnasia. También tenemos juegos y proyectos que cambian día a día. Para adultos, ofrecemos clases de Alfabetización y clases de Inglés.  

¿Qué tenés que tener para ser Voluntario? Ganas…de aprender, de dar tiempo para ayudar a los demás, de enseñar, de compartir momentos y de colaborar. 

¿Cuál es el rol del Voluntario?Hoy más que nunca los voluntarios son la base de casi todas actividades de ACORN, ayudando a realizar con éxito nuestros proyectos y brindando asistencia y contención a las personas que lo necesitan.  

Horario:Lunes: 14-17Martes: 16-19; clases para adultos 19-21Miércoles: 14-17Jueves: 16-19Viernes: 16-19 

Dirección:Avenida Regimiento Patricios 566Ubicado en la Boca y conectado con la ciudad con varias líneas de colectivos (39,74,10,93 y 29,24,22) Para Participar:Si te interesa participar conéctate con nosotros por mail:, y confirma una reserva para tu entrevista en la Oficina de ACORN: Moreno 428 – Piso 10B (entre las calles Defensa y Bolívar). Te estamos esperando!!!!


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