Oct 30, 2013 Comments Off on LATIN AMERICAN HOUSE – 30 YEARS CELEBRATION by




Latin American House (LAH), the registered London charity founded in 1983, is celebrating its 30th year anniversary this October. Since its inception its people have been working tirelessly to support the Latin American, and now wider, community in London. It welcomes and assists people of all ages with the aim of increasing social inclusion and living conditions for those most in need of assistance. Year in, year out LAH continues to make an invaluable contribution to its local community, and to date individuals and families from over 40 nationalities have directly benefited from its services.

A series of events and small celebrations took place during October, with the main celebration taking place on Thursday 24 October at the Bolivar Hall, Embassy of Venezuela, London. The turnout was even better than expected and joining the staff, management committee members and volunteers at LAH was an impressive and varied list of attendees from the wider UK Latin American Community. This included representatives from various Latin American Embassies and British-Latin American societies, and charities, along with a wide range of artists, academics, and other important members of the Hispano-American community in the UK.

On the night, LAH and their guests were treated to a performance by popular trio Classico Latino, a group formed at Cambridge University in 1999, who entertained the crowd with their unique fusion of classical music techniques and traditional Latin American tunes and rhythms. Also there was a short video screening on behalf of LAH, Latin American food (with the kind support of restaurants Mestizo, Tierra Perú and Buen Ayre) and a photographic exhibition.


30 years contributing to the community

LAH offers help with legal issues, the opportunity of learning and acquiring life-long skills, along with a place to meet people, share ideas and enjoy the rich culture of Latin America.

The Latin American House provides numerous in demand services including advice on immigration, housing & and employment law, an English-Spanish-speaking nursery, and educational assistance such as English language courses and basic IT training.

Miguel Mercado, Chairman of the Latin American House, said “over these 30 years our organisation has maintained its good work and responded to the evolving requirements of the community. We have continued the core community support work originally planned, while adapting to external changes and developing new services”.


To highlight some recent achievements, more than 1000 disadvantaged migrants access the Legal & Social Advice Services at LAH each year.  They are predominantly Latin American or other Spanish and Portuguese speakers. However since 2009 we have assisted people from over 40 countries across Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America and Australasia.

In the same time there have been over 100 people enrolling for IT courses and many others accessing the computer facilities each year. Other courses provided have helped a significant number of people develop valuable life and employability skills including English and IT courses and job search/CV workshops.


And finally, how you can help Latin American House

Please visit our website to find out more in terms of volunteering or making a donation.


For more information please contact:

Adriana Maldonado, LAH Media and Communications Director


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