What we do
We provide measures and structures to prevent and respond to violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation affecting children.
Our centers called “Casa Del Sole” offer children protection, informal education, medical care, psychological and nutritional support.
Our centers provide the distribution of school materials, the furnishing of classrooms and medical visits and basic health services, such as vaccinations or dispensaries of essential medicines. At our centers, every child participates in educational support courses and after-school activities where they get to play and participate in games, theater and creative activities. For those who have dropped out of school, especially girls who risk falling into prostitution, our centers organize school recovery courses to help them return to better life prospects and to facilitate their reintegration in the school system.
What are we protecting child from?
Abuse and Neglect
Neglect is the most common type of child abuse. Not providing a child with adequate food, clothing, or shelter to survive and to grow has important effects on the child’s future. It puts a child at greater risk of disease, infection, retardation, or even death. Neglect also includes not providing access to health and educational services.
Child abuse comes in many forms of child maltreatment, including physical abuse, sexual abuse, exploitation and emotional abuse.
Child Labor is work that is harmful to children’s physical and mental development and it deprives them of their childhood, their potential, their dignity and it interferes with their schooling.
In its most extreme forms, child labor involves children being enslaved, separated from their families, and exposed to serious hazards and illnesses and/or left to fend for themselves at a very young age.
Over 700 million women in the world were married before reaching 18, and one-third were younger than 15 years old when married. Child marriage has a significant impact on girls’ health, as early pregnancies can be extremely harmful. It increases their risk to contract STDs or even HIV, and early marriages make girls more vulnerable to physical and verbal abuse. It also interrupts their education and aggravates the poverty cycle.
A phenomenon heavily prevalent in Central and South America. Little girls get tricked with the promise of an easy job or the promise to help pay for their school, yet they become slaves to their owners, and commonly suffer a series of sexual violence.