Street youth population in Mexico City suffer extreme privation, abandonment, denial of dignity, social exclusion, illiteracy and serious health problems resulting from violence, malnutrition, lack of hygiene, drug abuse and abusive labor. All these experiences are highly traumatic and have life-long consequences for the children, yet, we know for sure, that with our help, it is possible to overcome these problems and get them off the street for good.
ednica operates in three community centers, so that girls, boys and adolescents working on the street, know and exercise their human rights, focused on their education. With your help, through non-formal education processes and the development of cognitive skills, we can help improve their school performance and prevent them from dropping out of school. Their integral development is strengthened with actions to care for their physical and emotional health, and care for their families.
We have happily been part of many individual success stories. For example, some of our present staff members were once street children that passed through our program. That is the long-term impact we hope to achieve: that street children have the ability to choose between street labor and formal labor and, at best, putting school above all so they can reach a better life outside the street. All we do helps promote a more democratic society engaged in fighting for social justice and equality.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).