Splash Projects recently completed an incredible 7-day team development project in Madrid with the MIM Students from IE Business School, constructing a beautiful roof garden at the Laguna Care Hospital.
We were delighted that this super project won the attention of El Mundo, a major printed daily newspaper in Spain. Read the full El Mundo article in Spanish, or see below for our selected highlights in English:
More than 500 palliative patients, hundreds of elderly and about 2,500 relatives will benefit from the new sensory therapeutic garden at Laguna.
Before the pandemic, García de la Puente and his team used to take palliative patients to the Parque de la Cuña Verde – which is in front of the hospital – so that they could spend time surrounded by nature. But as a result of Covid-19, he could no longer do so. “Now we can resume the garden therapies in a controlled environment and without danger of any kind. I am sure that even doctors will use it,” he says.
The new roof garden at Laguna was constructed by over 300 volunteers from the MIM Masters in Management Programme at IE Business School as a team development exercise. They are aged between 20 and 30, and come from 40+ countries. The volunteers worked under the coordination of Splash Projects, a UK-based company that carries out altruistic projects for communities around the world in record time. This is the first project they completed in Spain.
While the project took many months of planning, the execution was completed in just a few days.
Sander Rijh, a 22-year-old Belgian student who arrived in Madrid in early September, was fascinated by this opportunity. “It’s not just building something for the hospital, it’s being able to make a real impact on people who really need it,” he said.
“We are studying to be leaders and this is the best way to put our knowledge into practice,” added Irene Bompieri, a student from Italy.
For Ane Casajús, 21, the experience was truly unique. “I hadn’t done anything like this before. I don’t know anything about construction, but now I have been putting the beams together and it’s wonderful. With the crisis we are experiencing, it seems to me that it is the very least we can do.”