In Necochea a group of boys with disability got his first job as beach keepers: They are responsible for assisting tourists in first aid or safely placing an umbrella. It is an initiative of the city hall to generate more inclusion.
“It is an enormous satisfaction responsibility what the boys put on it. An achievement for them, for the family and also for tourists to see these boys working, training and attending on our beaches ”, Mayor Arturo Rojas told Guillermo Lobo to Telenoche.
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Rojas explained that the Promote Employment program allows children with disabilities to assist tourists in the public descents, in the placement of umbrellas. They are monitored by two lifeguards who are in charge of train and train them about beach care, prevention and how to act in different situations.
They are boys who are trained, some are already lifeguards and others have been trained for the job, but they all handle themselves with high levels of responsibility.
“When you see the enthusiasm these guys put into you when it comes to work, gives you a lot of hope. We see a generation of young people who are much better prepared than our generation, and that makes us think of a prettier future”, He remarked.
For her part, the director of the Necochense Disability Area, Camila Bianchi, added that “all citizens of Argentina have to bet on inclusion in all fields”.
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One by one, the fantastic six of Necochea
- Juan Ignacio He is 19 years old. In 2020 he finished high school with an inclusion project with the 501 school. He is very excited about the idea of working and being able to use his knowledge in what he likes the most: “I love helping people. The project is good, keep it flowing”.
- Nicholas he is 18 years old. He is a final year student of secondary school number 2 in the specialty of Physical Education. 10 years ago he began swimming within the municipal swimming school “Todos al Agua” and competed at the provincial and national level. He also competed in the Buenos Aires games and is a member of the Argentine National Team of Swimmers with Down Syndrome. He said that he likes to help people and that you have to be attentive to what “is happening in all places.”
- Benjamín He is about to turn 22 years old. He was born with myelomeningocele to a mild degree. He always did swimming and was selected to compete. He is very happy with the job, he wants to take the lifeguard course: “We are here for what people need. Many times children are lost, umbrellas are blown up or the lifeguards themselves need to give them a hand. East it’s an amazing group and they are very good people ”.
- Mathias I am 21 years old. He was born with myelomeningocele and hydrocephalus. He is from Mar del Plata. He finished high school and wanted to work, so he started selling cleaning products. Everything you learn, you think of as something useful for your work life tomorrow. He competed in swimming and earned several medals. “I like to be a caregiver, my colleagues are excellent and I am very happy to meet them ”, he said.
- Mauro he is 29 years old. He was born with down syndrome. He always performed sports, physical activity and fulfilled his goal: to be a lifeguard. He did it thanks to the accompaniment and support of the members of the Red Cross.
The pride of parents
For the family it is essential that young people have work experience and that it is in an environment of companionship. Among other things, they are happy that their children are welcomed by the people on the beach. “It is a pride that they are here present,” said Horacio, Nicolás’ father.
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In the same sense, Nacho’s parents expressed that this work “opens a door for the future” and they hope that in the future they continue with this initiative so that all children with disabilities have their opportunity.
“This project is very important to them,” said Mathias’s mother, and Nelly, Mauro’s mother, added: “We learn from them.”