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Help working children during the Covid 19 pandemic

by ViaNinos UK
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Help working children during the Covid 19 pandemic
Help working children during the Covid 19 pandemic
Help working children during the Covid 19 pandemic
Help working children during the Covid 19 pandemic
Help working children during the Covid 19 pandemic
Help working children during the Covid 19 pandemic
Help working children during the Covid 19 pandemic
Help working children during the Covid 19 pandemic
Help working children during the Covid 19 pandemic
Help working children during the Covid 19 pandemic
Help working children during the Covid 19 pandemic
Help working children during the Covid 19 pandemic
Help working children during the Covid 19 pandemic
Help working children during the Covid 19 pandemic
Help working children during the Covid 19 pandemic
Help working children during the Covid 19 pandemic
Help working children during the Covid 19 pandemic
Help working children during the Covid 19 pandemic
Help working children during the Covid 19 pandemic
Help working children during the Covid 19 pandemic
Help working children during the Covid 19 pandemic
Help working children during the Covid 19 pandemic
Help working children during the Covid 19 pandemic
Help working children during the Covid 19 pandemic
Help working children during the Covid 19 pandemic

As Coronavirus spreads around the world, it has touched almost every single country. Like in many Western countries, it’s hitting the poorest people the hardest. Ecuador is no exception. 

Ecuador recorded its first case of coronavirus at the beginning of March. By mid-April the country had the highest infection rate per capita in South America.

The government reacted swiftly with very strict measures – closed schools, enacted a total curfew from 2pm to 6am, and stopped all but essential activity such as healthcare. In spite of the measures taken, the virus spread at lightning speed particularly in the economic capital of the country, Guayaquil, where it is said that there aren’t enough coffins to bury the dead.

Whilst we welcome the introduction of ‘social distancing’ measures, we can’t ignore the impact this is having on the poorest. Confined to small spaces and with hardly any money, it is extremely difficult for poor families to remain at home for long. They can’t survive the disappearance of what is a meagre income at the best of times, with children especially paying the consequences.

Although the Ecuadorian government is trying to offer some relief to poorer families, it has limited resources and can’t offer rescue packages like developed countries. 

To counter the impact it has become all the more important for organisations like ViaNiños to lend a helping hand to our partner organisations in Ecuador.

CENIT continues to provide support where they can...

Whilst the usual activities at CENIT are temporarily suspended, staff are working hard to support the children and their families. Regular phone calls and contact help CENIT staff keep track of children so that they will return to CENIT's programmes once restrictions are lifted. The outreach worker is able to identify families which need extra support, provide advice about accessing government support and deliver food where needed. They can also help children with distance learning. 

We hope that the strict measures taken in Ecuador will soon lead to a visible containment and reduction of the virus’ spread and alleviate suffering of street and working children and their families from both a health and economic point of view.

At this most difficult of times, CENIT needs our help more than ever and we would really welcome your support.  

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Thank you for supporting CENIT’s street outreach programme!

At the end of last year, CENIT celebrated Christmas in style thanks to a special programme organised by students from the Central University of Ecuador. The children at CENIT also enjoyed the annual Pase del Niño, a religious festival involving a lively procession around the local area.

2020 looks set to be another busy year at CENIT… have you ever thought of volunteering? CENIT are looking for passionate and skilled volunteers to support CENIT's projects old and new. Suitable for someone interested in grassroots social development, NGO outreach, or nonprofit management.

CENIT are currently preparing for International Women’s Day in March (one of the biggest events of their calendar). Keep an eye on their facebook page over the next few weeks to hear stories of inspirational women and girls who are an example to us all.

CENIT’s staff care for vulnerable children day in and day out. Recently they have been practicing a little self-care too, thanks to a yoga session run by Peace-Corps volunteers! CENIT staff also began an exciting new training process to strengthen their methodology. In the first session, they assessed the specific needs of the school and community and started building a foundation for change. Let’s see what comes next!

Once again thank you for being part of the fight to eradicate child labour. Together we can get more children out of dangerous working environments and into school.

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The street outreach programme facilitates the first contact that CENIT has with working children. Outreach workers identify vulnerable children and approach their parents or legal guardians to find out more about their situation. They also provide information about rights and responsibilities as well as services available.

Outreach workers invite these children to join the market playgroups where they participate in educational, recreational, cultural and sporting activities. In this way, they are able to build trust and better understand the problems and family dynamics.

Follow up work with families enables the outreach workers to offer support in the areas of healthcare, legal advice, education and social care. Through collaborating with public and private institutions, they enable children to realise their rights. For example, a frequent problem that they encounter is poor oral health, so they accompany children to the dentist for treatment.

Outreach workers also support children back into the school system. These children have dropped out of school for various reasons. CENIT’s special school enables children who have missed out on some of their schooling to cover 3 years of primary education in 11 months. This accelerated programme helps them catch up and opens doors to secondary and further education or training.

For example, Mauricio, a young person who works with his mother in the mornings and goes to college in the afternoons. He is very motivated to pass his exams, progress and help his mother and brother in a more sustainable way.

Thank you to the fantastic outreach workers at CENIT for all they do and thank you, our supporters, for making this possible.

 

 

 

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Thanks so much for your support!

Your donations mean that our partner organisation, CENIT, is able to support school age children working in the markets of Southern Quito into the education system and preschool children with educational and recreational play groups in preparation for starting school in a safe environment. The children are also taught basic hygiene habits and are accompanied to the dentist or doctor as needed. 

Street outreach is the important first stage of a process of supporting children through the education system. In the long-term, these children will be able to access education and training, which will allow them to secure employment, break the poverty cycle and lead a life of dignity.

Right now at CENIT they are on their summer holidays, so there will be more to report soon!

Maintaining the funding for this and other key roles over time is an enormous challenge for us at ViaNinos.You might like to consider a small recurring donation to help us secure the future of the project. The great news is that if you donate between the 12th and 16th August, Global Giving are matching your donation 60%!

Thank you so much,

From the ViaNinos team

 

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Location: London - United Kingdom
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Bridget Higginson
London, United Kingdom
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