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Jan 1, 2017

Celebrating the Graduation of three families

Celebration
Celebration

In 2012, Fundacion Pro Niños de la Calle started to carry out prevention work with families, during our work with children and adolescents we noticed that some of them did not live completely in the street, but they spent a lot of time there. In their surroundings, several factors put them at a latent risk of dropping out of school, initiation of substance use, involvement with criminal groups or living on the street.

Since then, we have worked with more than 50 families, 35 in the last year. Three of the this group completed their program cycle at Pro Niños, so on November 27 we celebrated their graduation acknowledging that they now have the skills and strengths to take care of their children and offer them safe environments in which they are heard, supported and protected.

In the celebration (which was also attended by other families we are currently working with), we played, ate, socialized and reflected on the achievements that each family has built based upon their effort, as well as the things in which they still need to work to attain a home where their children can feel safe and happy.

Throughout the process with the three graduating families, we shared many experiences such as the empowerment of mothers, who were able to accept and learn to handle various situations of violence that they had experienced in their life and that affected their own well-being and that of their children. Furthermore, the support of adolescents who made such important decisions as returning to school or entering a detoxification center for the treatment of addictions.

Now these families have become strong, they can move forward with their children, and they do not need the assistance of Pro Niños. They have been able to improve their living conditions, develop skills and create networks of support in their surroundings to face the difficulties of daily life and support their children in their development, without the street being an option of life for them.

Celebration
Celebration
Oct 2, 2016

A different summer

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summer camp

As part of the recreational activities, the Family Care Program (PAF) organized a summer camp for boys and girls, adolescents and mothers. From August 3rd to 5th families were able to have a change in their routines and spend some time in a safe, natural environment; away from everyday monotony in the water park Las Estacas, located in the state of Morelos, Mexico.

 Within the types of care offered to families, Pro-Niños provided leisure and recreational activities that contribute to the development of emotional and social skills as well as increasing self-confidence and cooperation, fomenting the strengthening of emotional relationships between household members.

 During the three days camp, educators sought to encourage the participants to get along, respect and cooperate with each other, besides constantly fostering curiosity in children and adolescents, promoting dialogue and teamwork through playful activities in an open and safe space.

 The mothers actively participated in the camp; managing and preparing the food. The results of their work led to recognition that favors the promotion of empowerment of women in families and their training as leaders within their community.

 The development of parenting skills by parents and / or caregivers is essential in the work we do with families. This helps to strengthen support networks, to improve their living conditions and to identify scenarios that put at risk their children connecting with the street and to be aware of the alternatives that can be generated to prevent them from living on the street.

 The camp was the perfect setting for the 28 boys and girls and adolescents as well as for the mothers who attended and were able to apply emotional, social and cognitive skills they have been developing during their time working with the PAF team.

 Thanks to your support Pro-Niños is currently working with 20 families, permitting us to work with 52 boys and girls and adolescents and 26 parents and caregivers.

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summer camp
summer camp
summer camp
summer camp
summer camp

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Jul 5, 2016

Graduation of three families

* The names of the members of the Velazquez family were changed to protect their identity.

All families function differently and there is no family better than another. Throughout the support given to families who have children at risk of living on the street, Fundación Pro Niños de la Calle (Pro Niños) has seen how parents, caregivers and children have developed skills to change the way they relate and  support each other in times of crisis.

This year three of the families we are working with in Pro Niños will be graduating, which means they have been able to acquire knowledge and put into place factors that now allow them to protect their children from situations that put them at risk of living on the street. This graduation is a way of recognizing the effort and participation of the families, who despite the situations of exclusion and / or violence they face, have improved their living conditions.

In this brief summary, is the story of the Velazquez family, one of the families that will be graduating and symbolize strength and will.

In 2012 we met Felix* Velázquez, who at the time was 17 years old. He had serious problems with drugs and lived on the street. Felix began attending our Day Center and liked the activities so much that he invited his younger brother: Joaquin*.

Joaquin was 13 and no longer wanted to go to school; he had already left junior high school to work. That was how the initial support began first with Felix and Joaquin, and then we made contact with the rest of the family: his sister Nancy* and their mother, Laura*.

The Velazquez family comes from an indigenous community in the state of Oaxaca and they came to Mexico City in search of opportunities to improve their living conditions, but the only alternative at that time for Laura and her children was to live on the street. With work and time they managed to get a room to live in. It was a very difficult situation, without identity papers and a violent environment that excluded them. For Laura the only priority was to get a job, because she thought her children were old enough to know what they were doing and how to manage.

From the comprehensive work Pro Niños started doing with each member of the Velazquez family, family coexistence was cultivated and the participation of Laura in the care of her children began to detonate changes that have reduced the risk of Nancy or Joaquin leaving home as did their brother Felix, who unfortunately is still on the street.

Joaquin decided to go back to junior high school and has now graduated. His sister Nancy is still in school and is very motivated to continue studying. Laura works as a cook and is determined to continue moving forward with her children to face the difficulties of everyday life, but now they use their own strengths and the support networks that they have managed to initiate with Pro Niños and its community. 

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