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Sep 7, 2016

A Chance to Start Over

A Chance to Start Again
A Chance to Start Again

We are pleased to present this year’s third report of the project “A chance to start again”. The project aims at improving the access to justice at national level for adolescents between 14 to 18 years old and in conflict with the law, trying to bring an answer to the following problems and challenges the country faces in the Juvenile Justice System: the grave delays in the justice system, deprivation of liberty as a common measure to penalize youth, the lack of effective restorative justice mechanisms and the lack of specialized centers for the social reintegration as well as the social-educative orientation of adolescents in conflict with the law.

During the past months, direct interventions in the Center for Social Reintegration Cometa have allowed 102 adolescents to participate in daily sessions to receive educational and psychological support and a total of 90 adolescents to access weekly workshops to strengthen their social skills. Role plays, music and discussion forums help adolescents to reflect about their lives and improve their social behavior.

The project was also able to finalize the design and validation process of the Social Skills Guide for the Social Reintegration Process of Adolescents in Conflict with the Law, which has been developed specifically for adolescents in conflict with the law, and the Informative Guide about Juvenile Justice with a Restorative Approach, which is one of the most innovative products of the project. It is a pedagogic tool to inform the adolescents and their families about the legal framework, characteristics and integral entities of the criminal justice system for adolescents.

We have implemented Parenting School sessions, offering training workshops in “Positive Discipline in Everyday Parenting”, a methodology developed by SCI Sweden and the University of Manitoba (Canada) to promote non-violent upbringing. In the monthly sessions with an average of 30 participants, the parents also received training on non-violent communication strategies to improve their relationships with their children, as well as on legal defense techniques for adolescents in conflict with the law. To provide additional legal support free of charge to these families, an agreement was established with the legal office of the Law Department of the Universidad Mayor de San (UMSS) to provide consultative legal services for families with limited resources.

 A highlight during this reporting period has been the establishment of an Interinstitutional work agreement between the Ministry of Justice, the National Judges School and Save the Children International which will contribute greatly to the sustainability of the project and strengthens the rights-based approach of the project’s intervention.

“This agreement with Save the Children International is a strategic alliance to be able to train administrators of the justice system Save the Children International has the necessary experience in this area and lives the reality of these adolescents. We are very happy about this agreement.”
– Gery, Head of the Training Unit of the National Judges School.

Sep 7, 2016

Healthy Habits for Kids

Healthy Habits for Kids
Healthy Habits for Kids

Save the Children, in partnership with private donors, is pleased to present the third report of the project Healthy Habits for Kids. We would like to thank our donors that make it possible to reach out to more children and allow them to acquire healthy habits which will improve their learning abilities and quality of life.

We are also excited to announce that we were able to expand our program reach and have just started to promote healthy habits for kids in an additional 50 schools in the city of El Alto as well as in schools in Trinidad and San Andres - municipalities of the department Beni.

Our work in El Alto during the past three months focused on providing training workshops to 145 child leaders on healthy foods, adequate hand-washing methods, safe water, the adequate use of bathrooms and solid waste disposal. Additionally, 89 teachers as well as 273 parents received training on child rights and the prevention of violence in schools.

Another focus of our work was to strengthen child participation. In the first Meeting of Child Club Leaders, in which 124 students from 9 schools participated, the children had the opportunity to share their experiences as rights holders and regarding child participation. They also received training on basic international principals of child participation and about how to apply and promote child participation within their schools.

During this activity the children also prepared an official letter, stating the needs the child leaders identified during the meeting. One of the greatest necessities highlighted by the children were the poor conditions of the school bathrooms. Many schools do not have running water and even lack toilets. The letter was given to the municipal sub mayor of District 8 of El Alto who is the highest authority of the sector. She promised to address these needs.

Jun 28, 2016

Children on the Move

Refugee Camp
Refugee Camp

“Our emergency team was distributing aid in one of the new camps last night and they spoke to families who were sleeping in tents with nothing but a blanket on the hard concrete. In Europe in 2016 this is totally unacceptable and inhumane. For many people it’s yet another terrible experience for them after months and often years of living with war and then surviving the dangerous journey to Europe. Our staff said some people have just lost all hope.”

Amy Frost, Save the Children’s Team Leader in Greece, on the closing of the Idomeni Camp and relocation of refugees and migrants to warehouses.

The stranding of over 53,000 refugees and migrants in Greece and the confirmed deaths of 880 people attempting the perilous sea crossing from Libya to Italy in smugglers’ boats in the last week of May are keeping the world’s attention riveted on the plight of those desperately seeking to reach Europe. As of late May, over 1.2 million people had migrated to Europe since 2015 began, with no end to this movement from places of brutal conflict, oppression, human rights abuses and deep poverty.

Save the Children continues to reach refugee and migrant children in Greece, Italy, and throughout Europe with humanitarian relief. As conditions change, we are adapting our work so that we can address urgent needs and support children wherever they are. We make every effort to reach children who are unaccompanied by families or adults, as they are in grave danger of exploitation and abuse. Many sleep in parks and camps, too afraid to ask for help for fear of being detained.

Our teams and volunteers are also assisting children who have arrived in Europe’s destination countries, and our presence remains strong in the Middle East, where many thousands of girls and boys are in dire need inside Syria and in refugee camps and host communities within countries surrounding Syria.

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