“I would like to congratulate the ES VICIS Foundation for the idea and commitment to this project which had extraordinary results. We have very good relations with the government of Santa Fe which committed substantial resources for this pilot project. The Swiss Embassy in Argentina supported with own resources this project too. I believe it is the cooperation model and the common effort (including the ones of the families and the host community) the key factor for the extraordinary success, and I trust this model can be implemented in many countries in need of rural repopulation.“
“People live where they can, not where they want. People do not see where to go from the city. When you are desperate you follow a trend. My family move to Rosario because they thought they will find there an opportunity, but they did not. This program gave me an enormous opportunity. I feel happy here, we live in community, we feel welcomed. I grew as a person, my kids feel freedom, every morning I open my window, I feel the wind on my face and see the nature. I cannot ask for more. ”
“This program gave us the opportunity to develop in a community. In the city we felt as if we were “numbers”, now we are called by our “names”.
“I supported this Swiss initiative because I always thought that the future is not in the cities, but in the small rural villages.”
“The visibility of opportunities this program brought to our village, gave an impulse we could have not achieved alone, even in 20 years. I am confident that in 20 years more we will really see what it means”