Alejandro Sanz Buys Mattresses for Street Youths in Mexico City

By Dialogo
March 05, 2010

Spanish singer Alejandro Sanz visited a youth shelter in the Mexican capital and donated new mattresses for its sixty residents, the charitable foundation CIE announced. Sanz, who began the Latin American leg of his “Paradise Tour” in Mexico this week, shared a meal of tacos with the residents of the “Coruña Center” shelter, who are between thirteen and twenty-one years old. In order to welcome the artist, the young people decorated a wall with the singer’s face in graffiti style. The young people may spend up to a year at the center, sometimes more, preparing to reenter society and undergoing rehabilitation for addictions, if they have any. In Mexico City 2,759 young people have been identified as living in the street, 81% of them between eighteen and thirty-nine years old. Most are male, single, and with an elementary education. More than half come from other states within the country, according to official figures distributed by CIE. 28% are unemployed, and the remainder work in informal occupations such as vending, construction, garbage collection, and cleaning windshields. One out of two uses a substance like alcohol, marijuana, or solvents. At the same time as the singer’s visit, a multinational food company made a donation of 200,000 pesos (around 15,515 dollars) for another project at the shelter. This is the second occasion that Sanz has collaborated with the CIE Foundation, since in April 2007 he visited a women’s prison, where he sang for the 1,500 inmates and donated clothing for the children living with some of them, books, and a computer. The CIE Foundation, which has worked with artists such as Shakira and Juanes, is an offshoot of the Ibero-American Entertainment Corporation (CIE), dedicated to organizing shows in various Latin American countries.