What we do in Pereira
We have direct communication with the management of the Pereira Foundation in Pereira, Colombia on a regular basis and are kept informed of how the foundation is developing, as well as being notified of any emergencies or accidents that may happen. CAG’s priority is to ensure that the education, health and basic needs of those living at the foundation are met.
- Education: because of the difficult backgrounds experienced by the children before they came to the foundation, many have an educational level below that expected from children of similar age groups. In some cases, this is heightened by learning difficulties such as lack of concentration or poor language skills. Therefore, one of our top priorities is to resolve these problems by improving educational resources and support. By working with professionals willing to volunteer their services and time to the foundation, we aim to help the children overcome learning obstacles and achieve a basic level of education, perhaps even going into higher education which can provide the opportunity to improve their life chances and pursue their dreams.
- Health: not having basic essential healthcare resources makes the health of the children and those living within the foundation very precarious. Until we have sufficient funds to build a healthcare infirmary within the foundation, CAG provides funds to purchase medicines and regular health checks from external organisations. Before arriving at the foundation many of these children were suffering from the effects of neglect, abuse, violence, drugs and unstable environments and so it is crucial that we provide the children with the psychological guidance needed to help them develop their emotional well-being.
- Basic needs: from everyday essential expenses for food, electricity, water and gas, sometimes other unexpected expenses can arise. CAG often contributes financial support to help cover for those expenses such us overdue bills or other requirements provided by the Bienestar Social (Family Well Being Institute), which supervises the foundation.
- Leisure and social needs: having leisure and social events to communicate with the outside world is very important for the children and hence it’s also important for us. On special dates, CAG helps to co-ordinate recreational days for the children to have fun, play and forget for a couple of hours about the difficult circumstances that they live in. In short, so that kids can act as kid