Panama NGO and ICDP
ICDP has started to cooperate with father Antionio Alberto Mendoza Aparicio, from the "Movimiento Nueva Generacion" (New Generation Movement), an NGO operating in Panama city.
The New Generation Movement (website: http://www.mng.org.pa/) is a community-based social organization whose main goal is to implement programmes, projects and social, cultural and sports activities in order to provide comprehensive protection for children and youth. The emphasis is on prevention of violence and gangs through the promotion of ethical and moral values. The vision is to create opportunities for education, socializing, sport and culture for children and adolescents as a basis for their development and a better future life. The New Generation Movement has 6 centres in Panama and these are attended by children and young people. The State offers some support to their programmes.
Their centre for young children (3 and 4 year old) is attended by 300 children whose mothers go to work; the children are at the centre from 7:30am till 4.30 pm. Another centre is attended by children 5-18 years old, who come to the centre after school to do homework and to have lunch. There are also programmes for young people, providing a space for them to establish dialogue, explore different topics and engage in activities. In addition, they also run a school for parents (Escuela para Padres), offering them education as well as some material help.
Nicoletta Armstrong and father Antonio Aparicio have agreed to begin the ICDP training of a group of professionals from the New Generation Movement in February 2017.
The New Generation Movement started in 2000, in a climate of increasing violence and juvenile delinquency, and in order to protect children and youth from gang activity. It arose from the concern of its founder Héctor Brands, who saw that there were no recreation facilities for young people in the districts, so he decided to organize football clubs during the holidays, in which young people could participate in a free and accessible way. Faced with an adverse social scene and only football as a tool for teaching and learning children and young people began to listen and learn about peaceful coexistence, tolerance and culture of peace - and as a result, the New Generation Movement gained a reputation in the community. This led local authorities and organizations to offer their support. Gradually new components were included, such as the educational, recreational, cultural and spiritual. All these activities were led by volunteers, with appropriate knowledge and moral authority in the community. With the increased activities, new strategic alliances were sought and in 2005 a proposal was submitted to the Ministry of Social Development for the establishment and operation of community care centers for children and youth in vulnerable districts. The New Generation Movement was formally constituted as a legal organization in 2003, but it was not until 2006 that it was recognized as a not for profit non-governmental organization.