Proyecto Vida (Project life) is a program developed by the Cuenca Office for Social and Economic Development to help seniors in vulnerable situations by offering assistance provided by city government institutions. “The two main problems are substance abuse and begging,” says Cesar Guerra, project manager. “Many see begging as a way of life. Sometimes the people engaged in the practice don’t even have actual economic problems. They own a home, land, and other property.” A team of specialists engage daily with the homeless and elderly street beggers to provide information about the options available through the municipality and federal government.…
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