€ 40.000 until 2023
2 neighborhoods in Bogotá
Our partner organization Fundación Creciendo Unidos (FCU) has developed a program for these children (on average between 5 and 16 years old). In total, 200 vulnerable children from 120 families received tailor-made guidance in 2020 and 2021. They received support in the field of health (vaccinations, healthy lifestyle, access to care), guidance in the event of abuse (including sexual and domestic violence). They also received homework support and numerous workshops to develop their talents: dance, sports and art.
The families of these children received psychosocial support. The project also explores other work opportunities since most of the families’ current work is illegal and does not offer any social protection. For example some mothers participated in baking and pastry workshops to increase their income.
FCU works with a team of professionals, including a psychologist, an educator, a social worker, a dance teacher and two teachers.
Apart from that, (local) government agencies for child and youth policy cooperate with FCU to respect and apply children’s rights better. These activities fit in a more general vision, where FCU builds the capacity of children and young people to fight for their rights andhold local leaders accountable. For example, some children in FCU programme participate actively in dialogues about children’s rights in child assemblies.
The project of FCU will be funded at least until 2022
“I’ve come here since I was five years old. When I come here, we eat and then I make my homework. In general I get good grades in school. The psychologist asks me how I am doing, how I am treated at home, what I like doing. I made friends here. We play football together and I learned to not fight others, for it is just a game. I feel happy here and I learn a lot.”
In 2021, Wereldkinderen was able to help 135 children, 50 families and 60 parents/caregivers with: