Child Care and Support Centre for Migrants´ Families, Immigrants, Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Short title

Child Care and Support Centre for Migrants´ Families, Immigrants, Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Start date - End date

Thu, 12/31/1998

Brief description of the initiative

To have a friendly and secure meeting space for migrants, immigrants, refugee and asylum seekers´ children and their families, where they can receive a quality daily care, as well as support and information on their rights.

Results and lessons learned

Lessons learned: At the beginning, the project was supposed to be free of charge, but since families did not commit and took the project seriously, a differential payment according to the economic capabilities of each family was finally established. The fee to be paid by parents can vary between 5 to 35 USD per month. After parents started paying for this service, they acknowledged its quality and made a stronger commitment on their participation with the project as well as that of their own children, giving way to a successful project.

Status

Ongoing

Key success or innovative factors

This initiative was successful and innovative because: - It is a project implemented “by the community and for the community”, hence, it is based on real needs. - The project mitigates specific needs of the community, as the neighbourhood lacks trustworthy day care centres that help working women to babysit their young children. - The project involves the active participation of parents and community members in all the process. - It is a self-sustainable project. Hence, most of major economic contributions were used in the construction and functioning of the building, while the daily activities are supported by the beneficiaries themselves. - The Centre has become a communal meeting point to start other projects. - The Centre is open for the community in general, not only for people in mobility, promoting social inclusion. - The structure of the project is adaptable to the changing needs of the community. o The key success factors of this initiative are: - Ownership of beneficiaries (community) of the project.

Budget

170.000 Euros

Donors

Financing: Myra de Brun foundation (The Netherlands), Entrepueblos (Spanish NGO), migrants´ remittances and economic contributions from the local community.

Partner country(ies)

Spain

Main thematic areas

Local Authorities
Migrant rights

Focus area

Migrant Rights
Migrant Communities
Migrant Remittances

First name

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Last name

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Position

Child Care and Support Centre for Migrants´ Families, Immigrants, Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Email

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Main objectives

To have a friendly and secure meeting space for migrants, immigrants, refugee and asylum seekers´ children and their families, where they can receive a quality daily care, as well as support and information on their rights.

Country

Ecuador

Main activities

Day care and children development. Pedagogic workshops for teachers and volunteers. Workshops for parents on topics of interest (focused on women): migrants’ rights, human rights, nutrition, psychology, family relationships, leadership, professional training. Summer camps for children, teenagers and youth leaders.

Main beneficiaries

Target population: children of the community between 1-13 years old and their families. Since the beginning of the project, the Centre has attended approximately 1000 children. Most of them were relatives of emigrants, refugees, immigrants and asylum seekers living in the neighbourhod. All the members of the “Mena 2” area, which is composed of 14 neighbourhoods.

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