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Who we are

Mission

"Understand and take care of in an individualized way, youngsters who live on the streets, working with them hand in hand in a gradual process which allows them to choose and maintain another life option, as well as strengthening youngsters at risk of living on the streets with protective factors, within their family and school environments."

Vision 2020

1,000 youngsters will definitely have ceased to live on the street.

50 young people will live independently thanks to their stay in Casa de Transición a la Vida Independiente (CTVI) (Transition House to Independent Living).

150 families will receive socio-affective tools for parental skills to offer their children support and companionship, preventing them from living on the street.

1,000 adolescents will have developed cognitive, social and emotional skills, with which they can avoid using drugs, reduce the risk of dropping out of school and living on the street.

At least five civil organizations or governmental institutions will have received counseling and / or training from Pro Niños , for the comprehensive care of boys, girls and adolescents in vulnerable situations.

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History

Going to live on the streets is a gradual process, consisting of many individual, family and social factors; all of which are manifested differently, that is why the work with every boy, girl and adolescent is unique and must take into account the great inherent human and social complexity.

The street for children and youngsters is an intimidating and at the same time safe space; it is a space that depersonalizes and simultaneously identifies; it is a space of risks and challenges that has changed significantly with the passage of time.

For over 20 years, educators at Pro Niños have identified large groups of children and adolescents living in the streets with a broad sense of ownership, where everyone worked together for the common good, although that did not exclude the presence of quarrels and conflicts unleashed by the use of psychoactive substances. They seek out employment in activities related to the community: for instance by helping in the stalls of street vendors, selling candies, cleaning car windshields or, begging for money after a street performance.

Faced with this reality Pro Niños developed its first program: De la Calle a la Esperanza (From the Street to Hope), in order to create a bridge between the street and a dignified life option, offering youngsters processes of reflection, developing healthy habits and life skills and the use of their strengths.

Once the youngsters choose a life different from that on the street, Pro Niños faced the difficulty of finding residential premises for the young people between 16-21 years old, who even when they decided to live independently, after a time returned to the street.

To deal with this situation, Pro Niños developed an option of temporary residence in which young people can prepare for an independent life, since they cannot return to their families nor be placed in an institution because of their age. This program is named Casa de Transición a la Vida Independiente (CTVI) (Transition House to Independent Living), this program from the beginning teaches young people to cope for themselves in a safe environment in which they receive comprehensive health care, as well as job training and support for their return to school; all with the aim of creating the necessary conditions for their emotional, physical and mental health.

In 2011 Pro Ninos conducted research that allowed a diagnosis of the situation of children and adolescents who have not yet left their homes but are in danger of eventually living on the streets. Based on the analysis of this research the third program: Atención a Familias (Family Care Program) was created, in this program families are provided with both individual and collective educational-therapeutic sessions, to develop skills that allows them to prevent their children from leaving home and to live on the street.

Be able to comply with the institutional mission requiring all team members to act as a community in which young people have a place where they can express their enormous creative capacity and where communication stops being vertical to contribute in the construction of a truly inclusive society.