Niñas de la Calle is a children’s residential institution in Mexico City. It welcomes young girls from abusive homes and devotes itself to recreating a safe and loving environment conducive to their long-term well-being. The objective is to provide them with an opportunity to lead an autonomous and dignified life. The model of care is comprised of four essential pillars: health, education, self-development and occupational training.
The institution utilises various programs all aimed to help the girls regain their self-esteem and confidence. This process is essential to overcome the learning difficulties such as reading, writing, critical thinking, and problem-solving. These difficulties are sadly quite common amongst children with abusive backgrounds. In effect, the home aims to recreate the support system that the girls should or would normally obtain from their families. Girls are welcome to stay in the residence until their mid-twenties, as it important to gradually help them in the transition into adulthood until they have found an academic or professional path.
Over 1’000 girls have been welcomed since the inception of the home in 1993. The residential capacity has been gradually increasing and can now host over 70 girls. It is also affiliated with an establishment which specializes in the treatment of mental disorders called “Casa de la Esperanza”. The model of care which creates a caring and supportive has been found to have a significant impact in reducing dosage of medical treatment for those suffering of mental disorders.
Occasionally, families express the desire to be reconciled with their daughters. For these cases, the foundation offers a counselling program with both the families and the girls in order to attempt to safely rekindle relationships.
PAIDI is a non-profit organization promoting a culture of protection and development for children from dysfunctional homes.
The foundation is focusing on finding loving homes for the children and serves as a temporary foster home while the family situation of the child is coordinated between the adoptive parents and the National System for Integral Family Development (Sistema Nacional para el Desarollo Integral de la Familia). PAIDI plays an integral role in the psychological preparation of the children ahead of adoption as well as providing training to the new adoptive parents to ensure the best possible transition.
Sadly, and for various reasons, many children do not get the opportunity to integrate into an adoptive family. In this instance, PAIDI serves as a foster home where they create a supportive environment where the kids without paternal care can be granted opportunity to heal their emotional bonds and be granted the right to a dignified life.
In the first three years of activity since inception in January of 2017, the foundation has successfully placed 59 children in foster homes. In addition to their efforts of transitioning children into loving homes, PAIDI runs a project in conjunction called the “Programa de Investigación Psicosocial”, which supports children by way of psychological counseling. This program has treated over 1’200 boys and girls. In most individual cases, evaluations have also been followed by a proactive socio-economic intervention.
As a result of deforestation, land erosion and unproductivity, impoverished rural communities are faced with a severe lack of opportunities. In an attempt to find a solution to this tragic reality, GRUPEDSAC is committed to developing a complete set of sustainability skills across hundreds of communities in Mexico. The foundation operates training centers Huixquilucan (State of Mexico) and in Ejutla de Crespo (Oaxaca).
The training encompasses the use eco-technologies which help achieve self-sufficiencies in food cultivation, water supply, energy and waste management. In parallel, GRUPEDSAC promotes the organizational capacity of these communities, with the objective to empower its people. Through the acquisition of new knowledge and improved sustainable methods impoverished communities can improve the overall health of their people and prosper for a brighter economic future.
The training centers welcomes farmers, indigenous communities, NGO activist, public officials, as well as students from the entire American continent. From 2010 to 2019, over 6’000 families have seen their lifestyle improved from the various programs be it access to clear water, improved sanitary conditions, increased their alimentary input or have access to cost effective forms of energy. GRUPEDSAC’s sustainability methods have a powerful exponential factor with the potential to enhance the life of millions throughout future generations.
Based in the state of Jalisco, Niños Felices is dedicated to provide overall care, treatments and therapies to children with either physical, mental or emotional disabilities. The foundation typically works with babies as young as three months old all the way up to adolescents of 15 years of age.
Niños Felices collaborates with a collective of licensed therapist, specifically: a psychologist, two physical therapists, a language therapist, and a teacher with expertise with children with learning disabilities. Most of the funding is directed at obtaining the best possible care in order to provide these children with an opportunity to live a wholesome and dignified life.
Since its inception in March 2010, a total of 10 children have been receiving learning, language and psychotherapies on an ongoing basis. The foundation’s facility’s space has now been increased to be able to provide these same services for up to 30 children. The new facility also counts a larger space for physiotherapies and a center for multi-sensor stimulation.
Save the Children aims to improve the lives of children through better education, health care, and economic opportunities, as well as providing emergency aid in natural disasters, war, and other conflicts. The foundation has three clear priorities: that no child dies from preventable causes, that all children are entitled to a qualitative basic education and that there is zero tolerance against violence on children and adolescents.
The foundation has been very impactful at the heart of communities all across the country. In 2018 alone, Save the Children has been proactive in over 350’000 children and adolescents in areas relating to education, health, protection against violence, employability. Another prominent area of support in 2017 was in humanitarian aid as a direct response to the devastating earthquake. The foundation was proactive in developing housing, rebuilding schools and providing food and water to over 140’000 people, of which 69’000 were children.