We are Tony and Lulina art psychotherapists, bonded through our passion to transform lives through art. In 2021 we did a workshop with the girls and now 2 years after the call us their aunties. We were trapped by the energy and the creativity each of them have. Little by little we have learned to read their art, listen to their eyes and contain and signify their stories.
As therapy has advanced the girls have acquired a more realistic self-concept and have worked with understanding and empathy for themselves. They work in their self-image so their self-steam improves.
Our workshop allows them to work with the conduct specifically without touching in a direct way the person. Adding art to a therapeutic session allows the unconscious processes and the preconscious in the artistic creationy they work at.
Using emotions as messengers that inform them of their needs motivates them to interact. Their thought reflects their emotions and their perception of a given situation, as they understand their emotions and thoughts, they have been training their creativity and emotional intelligence that allows them to be conscious of their own emotions as well of others and capacitates them to regulate them.
We have been analyzing the life and work of different artists which has allowed them to work their empathy, joy and storytelling, they have found a way to relate with the characteristics of the artists and their own reality.
We have taught them mindfulness as we think that in this world of technology, its an amazing resource so they can tune into the present and enjoy every moment.
They have learned that everybody is able to learn how to see and understand their story, understanding it from their curiosity, empathy and acceptance.
Having this opportunity has made great changes in their own story and leads them to construct a better image of themselves so they can own their future.
Puerta Abierta, fortunately is now fully in a circular mode, as the older girls finish their cycle, after graduating from college, and leaving the house to pursue their life projects, while younger girls arrive and start their own structured and programmed cycle within the house. Certainly in their own personality and style.
We now have two young girls, each with their overwhelming personal backgrounds, but happily, very enthused of becoming part of this loving family.
Alison, 16-years old, is quiet, very much wanting to learn new things, but with some loopholes in her academic history, perhaps due to lack of follow-up at her previous home, and her emotional stability. She likes programming and video games. Certainly something very interesting, challenging and with a bright future.
We hope to support her in this new phase of her life and help her in her emotional stability and schooling pursuits.
Ximena, 17 years old, is in the final phase of high-school. Apparently, she is interested in continuing college studying accounting, although we can see some challenges related to her cognitive development, but that with discipline and mentorship should be overcome.
Every time new girls arrive we face new challenges, arising from their adaptation to the new rules, new environment and most of all, their acceptance by the other girls. We have seen however, that these new girls have made a special effort in adapting, relating to and being accepted in the family. Fortunately, we now see that all parties involved, new arrivals and former members, all make a concerted effort to adapt, relate and continue on in harmony.
All want to be accepted, respected, cherished and loved.
As mentors to them, we need to be firm in enforcing the house rules, but always with respect and most of all, with warm and loving support while adapting and eventually growing up.
Our goal is to grow strong, respected, loved and loving women.
Can you magine not having a family?
Today we are going to share with you the story of 2 of our girls, they lived by themselves as their mother was never present, 2 years ago when they were 14 and 15 years old they walked out and looked for help. They found Puerta Abierta as DIF ( Mexican government agency that protects children ) referred them to us.
Brisa the eldest and Fátima had never understood what having a family meant, they thought that a tiny mistake could mean that they would have the risk of not being part of the family. Now they know that families give second, third or more opportunities and as they learn to respect, follow the rules they will be closer to other members of the family.
Thanks to your generosity they are enrolled in university and they will become responsible, self-sufficient and independent. Please take a moment to visit today that we celebrate #GivingTuesday our project and keep helping them and the rest of our girls.
Fati as we call her is a sweet young woman that is beginning her degree in Psychology because she wants to become the best neuropsychologist and help people to be well in mind and heart. Fati has gone the extra mile to get wher she is now, she keeps doing her best effort in her studies.
Brisa is doing a degree in Communications and marketing, she loves to be part of all the new social media communications trends. They are loved by the rest of the girls and now they love having Puerta Abierta as a family.
A Fati and Brisa we have 4 more girls in University, they are doing good! Karla is now in her 6 months program that we have for the girls that have finished university so they can empower to become independent. And 2 young women that now are independent but will always be part of this family.
From the bottom of the heart thank you!
Puerta Abierta Girls
There is nothing more profitable than being good. We want to thank you for your support to our project in Puerta Abierta, consolidating efforts in childhood is essential to break cycles and provide a better future.
With your support you have helped us to change the destiny of Fátima who was at risk by attending her integrally to generate skills and abilities that allow her to achieve an independent life as professional woman.
We are excited to tell you that this school year, Fatima started her university studies; we are very proud of her, because every day she gives her best at school and at home.
Fatima is studying Psychology and her commitment to be an independent woman is very big, she loves learning new things, she recently joined "Türish", which means door in German, this is a social business that is part of Puerta Abierta, with these steps she starts her process of independence.
Fatima enjoys reading and talking to new people, always taking the best from people to grow in her human capital.
We are thankful for your support,
Hi, My name is Kim, I am from Queretaro City and I used to live on the street selling chewing gum until I was taken to Puerta Abierta´s home..
I arrived July the 15th 2021 being 10 years. Two weeks after was my birthday, they celebrated me, I had a birthday cake, it was chocolate and all the girls at home had a slice with me. Now I feel part of this family, they have opened their hearts to me and I feel secure and loved. Lucy and Susan take care of us.
As I had never gone to school it was very difficult to find one for me, I was too old to be in 1st grade. They talked with a Montessori school that allowed me to be in their 1st to 3rd grade group and they have been very kind and patient. I am doing a lot of work and now I can read and write, my teacher tells me that my handwriting is beautiful. But what I like more is math, I am very good at it.
As I have done so much progress, I am going to be in 5th grade next year. I love my school, my teachers and my friends.
I am very exited to be telling you this, I have a loving family now and a good school so I am happy and I will do my best always at home with my chores and at school with my homework.
Today, please donate to Puerta Abierta so we can keep up and more girls like me can have an education and a loving family.
Today your donation will be matched until funds are over( terms adn conditions at the bottom), so do it now! This is the link:
There is still time to make the dreams of the girls of Puerta Abierta come true, WE'RE COUNTING WITH YOU!
PD , Guess what I want to be when I grow old? No, not an architect, not an engineer and not a designer! I want to be a Math teacher so more girls enjoy math as I do!
Bye for now,
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