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The Focus-Abengoa Foundation presents the book Una chica del barrio Salamanca. Madre Purísima de la Cruz (A girl from the Salamanca district. Holy Mother of the Cross), by the author Jose Maria Javierre

December 11, 2006

Seville, December 11, 2006. – Today, at 19:00 hours, the headquarters of the Focus-Abengoa Foundation, Hospital de los Venerables (Seville), will host the presentation of the book Una chica del Barrio Salamanca. Madre Purísima de la Cruz (A girl from the Salamanca district. Holy Mother of the Cross), by the author Jose Maria Javierre, Doctor of Theology and Journalism. The presentation ceremony will be presided over by His Eminence Cardinal Carlos Amigo Vallejo who will be accompanied by the author himself and by professor Jaime Rodriguez Sacristan, president of the Royal Academy of Medicine of Seville.

Jose Maria Javierre is the author of numerous works, of note among which is his recent biography of Isabel la Católica (Isabel the Catholic) and different biographic sketches of Santa Ángela de la Cruz (Saint Angeles of the Cross), the founder of the Sisters of the Cross. The author is specialized in three fields of historic research: Mystic Spaniards of the Golden century; Diplomatic relations between the Holy See and the European States during the First World War; and Contemporary papal personages. In addition, Jose Maria Javierre has published several opinion articles.

Abengoa’s relationship with the Sisters of the Cross, the congregation the protagonist of the book being presented today was a member of, dates back to the sixties when both Abengoa and the congregation arrived in Argentina with different intentions: the expansion of the Company in Abengoa’s case, and the founding of new convents for social purposes in the case of the Sisters of the Cross. Madre Purísima (Holy Mother), the book’s protagonist, was chosen as the Order’s Mother Superior at that time and played a key role in the Congregation’s social and humanitarian drive.

Abengoa’s founder, Mr. Javier Benjumea Puigcerver, who transmits his social concerns to the company, feels drawn by the assistance activity the Sisters are carrying out and offers his collaboration. Thus, and for these reasons an ever-more bonding and compromised relationship is forged between the Sisters of the Cross and Abengoa, and the Company gets deeply involved in the project being executed in Argentina where the Sisters have two foundations: one in Quimili and the other in Montequemado.

In its effort to strengthen its commitment by means of specific activities, Abengoa has embarked on a School Education Program – special and physical – and social reinsertion of the handicapped, which it is developing in areas with a high degree of poverty and social marginalization in the province of Santiago del Estero, in Argentina. The Company works, in collaboration with the Sisters of the Cross, on attending to the needs of the psychophysically handicapped interned in the centers of Quimili and Montequemado. These centers have been provided with drinking water, electrical installations, dining halls, medical supplies and school books, and gymnasiums have also been constructed as physical education if of extreme importance for the handicapped.

The bond between Abengoa and the Congregation has thereby been consolidated and has become a factor within Abengoa’s social activity, which is channeled through its Foundation as part of the development of Focus-Abengoa’s social objective in Latin America.

Created by Abengoa in 1982, the objective of the Focus-Abengoa Foundation is to put Abengoa’s social activity policy into practice. This it does in a non-profit making manner through activities of general interest focused on assistance, educational, cultural, scientific, and technological research and development activities. The Foundation has become a valuable tool in Abengoa’s culture. Not only is it capable of attending to the occupational and human development needs of its workforce, it is also capable of connecting with the new sensitivities of society as a whole by managing, in short, intangible assets the impact of which revert to and are disseminated in the business values and objectives themselves.

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