Growing Free of Gendered Violence in Costa Rica

by WWDF/BIENDEMUJER
Growing Free of Gendered Violence in Costa Rica
Growing Free of Gendered Violence in Costa Rica
Growing Free of Gendered Violence in Costa Rica
Growing Free of Gendered Violence in Costa Rica
Growing Free of Gendered Violence in Costa Rica
Growing Free of Gendered Violence in Costa Rica
Growing Free of Gendered Violence in Costa Rica
Growing Free of Gendered Violence in Costa Rica
Growing Free of Gendered Violence in Costa Rica
Growing Free of Gendered Violence in Costa Rica
Learning about emotions
Learning about emotions

100% of the children we serve have access to activities and spaces that promote a better coexistence with their peers and significant others, based on principles of respect and empathy for equality.

The development of soft skills has become a very important transversal axis in all the work we do. When promoting gender equality among children is most important to equip them to develop self-control and other soft skills such as empathy. And it is crucial to do it in all interaction spaces and activities. An example is the Spanish workshops based on the reading of the book The Little Prince, in which in addition to literacy, we also encourage them to look into the socio-emotional aspects addressed in the book.

Also, some specific initiatives where equality was addressed, were the participation of sixth graders in a consultation carried out by UNICEF on issues such as migration, discrimination, xenophobia, and how to promote inclusion in educational and social spaces; and workshops implemented in coordination with the Office of Prevention of the Municipality of San José for the development of executive skills. In our daily work, we also use cooperative work and games to teach kids the importance of self-control, respect, and empathy when the expected outcome is success and wellbeing for all.

Learning about emotions
Learning about emotions
Learning about inclusion
Learning about inclusion
Dancing
Dancing
Making bracelets
Making bracelets
Puppets
Puppets

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Drawing after reading The Little Prince
Drawing after reading The Little Prince

What we call "normal life" has changed a lot since 2020. That "normal life" was already challenging for the children in the community of Carpio in San José, Costa Rica, and the new circumstances the Pandemic has faced us with keep deteriorating the community and especially the lives of children. Imagine a 10-year-old girl, have 3 more siblings and her mom has lost her job cleaning homes –her employers were concerned she may contract COVID-19 while commuting by bus–; there is no Internet connection in the house and her mom has a smartphone but no money to pay for the service most of the time. Her father has been out of a job for a while now. When they fight there is no place to hide as there is only one room in the house. Besides, schools are not fully operating yet and children lack the guidance to learn the contents of the curriculum.

That's what kids in the community face on a daily basis. That's why your support is so important. Your help allows us to provide children with socioemotional support. We have extended the activities of the project to meet the needs that are not being provided in their homes, such as access to the Internet and computers, food, and academic tutoring. In all we do we promote and are role models of gender equality and embracing diversity.

In difficult times, creativity, innovation, and hard work are the ingredients for success. However even more important is to love what we do and walk our talk, and those are the principles of our work.

We are grateful for your great support and are counting on you to do the good work. 

Thank you!

Playing Chess
Playing Chess
Delicious food!
Delicious food!
Learing
Learing
Virtual class
Virtual class
Learning about inclusion
Learning about inclusion
Dancing!
Dancing!
Learning about equality
Learning about equality
Usin technology
Usin technology

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COVID-19 continues changing our lives. But it is women who have experienced the impact more deeply. The progress made in the last decades in terms of gender equality already is being reversed.

According to the Observatory of Gender Violence in Costa Rica; unemployment for women today represents 30.4%; the time they dedicate to caring for other members of their families and domestic work has quadrupled; they experience a sharp decrease in demand and supply in their productive activities; they are less likely to be reached by social protection measures, and their health is generally negatively affected by reallocation of resources and priorities, including sexual and reproductive health services.

Children are witnessing and experiencing the consequences of this new reality as the Pandemic continues challenging society and especially women. From our scope of action, we keep working with children at Carpio community in San José, Costa Rica, adjusting and reorienting our actions to ease the social and economic impacts of COVID-19 on the children and their families.

We are helping them to have their basic needs met. In the last months, we support families with food, masks, hygiene products, electronic devices, and facilitating access to the Internet so that children can cope with the shift toward virtual education, we make sure girls have equal access and opportunities. In these ways, we are helping to reduce the children's families' socioeconomic stress, helping them process and cope with the daily situations in their homes, and therefore contribute to more peaceful interactions with less gender violence.

Thank you for supporting at-risk children in Costa Rica, you make a difference!

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School supplies to better learn
School supplies to better learn

As the Pandemic continues challenging conventional ways of supporting at-risk children, we continue evolving and innovating so that they have their basic needs met. We have contributed to their development and to minimize the impact of an environment plagued with gender stereotypes, discrimination, and violence.

Sanitary measures in Costa Rica are more flexible now but still, on-site education is only partial and the economy is far from recovering; unemployment continues growing and with it the violence and social risk the children we serve suffers. Lack of access to the Internet and intelligent devices, overcrowded households, lack of proper infrastructure, and a nice and quiet place to learn, are some of the troubles they face.

We have continued serving them with online classes and activities and, are now starting to get together in small groups, keeping the social distance, using masks, continuously washing hands, and all other preventive measures to reduce the risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus. 

In the last months, our support to the children's families with food, masks, hygiene products, electronic devices, and more have certainly help to reduce the socioeconomic stress of the children's families and therefore the possibility of higher gender violence.

Thank you for supporting at-risk children in Costa Rica, you make the difference!

School supplies for all
School supplies for all
Recycling a way to respect others
Recycling a way to respect others
Fun classes!
Fun classes!
Dancing is exiting!
Dancing is exiting!
Skilfull dancers!
Skilfull dancers!

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Gifts for kids
Gifts for kids

Times are both unprecedented and challenging. It called us to evolve and find ways to continue moving and change for the good of those who we served –at-risk children that are growing in environments plagued of gender stereotypes, discrimination and violence.

Sanitary measures in Costa Rica are strict and prevent us to serve the children in site; therefore we had to go virtual in the most challenging situation you can imagine –lack of access to the Internet and intelligent devices, overcrowded households, lack of proper infrastructure and a nice and quiet place to learn, just to mention some.

We had to postpone all activities but those that can be carried out virtually and had to prioritize critical needs. Poverty has raised even more, and the children, their families and community are hurting –deaths by Covid-19, no means to buy food and hygiene products, and so on.
Our role has been to continue serving the kids virtually with online classes, games and special events, but we are strongly working to satisfy the basic needs of the children and their families.
The last months we have:

  • Help families with members that have contracted Covid-19, with food, hygiene products and even funeral arrangments.
  • Distribute food, masks, hygiene products, some electronic devices, toys and more.
  • Help kids with their school classes online and academic projects and homework
  • Continue to have virtual activities with the children to prevent gendered violence –virtual interactive books reading, songs, yoga, sharing and more.

It is impossible to fight gendered violence if the basic needs of the children are not meet. Right now, while we are still under the siege of this deadly disease, we need to focus on critical needs to diminish the high probabilities of gender violence increasing given the detrimental socio-economic conditions of these underprivileged households.

Virtual Interactive Book reading
Virtual Interactive Book reading
Online Yoga
Online Yoga
Fun activities
Fun activities
Food for the Children and their Families
Food for the Children and their Families
Masks for all!
Masks for all!
Tutoring
Tutoring

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Location: San José - Costa Rica
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Maritza Ulate
Alajuela, Alajuela Costa Rica
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