Partnership with Callescuela

In Asuncion, Paraguay, the Vida Plena Foundation established strong links with the Callescuela Association and they hope to reach more families with the ICDP programme by joining forces to widen the coverage in the country.

The Association Callescuela is a not-for-profit organization that has been operating since 1982 (but it was legally registered a bit later, in 1987). Callescuela was founded in a decade in which the human rights of children, adolescents and adults were often violated and the argument frequently used was that they can "be considered threats against the authorities". Callescuela's mission is to improve the quality of life of children and adolescents living on the street, in the context of promoting child participation, social equality and unconditional respect for children's rights. Their areas of intervention include educational community projects, tutoring and technical training, support for the participation of children and adolescents, as well as projects to improve health, environment and sanitation. They have acquired their first group of ICDP facilitators.

ICDP trainers from Vida Plena delivered six workshops to a group of 10 educators, all Callescuela employees and also to 10 volunteers from the same organization. These workshops were held between March and November 2015 and afterwards all participants became involved in small scale ICDP projects in which they applied the ICDP programme with groups of caregivers. The caregivers came from low income suburban population. It is hoped that the ICDP facilitators at Callescuela will continue to spread the ICDP messages to more groups of caregivers in the future.