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Life Project For Loss

Children and Adolescents

The project is aimed at male children and adolescents aged 8 to 17 years, living on the streets or being at high risk and requiring rehabilitation.

The profile of the children and adolescents housed has changed since the beginnings of CIMA.

At first, CIMA catered exclusively to street children, who disassociated themselves from their family because of socio-economic crises within them and/or the physical or moral abuse they received. Living on the street, they were exposed to numerous dangers that compromised their physical and moral integrity and impeded their normal development. Generally, they had strong problems with self-care and self-esteem.

Gradually, this population has been replaced by children at high psychosocial risk. Many of them come from a dysfunctional family nucleus (separate partner) or disjointed (you cannot identify a fixed home for the child) but already maintain contact with your family. Generally, children escape the authority of their parents and develop behaviors that put them at psychosocial risk: street stay, dropout, gang membership, ludopatia problems, Internet dependence, and drug use. Children are characterized, above all, by rejection of discipline and behavioral problems.

Most children come from families that lack the financial resources to respond to their needs (limited access to basic health and education services) and who are sorry to fulfill the dual role of work and childcare. Many also grow up in a familiar environment where patterns of relationship develop that tend to affective indifference, irresponsibility in roles and roles, marital violence, child abuse, and problems with alcohol and other drug use.

Children and adolescents arriving at CIMA often have psychological traumas that result from low self-esteem and behavioral problems (indiscipline, disordered life, aggressiveness, adult mistrust), health problems (malnutrition, skin problems due to lack of hygiene, venereal diseases), low educational level and inappropriate behavior patterns (loss of values).

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General Goals

  • Provide a home open to children and adolescents who live on the streets or are at high psychosocial risk due to situations of family socio-economic crisis.
  • Provide comprehensive care to children and adolescents to meet their basic needs of affection, housing, food, clothing, physical and mental health, education, in order to achieve overcoming their problems.
  • Facilitate the personal and integral development (physical, emotional, intellectual, moral and spiritual) of children and adolescents.
  • Reinsert children and adolescents into your family, when possible.
  • Follow up on children and adolescents reintegrated into your family to prevent problems from repeating.

Specific Goals

  • Integrate children and adolescents into home life by engaging them in household chores: cleaning, food preparation, washing pots and clothing, among others.
  • Interrelate children and adolescents through sports, recreational and artistic activities.
  • To offer children and adolescents who participate in their own training, developing occupational learning programs (workshops).
  • Reintegrate children and adolescents into the education system and provide them with technical training that allows them to develop autonomously in their adult lives.
  • Develop follow-up work with families to assume their role and responsibility.