“Children are the world’s most valuable resource, and its best hope for the future,” John Kennedy.
Humanium and Casa Alianza have been working together for several months to implement two projects in Latin America. The project that gives women and their babies in Guatemala access to health and medical services began in 2014, and it is with great pleasure that we can now confirm that the measures taken have not only been a huge success, but have even surpassed our goals.
In Guatemala, despite the authorities’ efforts, many young women still become victims of human trafficking and sexual violence.
Alianza proposed a project with the main objective of helping adolescent victims of these issues and their babies to find a balance in their lives, reintegrate themselves into society and become active members, learn to take care of themselves and their babies, and regain physical and mental well-being through continuous and preventive supervision.
To achieve this aim, it was necessary to provide a safe environment with sufficient staff to monitor victims’ progress and to give them the necessary tools to create a healthy lifestyle.
Moreover, it is important to teach victims how to avoid and fight illnesses and infections.
This project, initially aimed at 35 young women between the ages of 12 and 18, has trebled in size during the course of the last six months, reaching not only the mothers, but also the adolescents at risk. This goes above and beyond what was planned.
The last report indicated that all young women in the programme were now benefiting from access to a general health service, which addresses their specific needs, all thanks to the medical staff, psychiatrists and nurses working continuously with these women.
The introduction of workshops and group discussions has enabled these young women to gain the necessary understanding of personal hygiene, prevention against illnesses, appropriate nutrition for themselves and their babies, childcare, etc.
Despite some difficulties, particularly at the time of presenting this report, the results are promising and show a change in the standards of lifestyle and personal care of these young women.
We are most grateful to Casa Alianza for all the work they have achieved; we have seen a positive change in the lives of these young women and their children. We must also thank all those people who have supported us, not only by their donations, but also through their work. It is thanks to you that we have been able to fulfil such achievements.
This is another step towards achieving children’s rights, and we are confident that we can rely on you to help more children and that we will see a real change in their rights.
On behalf of the Humanium Team, thank you to everyone.
Written by Maria Elena Ramirez
Translated by: Linda Davies
Proofread by: Clare Sharman