Jan 8, 2019

Burned Children Send Holiday Greetings

Many of the burned children receiving treatment at the burn rehabilitation center in Santiago, Chile, have sent holiday messages to the donors who have contributed to the center.  The caring staff at the center encourage the children to acknowledge the generosity of those who support the center and their comprehensive treatment.

See some of the children's holiday messages attached here.

You can support the care of a particular child by becoming a sponsor.  You would receive periodic medical reports and messages regarding that child and his/her progress.

Go to the COANIQUEM BCF website linked here to become a sponsor.

Of course, any contribution through GlobalGiving is always welcome.

Thank you!

Carolyn Schuetz, Director/Treasurer

COANIQUEM Burned Children Foundation


Oct 8, 2018

Lessons from Burned Children

The primary function of the COANIQUEM centers in Chile is the rehabilitation treatment of severely burned children from throughout the Americas.

However, another important mission of COANIQUEM in Latin America is the prevention  of childhood burns.

A recent prevention campaign won praise and a prize for its innovative use of the children themselves giving tips on how to avoid household burns.  

In 2017, 62% of the children treated in COANIQUEM were under the age of five, and the most common age was one year old.

Most burns were suffered in the home, with an adult present.

The videos found on the Link below are used in short television clips and/or in prevention workshops in schools and communities.

Who better to present the message than those children who have suffered?!


Jul 13, 2018

Burned Children Find a Healing Tree

The COANIQUEM burn treatment centers in Chile understand that the burned child suffers emotional and psychological pain as well as the physical trauma of burns.  The holistic approach to treatment has helped over 130,000 patients over COANIQUEM's almost 40-year history.

In 2017 a creative and whimsical program was added to the array of services for the children and their families.

Thanks to the pro bono work of students from Design Matters in the Art Center of Pasadena, California, in consultation with COANIQUEM staff, a Healing Tree has been created.  A story of children and animals, with cheerful and colorful graphics now adorns the walls of the center in Santiago.  The Center becomes a child-friendly world that reduces patient stress and increases healing.  

Animal characters in the story symbolize the different therapies that the children undergo  -  and the personal strengths that the animals model for the children:  courage, wisdom, calm, curiosity, etc.  A colorful children's book, telling the story of two children following the trail of the healing animals, is available to the children and their families.

Instead of facing a place of dread, the children enter a world of adventure and challenge that they can conquer!

See the attached pictures to share in this delightful approach to treatment.

Your financial support would allow the continuing medical and holistic care of the children.  Thank you!

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