Children  Mexico Project #26021

Play center for 80 children with cancer in Mexico

by Manos Unidas por Coatzacoalcos A.C.


The procedures that patients undergo (children and teenagers), the undesirable effects of chemotherapy and its life expectancy lead to stress in children, which manifests in anxiety, fear, behavioral changes, irritability, and withdrawal behaviors. The goals of the play center are: Use positive reinforcement techniques for enhancing patient motivation, To improve their mood and reinforce their immune system, To preserve the health and satisfy special education needs of oncological patients

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Cancer is a health problem that affects negatively a child's daily activities, especially when the child is hospitalized due to his/her serious condition. A patient undergoing cancer will not only require specialized medical care, but also an emotional well-being that may contribute to a fast recovery, to the extent possible. The undesirable effects of chemotherapy and its life expectancy lead to stress in children, which manifests in anxiety, fear, behavioral changes, irritability.


Our methodology consists of setting specific therapies that will be used in patients within a different age range. These therapies will be followed-up at least during 6 months, during which several cognitive and emotional aspects, as well as lab test will be assessed. When the period result assessment of the study has elapsed, the study therapies with the most positive impact on patients will be determined. As patients' psychological health improves, physical recovery improves faster.

Long-Term Impact

Entertainment workshops offer experiences that satisfy some of the specific needs of the hospitalized children and teenagers (most of marginalized communities). When patients get involved in games or in any creative activity, they enjoy themselves and their self-esteem improves. It benefits their comprehensive development and improves their life quality. Relevant achievements result from these therapies, because of the resulting improvements in patients' mood and immune system.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Organization Information

Manos Unidas por Coatzacoalcos A.C.

Location: Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz - Mexico
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Laura Beatriz Ambrosio Fernández
Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz Mexico
$9,981 raised of $12,000 goal
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$2,019 to go
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