We work with vulnerable children who live in violence conditions, with a lack of safe spaces for childhood and play. There is also a deficit of 6,000 hours of play in chilean children lives (40% of the playtime they need) limiting their possibilities of learning and recreation, generating exclusion, without good and healthy cognitive, social, emotional and physical development, limiting their opportunities in their adult life, social insertion, accentuates poverty and violence environment.
The Ludoteca offers a preventive system instead of a conventional corrective system, distancing children from the dangers of the streets and unsafe situations in their daily lives. Before they could run into potential risks behaviors, the project gives the children a place of love designed for them by replacing their time close to risk situations for time of healthy play and educational and fun activities with volunteers and proffesionals to support them.
The project impacts more than 50 different kids a year, giving them through the workshops skills for their lifetime, helping children develop social skills for healthy relationships, promoting their succeed at school, decreasing violent behavior. Also the project benefit neighborhood where is placed, which was dangerous place, now it's a safe and friendly meeting point. And the main thing: happy children, with higher self-esteem, more hours of play, happy with a space built especially for them.