This project is born within the fight of a small group of mums from the Public Nursery & Primary School "Europa" in Montequinto, Dos Hermanas (Seville), reclaiming a lunch-room for the school.
For eight years, children have been eating in the school library, as an interim solution; but the library is so small that children have to do lunch shifts, the last of them over four o´clock in the afternoon. In addition to this, the library cannot be used as such and books cannot be kept elsewhere.
To face this situation, the mums of the school set up the "Plataforma Pro-Comedor" [Lunch-room Proponents"], in order to seek support and make the project known, with the enduring support of the school headship, the AMPA [Alumni's mothers and fathers association] and the whole educational community. Thanks to this, they have successfully generated greater awareness of the problem and, above all, of the community's ability to take part in the solution, by using and managing its own resources.
Thus, the self-building and the recycling of the materials have become for the school not only means to achieve a lunch-room, but also a tool to teach the students some fundamental values such as the force of teamwork or the importance of the public service system, and so lay the foundations of the committed citizens they want their children to be in the future. Committed citizens which will participate in the making of decisions and the searching of solutions.
After some meetings, the Dos Hermanas City Council decided to sponsor the project by extending the new facility to a wider range of use, scheduling different activities apart from the lunch-time service, not only for the school but also for the neighborhood. Some funds have been specifically allocated to self-building, making the project possible and sustainable. Step by step, the lunch-room project has become a social project able to involve the whole local community.