San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico
Casa Esperanza is located in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and is a close collaboration between Nur Foundation and the local organization DIF (Municipal Service for the Comprehensive Development of the Family), the public office in charge of governmental policies on social assistance. The project was initially born as a day child care centre for children and adolescents in the context of what is technically known as “street situation”; that is, under-eighteens who fight for family subsistence on the city streets, out of school and home protection. This is a population lacking of any educational aid and a victim of poverty and family breakdown, suffering frequent sexual and physical violence and enormous hygiene and nutritional deficiencies directly affecting their health conditions.
Therefore, Casa Esperanza aims to represent an alternative proposal to this dramatic scenario as a place to host and carry out social improvement actions in three complementary ways: providing educational and employment training for children and teenagers, strengthening their adequate food and physical condition, and promoting family reunification by means of integrating parents in the activities.
To us, it is absolutely clear that the present collaboration with the local authorities and institutions serves as a first step to a comprehensive action overcoming the limitations of a day home such as Casa Esperanza. It is our objective to fully develop all the possibilities in the route we have taken, by means of opening a school large enough to host the highest possible number of children in need, and finding the necessary resources to provide it with the essential facilities. These would include a children’s medical centre and dormitories, so as to offer a full board service for those pupils specially exposed to a situation of abandonment and street survival.
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