Fundacion La Casita brought Team Argentina to the Street Child World Cup Rio 2014.
In Argentina, viagra buy there are more than 14, order 500 children without parental care. The majority of these children live in the suburbs and city of Buenos Aires. One in every four children in the Buenos Aires suburbs has unfulfilled basic needs, a damaged childhood, substandard living arrangements and violated human rights. One and a half million children and teenagers aged between 5 and 17 are engaged in economic or domestic activities in order to help their family to survive, which means they are forced to leave their education.
La Casita was established in the 1980s as an open-door home in order to overcome the institutionalization of children, where children and teenagers were historically shut away, depersonalized and excluded from family, social and cultural life.
The challenge is still creating child-friendly spaces which support the right to family, school, social, sport and cultural life, in the heart of supportive communities, where the child or teenager decides how long his or her stay there will be and is able to take control of their own lives.
Argentina is South America’s second-largest country and stretches 4,000km from its borders with Brazil in the north, to the southernmost tip of the continent. Although one of South America’s strongest economies, rich with resources and high literacy rates, Argentina has struggled with several financial crises in past decades meaning many of its population still live in poverty.
Population: 45 million
Capital: Buenos Aires
La Casita is promoting the rights of children and teenagers without parental care, campaigning for their stories, for their aspirations and for the recognition of their right to a childhood.
On their return home from the Street Child World Cup Rio 2014 the team shared their experiences with Minister of Labour and Security, Carlos Tomada at an official reception. A major TV station covered their trip to Rio, leading to offers of assistance and a donation of materials to update their facilities.
Interview with Martin & Emanuel, two brothers in La Casita’s story
Emanuel is fifteen years old. He has been living in La Casita Foundation with his brother Martin, who is 14 years old, for a year and a half.
What things have you changed since you came to the Home?
Martín: I managed to stop doing drugs, I started a new life going to school, having a roof over my head here I am not scared of being in the street.
Emanuel: Since I arrived at the home I have been going to school, I stopped doing drugs, I used to take a lot of drugs, all types. Now I’ve stopped using, I think it wasn’t good for me and that’s why I stopped doing it.
Has the relationship between you brothers changed? Do you get on well?
Martín: We used to get on really badly, now we are better we can talk a lot more. Before we were together because of drugs and we talked about robbing and now we talk about other things for example we talk about school, how we feel, it’s different.
We want to stay in the Home for another year and to go back to living with our parents. They have to have therapy to sort out their addiction and violence problems.
They visit us twice a week in the Home and they see that we are better here.
Regarding to your participation in the Street Child World Cup, how do you feel?
Emanuel: It’s going to change our lives, we’re going to get to know another country, make friends.
Martín: We’re going to get to know other people, we’re going to enjoy another country.
How could you help other children who have lived like you have or who have gone through the same things?
Martín: I would try to talk to them calmly and tell them to stop doing certain things that aren’t a good idea, because doing drugs isn’t good for you.
Emanuel: If my friends were doing drugs I would talk to them and tell them that it’s not the answer and it’s not good for you, I’d tell them to go to school and start a new life.
Many thanks also to:
Aerolineas Argentinas and Ministerio de Trabajo