Posted on April 22, 2016
Desarrollo y Autogestion has identified a gap in the relief efforts which this fund will help to fill, namely providing children victims with a healthy and safe alternative until they can go back to school, which could be months. It has organized a comprehensive program through which to channel the funds to the children of Canoa. In their words:
"Ecuadorians and people around the world have expressed their solidarity with the people in coastal Ecuador, providing food, medicine, water, etc., but there is a segment of the population which has been made especially vulnerable in this tragedy, specifically children and adolescents. We urgently need to find ways to attend to children who have been left orphans, homeless and/or separated from their families, and attend to the needs of these children, providing food security, education, and protection, and finding ways to give them back their childhood, through safe places where they can play and learn in the midst of such destruction.
Desarrollo y Autogestion, together with local stakeholders, is developing a program to attend to these children, using a methodology designed for post-emergency recovery situations. It is important to rebuild their trust, hope and desire to live, supporting not only their physical recovery but their emotional needs as well.
In Canoa, this fund will help 150 boys and girls, in daily activities coordinated by facilitators, therapists and volunteers, allowing them to express their feelings through play, art, puppet shows, etc., along with food and school supplies.
With your support we will:
- Purchase recreational and art materials
- Train volunteer facilitators
- Refer cases of orphans and homeless children to specialized agencies
- Provide psychological counseling
Providing these services to 150 children for 60 days will cost approximately $20,700, or $2.30 per child per day. Several local organizations have agreed to contribute their time and resources to this initiative.Now is the time to show our support for Ecuador and its children and youth.