By by Maria Mercedes Uribe and Sara Taborda - education coordinator and communicator
Activity for fathers and mothers by psychologist
CORPOLATIN has shared with you several work experiences with the boys and girls; they have known through this medium, characters and feelings that arise in these meetings. For us to support the healthy and suitable growth of the infancy is our meaning of life: but… of what does it serve to teach to these children its rights, if the society who surrounds them does not have them clear? Therefore during this stage of the 2013 we focused our work on prevention with parents and teachers we have reached out to the community with new proposals, trying to be innovative and with more desire than ever to change the world by making the rights of children to be respected, and trying to avoid the sexual abuse of the children.
Often the parents think that they are doing well as parents because they love immensely their children and offer them a home, feeding and education, although this is fundamental, through the CORPOLATIN activities other aspects that sometimes are ignored arise, perhaps for not considering them to be important, this is the case of Gabriel Alfonso Gallego, father of a 7-year-old child, “For us it is normal to leave our children with the neighbors or friends, but today I realized that I do not know in fact if the other person could damage him". Definitely we must be much more careful with the persons that we select to take care of our children”, testimonies like these are heard at the end of the activities in San Juan Bautista la Salle School, place where we met the parents to listen to their experiences, to conceptualize and to come to joint conclusions and reach our biggest target: The Happiness of the children.
Questions, discussions and even the personal stories arise in the activities; often the parents prove to be affected, recognize their mistakes and set firm goals to change; this way we realize how effective our activities are. Maria Teresa Mejia mother of a 4-year-old girl says, “It´s very clear for me the fact that if you have a son is to take care of him, to correct him, to play with him, and not to leave him alone with someone that will not give him the same kind of love that we will ".
Fathers, mothers, grandparents, uncles, brothers, teachers, boys and girls, finally turn into carrying subjects of a beautiful message of change and respect, building together a society in which education becomes the best strategy to avoid the damage and suffering in children.
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Medellin, Antioquia - Colombia
Project Leader: Andres Felipe Cardona Arango
Coordinator of Plaining and Development
Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.