Three fourth-year students from the Law School of the University of La Laguna (ULL) have launched the Informa Project to give legal advice to vulnerable people.
The report The State of Poverty presented by the Government of the Canary Islands a little less than a year ago indicates that 35% of the population in the islands is at risk of poverty or social exclusion, highlights the ULL, and for this reason these students decided to start their project.
The initiative was born to try to offer free and supportive legal advice to vulnerable groups in order to improve their living conditions in matters such as housing, requesting benefits or basic supplies.
Andrea Martín, Sara Laura Plasencia and Fernando Ruíz, along with their mentor, Professor María Elena Sánchez Jordán, have been the promoters of this project, which has been active from March to June.
Thanks to the inclusion of this project in the Ingenia program of the University of La Laguna, the students, together with collaborators and volunteers, have held meetings with these groups, seeking to resolve the possible doubts that may be generated around evictions, leases. , mortgages or “squatting”, among other issues.
According to the ULL, inequality, the digital divide and even technical language can become an obstacle that is aggravated in certain legal situations.
Through the Informa project: solidarity orientation More than a dozen families in vulnerable situations were treated and advised on an individual basis.
The promoters of the project have received the award granted by the Fundación Fyde Cajacanarias at the Entrepreneurial Talent Fair held by the Entrepreneurship Chair of the University of La Laguna.
With this award they want to achieve one of the challenges set at the beginning of the project: to create a specialized volunteer team that continues with the solidarity work that they have started, adds the note.