Friday, October 12, 2012

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Our new partner in Peru - MUNDO DE NINOS

NOTE: This column follows on from our last post.

The project started in 2001 in the resort town of Huanchaco, facing the Pacific Ocean, with the purpose of offering the children coming from a streets of Trujillo and Huanchaco a healthy environment that contributes to facilitate their process of resocialization. When a new child enters the home he will learn the rules and regulations and will learn to live in a group, which helps in leaving behind his antisocial behavior. The child’s integration into life in the home is helped by the multidisciplinary team: teachers, psychologists, social workers and also by teacher workshops and a varied program of activities. At this stage it is also very important to stabilize the child and keep him away from drugs (for those with an addiction).
The home provides social and psychological services at the beginning of the treatment program including an assessment of the child’s care, satisfaction of basic needs, a psychological and social evaluation, as well as dynamic participation in the everyday life in the home. Educational and training activities are also held during the productive workshops.

After stability has been achieved the children begin to make contact with the outside world by returning to school. According to their progress they also begin technical training. It is important to note that at this stage the children discover their academic, working and creative potential helping them to increase their motivation for a change and drives the process of stabilization and identification at the home. 

- Andreas Clamer, Founder.

We are really happy to be working with Mundo de Ninos and the opportunity to spend 2 months in the centre getting inspired by the children, the rich textile culture and organic farming tradition and coming back with a designed and developed collection.
the inauguration of Mundo de Ninos (world of children) with Andreas Clamer



Tuesday, October 9, 2012

STREET KIDS IN TRUJILLO, PERU

In Peru childhood is one of the most vulnerable and unprotected periods of the life. Two thirds of children under the age of 5 live in poverty and 2 out of 10 live in extreme poverty. Similarly, 4% of children aged between 5 and 11 years do not attend school. More than 54% of the population lives in poverty or in extreme poverty meaning children and adolescents are at great risk. 

Street children and adolescents in Trujillo are minors in social risk who live in deplorable conditions on public roads where they eat, sleep, steal, sniff glue ”Terokal”, make bets, establish relationships, have children and are victims of labor and sexual exploitation. 92% of these children consume drugs and alcohol. This critically affects their mental and physical health. These children come from dysfunctional families with major economic problems, are far more likely to drop out of school, and are often victims of abuse and violence. They are children and adolescents who, for the most part, have ”escaped” from their home. Their personality is characterized by low self esteem, frustration, irritability, deficits in self-control, distrust of others, problems with authority and exacerbation of sexuality and aggression. What can we do?