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There are no programs in place that work specifically with the victimized caretakers and children.
Between 1986 and 2016 the civil conflict in Colombia has led to the victimization of 7.9 million people, 490,606 of those are children under the age of 5. Violence and poverty bring about negative psychological consequences for both adults and children. Victimized households are one of the most disadvantaged groups in Colombia, and children born in such households face unsurmountable challenges to develop their full potential.
Exposure to such stressful circumstances during early childhood has devastating consequences on these children’s cognitive and socio-emotional development and can compromise their right to lead healthy and productive lives. Protecting children from the negative consequences of violence and displacement is therefore one of the key challenges for a more peaceful society.
We will equip primary caregivers with the tools to foster healthy child-parent attachments.
In alliance with the Center for Economic Development Studies at the University of the Andes and the University of California's San Francisco Child Trauma Research Program (CTRP) we have designed Semillas de Apego to implement, and evaluate early childhood intervention that protects children whom have grown up in environments of adversity, violence and displacement. Our curriculum is based on the Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) designed by CTRP to assist vulnerable and underserved population.
The 15-week curriculum provides tools so that victimized mothers and primary caregivers can process their own trauma. Then, the program focuses on allowing a proper understanding of the child’s development trajectories and how they are silently being affected by the experience of adversities. Finally, the curriculum works towards fostering child-rearing good practices. Together, Semillas de Apego aims to foster the healthy child-parent attachments that promote appropriate emotional development.
Cognitive and emotional development is compromised when a child is exposed to extreme violence.
Your donation will finance the mother/caregiver group psychosocial intervention sessions where a contribution of $270 dollars would allow for 6 mothers to attend the 15 week long program in Tumaco, in total the program will impact 1,920 children. We will provide cost-effective and evidence based results that will be replicated by other organizations across the country. This will provide thousands of victimized children an opportunity to lead healthy and successful lives.
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