COVID CRISIS:Temporary home for 35 children in ARG

by Mensajeros de la Paz Argentina
COVID CRISIS:Temporary home for 35 children in ARG
COVID CRISIS:Temporary home for 35 children in ARG
COVID CRISIS:Temporary home for 35 children in ARG
COVID CRISIS:Temporary home for 35 children in ARG
COVID CRISIS:Temporary home for 35 children in ARG
COVID CRISIS:Temporary home for 35 children in ARG
COVID CRISIS:Temporary home for 35 children in ARG
COVID CRISIS:Temporary home for 35 children in ARG
COVID CRISIS:Temporary home for 35 children in ARG
COVID CRISIS:Temporary home for 35 children in ARG
COVID CRISIS:Temporary home for 35 children in ARG
COVID CRISIS:Temporary home for 35 children in ARG
COVID CRISIS:Temporary home for 35 children in ARG
COVID CRISIS:Temporary home for 35 children in ARG

The temporary home called Colibríes provides specialized care to boys and girls who lived complex situations of rights violation and must remain, momentarily, away from their family. The primary purpose of the household is to offer a contention space for the hosted population. We work to ensure the restoration of their rights, protecting their dignity.

August 16th is childhood´s day and this year caught us in the middle of a challenge: the pandemic.  For this reason, from Mensajeros de la Paz we support more than 100 children that participate in our different projects, with different presents as toys and other games to encourage recreation through playing. These toys help them in their development and welfare because children are the ones who have suffered most the isolation.

Furthermore, on September 21st we celebrate spring day with volunteers and collaborators. We made a great celebration for both children and elderly adults. We are all doing our best to deal with the pandemic assisting children who need us in these crucial times.

We want to deeply thank all persons, collaborators, organizations and partner associations, to our network of godmothers and godfathers who, despite the distance, have accompanied and helped us to provide a game to each child and a celebration that generates a pleasant experience they will not forget.

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The temporary home for vulnerable children called Colibríes is one of the few institutions in the province of Buenos Aires that continued working with a technical level. The result was that 7 boys and girls were restituted to their families. Besides, our technical team set up a protocol adapted to virtual spaces, which was presented and had a great receptivity of state entities. This makes Colibríes the only establishment in the province carrying out a linkage with potential new adoptive families in pandemic times.

The safety measures were also strengthened to protect both residents and workers. We organized talks between the children and adults in charge of their care. Furthermore, a crisis committee was formed and a telephone line for communication was enabled. The purpose was to control the entry of adults that were not the personnel required for taking care of children, among other measures.

Throughout these months, we keep doing recreational and artistic activities virtually. To achieve this we built a space full of computers for children. This place guarantees access to education and socialization. Besides, there is a permanent support to referents and adoptive families in a virtual form. Finally, we remain celebrating birthdays, as well as other activities.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Argentina, Mensajeros de la Paz is working in a transversal and integral way based on its 4 programmatic topics. These are related to different regulations made by the authorities, in line with the OMS recommendations.

We want to deeply thank all the people that made and make us continue providing support to boys and girls in Colibríes home with their donation.

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As is known worldwide, in Argentina, like the rest of the world, COVID-19 is arriving, forcing us to put all organizations that work especially with vulnerable populations on alert.

From Mensajeros de la Paz, we are reinforcing prevention measures in our projects: We do not stop giving service to anyone who needs it.

Girls living in the home are protected and we are very proud of it! We have an incredible team working 24 hours giving access to their rights, to those who need it most.

These are some of the main actions that we carried out during the last 10 days:

  • Hygiene and cleaning measures have been reinforced in all projects, following all the recommendations of the specialized govermental agencies.
  • Information and awareness posters have been placed in visually strategic places, and workshops have been held for staff.
  • Together with specialized organizations, a protocol has been defined for the event that any person presents symptoms, to avoid contagion within the same home, enabling spaces for private care.
  • Social support have been reinforced by telephone or WhatsApp for attendees, workshops and project personnel, leading to greater support for the well-being of the society.

All together we will make this world situation end!

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Adoption is not only the right of parents to have children, it is mainly the right of children to live and integrate fully into a family. The family allows the child to be related to a life story and, above all, offers protection against the violation of his rights.
In our Home we know a lot about this. One of our main functions is to follow the process of girls to insert themselves in a family with who they will live, grow and develop healthily. And guess what? Something very beautiful happened to us that we want to share with you a story full of love: Reina adopted 3 girls.
Reina works in the project since 2016 as a cook. Together with her husband, she decided to adopt 3 girls: Sara, Natividad, and Ana. She already had 3 male children so now they will be a family of 8 people.
In an interview we did to her, Reina told us that she is happy to see the family grows, and to multiply her love for his 3 new daughters. These girls, thanks to the love of their mother, will have a family home where they can grow up healthy with a safe and loving environment.
We are proud! These things are what happen in our Home, and this it is Mensajeros e la Paz.
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In August, in Mensajeros de la Paz Argentina we received the MBA students of Gabelli School of Business from Fordham University of New York.
They carried out a volunteer experience that was divided into two projects: On one side, they did different consultancies related to administration, finance and marketing topics to our NGO. These consultancies allowed us to think and analyze our work processes and possible improvements in each area. 
On the other side, they did a group volunteer activity where they painted our temporary home. They made very beautiful drawings on the walls and the Home completely changed its appearance and its energy! Now it is a house with many more colors and joy thanks to them.
Our group volunteering sessions aim to work with different institutions in order to improve the quality of life of the most vulnerable sectors of the community. Mainly encouraging universities and other institutions to develop new initiatives of Corporate Social Responsibility and Social Investments, and to making aware participants about social causes and give them the opportunity to help in the long term project.
It was a pleasure to work in an alliance with Fordham University and hopefully, we would like to have more initiatives like this.


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Mensajeros de la Paz Argentina

Location: Buenos Aires C.F., Buenos Aires - Argentina
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Candelaria Lopez
Buenos Aires C.F., Buenos Aires Argentina
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