This programme is for the children living in the street. (Calle means ‘street’ in Spanish). The team of staff who work with these children are in constant contact with them and are very aware of the dangers and the problems they face. Many of these children are involved with drugs; some with violence. Others have been abused. Most are emotionally and psychologically damaged. All this means that great skill and care is needed in dealing with them. Fortunantly, Funvini’s educators have this in abundance.
Much work is being done to help the children overcome their addictions and some have been reunited with their families. Others have shown an interest in education and have joined our little school at Casa Walsingham They are able to do their homework at Casa Walsingham and have access to computers. Some of our street-children have already gained their High School Certificate. The young man in the cap and gown, who lives in the street, was presented with his Certificate in December 2015, due to his own hard work, and the help provided by Funvini.
A group of these children come to Casa Walsingham each day and much has been done to improve their physical image, their language and general demeanour so that they no longer look or behave like street-children. This means that they are less likely to get into trouble in the street and are in less danger.
At Casa Walsingham they can shower and change their clothes before eating breakfast. Then there are various leisure, craft and educational activities on offer, during which time problems of all sorts—physical, medical, emotional, psychological, can be dealt with.
Lunch is always provided and is an important meal for these young people. Funvini’s staff try to persuade at least some of these children to agree to let them find a place in a residential home for them, or to try to find their families. Others need help to give up the drugs to which they are addicted. At the moment a group of approx. 30 young people are making good progress—-and when you remember that Funvini is a charity of Last Resort then 30 indicates a good level of success.