In Colombia 2 million children are mistreated every day, 35,000 are sexually abused, 14,000 join the armed conflict and 2.5 million children work informally (Watchlist, 2010) these risk factors undermine self-esteem and empowerment, hindering the possibility to adapt adequately to a situation and recover from it. 500 children from social institutions, whose rights have been violated will benefit through play and integral attention developing self-esteem and empowerment and boosting resilience.
Corporacion Superarse provides integral attention through play as a therapeutic instrument, along with free meals, pedagogical support, didactic materials and psychosocial services to children at risk in Colombia. In this project play has a crucial preventive role, because through play, children can symbolise feelings that would be hard to represent by language, providing an opportunity to work on the solution of conflicts in a safe and pleasurable mode (Erikson, 1963; Piaget 1951).
The project improves the physical and mental development, self-esteem, resilience and empowerment of more than 500 Colombian children who have the rights of the most vulnerable children of Medellin, which allows them to build healthy life projects for the future The game is the main instrument to transform the realities of children as an alternative approach for the development of social, cognitive and psychological skills.
This project has provided additional documentation in a DOCX file (projdoc.docx).