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The strength of the heart

In San Francisco Solano (Buenos Aires), Stella Maris founded more than 20 years ago her community dining room “The force of the heart”. We present it to you.

That your ultimate dream is  to be able to help others  always, whatever happens is — perhaps — what defines a good person. More than two decades ago , Stella Maris Barbatto  founded a communal dining room in the courtyard of her home in San Francisco Solano  , in  the south  of Buenos Aires. There he prepares food for more than 300 people and provides school support to children in the neighborhood. To get everything going on, sleep less than 5 hours and put everything of it into this project.

Stella Maris is 67 years old and grandma. He gets up at 5 in the morning to cook and lie down near midnight. All his day he dedicates it to helping others: he is the support of many people in the neighborhood. At first, his barbecue worked as a  dining room : there people came every day and took turns to sit down and eat. The place was small and decided to change the modality: now, at 8 in the morning, more than 300 people arrive to receive their food and take them to eat as a family.

But not only do they offer them food for the whole day: they also provide them with containment. There they give school support classes to children, teach to paint mandalas, recycle and lend the ear to anyone who needs it.

In its  dining room , “ La fuerza del corazón ”, currently operates a vegetable garden on a land loaned by a train company and a football pitch that lend to one of the neighbourhood's schools. There, every day, Stella Maris and the volunteers who accompany her take care of making the world a better place.

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