Tacna, February 8, 2019 – The Welcoming Center “Santa Rosa de Lima” in the city of Tacna – Peru, was inaugurated on November 24, 2015. Its creation was due to the massive presence of migrants and because it’s a permanent point of transit. Tacna is a city from the southern border of Peru with Arica, the northern border of Chile. In addition, the Center was built with the purpose of protecting and promoting the dignity and rights of migrants.
This project was completed thanks to the Diocese of Tacna and Moquegua represented by Monsignor Marco Antonio Cortez Lara and the Missionaries of St. Charles Scalabrinians represented by Superior Fr. Agenor Sbaraini, Fr. Isaldo A. Bettin and Fr. Camilo M. Maforte. The Welcoming Center was inaugurated with a capacity of 24 people, today it has a capacity of 50 decently installed migrants.
A comprehensive service to the migrant brothers is given at the Center. Food is offered every day, including breakfast and dinner for all the migrants, and lunch for the children and mothers who stay in the Center to care for them. For lodging service, the Center has four bedrooms, two for men and two for women. Each of the bedrooms has 12 full beds (mattress, sheets, blanket, pillow, and case), private toilets, WiFi, cable TV, legal service in document processing, listening service, and spiritual accompaniment service among others.
In the same way, the workers of the Center take part in various events organized by the institutions and authorities of the city, for example, Marches, meetings, seminars, training courses, etc.