The aim of the project is to create a didactic playroom for 350 abandoned or abused children, ages 4 through 10, in Medellin Colombia, in order to prevent psycho-social risks through the development of resilience, self-esteem and empowerment.
The project includes free meals, didactic materials, pedagogical services, and psycho-social support for abandoned and abused kids during 3 months; preventing their enrollment in the armed conflict, child labour, drugs, and extreme poverty.
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. 350 children from Superarse Corporation whose rights have been violated will benefit through play and integral attention developing self-esteem and empowerment and boosting resilience.
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 will enhance self-esteem, resilience and empowerment of 350 Colombian children that have their rights violated and belong to the poorest sectors of Medellin, allowing them to build healthy life projects for the future.
Play will be the main instrument to transform the realities of the children as an alternative approach for developing social, cognitive and psychological skills.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).