CIMA Provides Help
Al Niño and Teen
Children and/or adolescents from nine to seventeen years old are welcomed with the aim of reintegrating them into their homes and society, once rehabilitated.
CIMA’s values are in harmony with a deep love for others within a humanist and Christian context. We make great efforts to give the child a home where they can meet their basic needs of affection, housing, food, health, education, training and everything that contributes to the realization of them people of good.
Raising your self-esteem through entrusted responsibilities, self-help meetings and example are CIMA’s core goals
- The child’s interest prevails above all. Children and adolescents in CIMA need rehabilitation, in other words, they need help overcoming certain personal difficulties. The program is designed in a way to accompany them in this development both physical, intellectual, emotional, psychological and social.
- The child is not an object, he is a human being with rights. Children and adolescents are respected as individuals and have all their rights.
- The program has a Christian humanist foundation where the values of the Gospel are rescued. Children and adolescents receive Christian training. The CIMA team seeks to live the values of the gospel, ensuring that the adults who work there are people who, in their personal lives as much as in their interactions with children, reflect those values.
- Deep and unconditional love is important to all equally. Love doesn’t depend on behavior. A child or adolescent is never expelled for misbehavior. Many have been eliminated from schools, homes or from the family themselves. You can’t keep repeating those rejection situations, that would be to continue with the failures that have damaged the self-esteem of children and adolescents.
- CIMA favors relationships with families, does not supplement the family. CIMA tries to be a warm and welcoming home but the staff is aware that it will never be able to replace the family. CIMA’s goal is to strengthen family ties to allow long-term reintegration of the child and adolescent into their family.
- The protagonist of the program is the child immersed in a group of which he is an active part. The child belongs to a group of up to 16 companions per house. The interaction between them is of paramount importance. It seeks to break the scheme that is limited to the interaction of an adult with a group of children. Everyone is responsible for the good running of the group.
- The entrance to the home is of his own free will. The child should be aware that he or she has problems to solve and want to rehabilitate. CIMA does not receive a child who does not want to stay, because having him against his will would be counterproductive.
- If the child or teen leaves the program, he or she is free to return. CIMA is aware that not everyone can achieve their rehabilitation at the first attempt. In the event that household abandonments are repeated in a follow-after manner, the family is proposed to look for a more closed program for your child.
- Constant communication with the child and adolescent is promoted. Communication is of the utmost importance. That’s why, in addition to psychological care and guardian intervention, all staff are spoken of to take every opportunity to talk to children and adolescents.
- The child or teen assumes responsibilities. Community life means that young people participate in the fulfillment of some tasks for the benefit of all: cleanliness, support in the kitchen, hydroponics and beekeeping etc. The good progress of the group depends on the contribution of each and every one.
- Values related to work are encouraged through participation in artistic and learning workshops. In each workshop an attitude of commitment is expected, a proactive participation with everything that this assumes seriousness. Thus, the young man develops a behavior that will serve him a lot.
- Mutual respect and freedom in the relationship between children and adolescents and the staff in their care. CIMA is very demanding in mutual respect. There are always weaker children and there is a temptation to ridicule them from some peers. It is based on the principle that everyone has the right to be happy, to be respected and not to be humiliated. There is no contemplation of respect. As for the staff, obviously the educational methodology would not be possible without due respect.
- Multidisciplinary work raising the self-esteem and confidence of children and adolescents is necessary. Each team member has a perception, data or instructions that by sharing with others allows each to get a fairer and more complete idea of a situation, allowing to better help young people. The approach of the tutor, the psychologist or the social worker may be different, enriching the work of each other.
“So many times in their lives, these children have suffered rejection and exclusion. Multiple failures, abandonments and disappointments have led them to doubt themselves and any adult who pretends to want to help them. The only way to achieve true change is to offer them a deep, personal and unconditional love and an alternative that they can freely choose to the existence of self-destruction that they live on the street. The child whose self-esteem was at zero level upon arrival again believes in himself, to believe in others. Surgery or therapy of love has caused what seemed impossible: a profound change that returns the chances of a adapted and happy life. This long and difficult process of liberation does not imply in any way weakness, lack of demand on the part of educators or lack of discipline. On the contrary, to understand well what the child lives and his needs means to offer him a framework of safety, limits and discipline that he so much needs to find himself again. It is all that through this laborious and demanding process of self-regulation, the child is known to be accepted and loved.”