Since 2015 Future4Children’s main focus has been to prevent violence and abuse through the project “WAWAS”, meaning “children” in the Bolivian language Quechua.
Having been involved in the care and education of Bolivian marginalized children since 2007, we realized that most of our children at the orphanages were victims of violence and abuse. Not only does this result in direct suffering, mental problems and limited academic performances, but is also considered a major root cause of adult dysfunctionality, crime and violence.
How is WAWAS managed and organized?
Future4Children collaborates with the local organization Huellas & Futuro involving more than 3000 children in three municipalities in the Andean valley area of Cochabamba.
In order to stop the cycle of violence from generation to generation WAWAS is based on a long term systematic, holistic and community based approach. It consists of four parts:
Raising awareness: Public marches against violence, theatre performances in public spaces, brochures, posters and murals.
Prevention: What have been done are information and dialogues with the parents of all the children at the involved schools, workshops for parents, children, teachers and the general public.
Assistance: 18 months bi-weekly program for the entire families of abused children in non-violent conflict resolution by psychologists and lawyers.
Rehabilitation: Ttherapy by psychologists of the abused children, assistance to the aggressors to find work, reduce alcohol consumption and other poverty reduction tools.
Quantitative measurements show that there have been significant changes in the abused children’s progress in school, number of incidents of abuse in the involved families and number of reported cases of violence or abuse against children at the police stations.
It is also noticeable that there are changes in the community at large from a general acceptance and stigma of violence and abuse of children towards awareness and capacity building of a new non-violent culture.
The government of Cochabamba is following the project and has shown strong interest in copying and scaling the project throughout the entire province. In this way not only the involved children, their families and the local community, but enormously many more people will benefit.
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Read more about the projects we’ve been involved with and how we’ve supported children around the world, by clicking here https://future4children.com/projects/
Read more about how we’re actively involved in all parts of running projects together with local partner organizations, by clicking here https://future4children.com/how-we-work/