Installing Community Water services in La Calera, Granada.
Implementing partner: Los Quinchos Association.
Objective: To assure that the agricultural area of the "Los Cachorros" farm is equipped with the right conditions for the maintenance of farm animals, and to train children and youth involved in Los Quinchos in agricultural vocational skills and environmental protection.
Beneficiaries: The project will directly benefit 150 children and youth who are residents of the youth shelters that are run by Los Quinchos.
- Improve the infrastructure at the "Los Cachorros" farm, which includes a pig nursery, a cow barn, and a chicken and rabbit nursery, in order to have healthy and adequate conditions for the animals.
- Cultivate a sense of environmentalism in the children and youth of Los Quinchos by having them participate actively in the care, preservation, and development of the agricultural area and the animals that inhabit it.
Implementing partner: Los Quinchos Association
Los Quinchos Association is a non-profit association created in 1991 in Nicaragua, with its emblem being "never again will we have a child on the streets" . For 20 years, the association has advocated for the human rights of children and youth in Nicaragua, specifically those in social situations of marginalization who have experienced drug abuse, family abandonment, sexual abuse, and family violence. Los Quinchos works with children and youth who are homeless and are living on the street for various reasons by housing them in Los Quinchos’ shelters and having them participate in a program of rehabilitation.
The "Los Cachorros" farm houses adolescent and teenage boys between the ages of 6-14 who are in a situation of homelessness. These children and youth are transferred from another shelter hosted by Los Quinchos called "Casa Filtro", or have been placed in this shelter by the Ministry of Families, Adolescence, and Children. Children and youth sheltered in "Los Cachorros" attend public schools while also learning vocational skills, such as ceramics and hammock making.
In order to ensure proper functioning of the rehabilitation program, males and females are housed in separate shelters, both of which are in the municipality of San Marcos in the department of Carazo, Nicaragua. Los Quinchos also hosts a shelter called Casa Filtro, which brings in children and youth who are new to the program and facilitates an initial introductory rehabilitation program before advancing to a shelter in San Marcos.
At Los Quinchos, children and youth are given psychological and medical attention by a team of psychologists, social workers, and nurses. The participants also engage in sexual health education and exchanges with other youth and adults who have lived through similar situations of homelessness.
The Project: Conditioning the agricultural space of the "Los Cachorros" farm, and training children and youth in agriculture techniques and environmental protection
The project will improve the infrastructure of the agricultural area in the "Los Cachorros" farm, a shelter that houses at-risk boys and young men who are involved in the Los Quinchos program. The farm houses a total of 17 hens, 5 roosters, 1 rabbit, 13 pigs, 102 baby chickens, 3 cows, 1 bull, 4 pelibuey sheep, and 26 ducks. The improvement to the infrastructure includes reparations to the shelters that house pigs, cows, chickens, and the rabbit. Through these repairs, ͞Los Cachorros͟ will provide clean and healthy living spaces for animals and humans.
As part of the project, the children and youth of Los Quinchos will participate in workshops and training in the importance of environmental protection during environmental crisis. Children and youth attending Los Quinchos will be trained in soil management, creating organic compost and fertilizer, proper planting techniques, and proper farm animal management. Through these activities, participants will receive vocational skills and training that will assist them in their future professional and vocational endeavours, as well as instilling a sense of environmental appreciation and protection in a new generation of youth.
Our Partnership with Los Quinchos Association
This will be the first time that Casa-Pueblito will partner with Los Quinchos.
Schools may visit Los Quinchos to learn about the work being done with at-risk youth at the shelters. Los Quinchos is open to having visitors at the centers. Children and youth involved in the rehabilitation program love interacting with visitors, playing games with them, and showcasing their new skills, such as hammock making and circus performance. A visit to Los Quinchos will provide a unique and engaging learning experience where students will interact with Nicaraguan youth who come from difficult life experiences in a safe environment. This center provides a perfect opportunity to question pre-conceived stereotypes of poverty, and will allow delegations to get to know one of the most marginalized and ignored populations in Nicaragua.