number of children participating in this program on a daily basis in our
city center facility ranges from 80 to 300.
a growing number of these poor desparate
young people. And as we get to know them we first try to reintegrate them
back into their natural families (when families can be located); for this
certainly is the ideal solution to their desparate existance. It usually
requires lots of work by our social workers and psychologists to help disfunctional
or abusive parents to become functional; but when this is impossible and
therefore unfair to the children to force them to return to their natural
parents: we provide these children education,
food and clothing until we can we can get them into safe shelters in the
region (often involving going to court against the abusive parent/s).These
shelters include Hogar San Jose, Hogar De Cristo, Hogar De Esperanza and
Aldea Infantil De Santa Rosa. We do this work under the name of "Albergue
Nicole D´Amecourt" (named in honor of someone who has worked
with us for over 25 years and whose tireless generosity has helped needy
children in many parts of the world).
America has more street children , percapita, than any place
on earth. In our time in Peru we have befriended and are helping
Getting education for the children in this program is our highest priority.
With this in mind we are developing, with the help of a Swiss education
researcher, a learning system which specializes on the particular abilities,
limitations and level of intelligence of each street child - we are calling
our system "Specialissimus", which is Latin for both 'highly specialized'
and 'more than special'.
We housed street children and orphans
from 2001 through early 2003, and since have concentrated on:
This method of education is broadly based
on the Montessori and Steiner systems. When we have gained the child's
confidence and obedience we work personally with him or her to encourage
positive aptitudes and talents; we will develop specialized mini curricula,(
within the overall curriculum), designed to strengthen a particular child's
abilities, confident and self esteem..