Psychosocial support and vocational training for homeless young women

 
 
Organization

Bolivienda

Country

Bolivia

Thematic area

Education and training

Duration

2013-2015

 
 
  • Un atelier d'artisanat permet aux jeunes filles de la Casa Fraternidad de se préparer à la vie professionelle
    Un atelier d'artisanat permet aux jeunes filles de la Casa Fraternidad de se préparer à la vie professionelle
  • Les jeunes femmes bénéficient d'un suivi social personnalisé et prennent part à des thérapies de groupe utilisant notamment le jeu.
    Les jeunes femmes bénéficient d'un suivi social personnalisé et prennent part à des thérapies de groupe utilisant notamment le jeu.
  • D'anciennes résidentes de la Casa Fraternidad viennent régulièrement témoigner de leur parcours et encourager les jeunes filles dans leur démarche.
    D'anciennes résidentes de la Casa Fraternidad viennent régulièrement témoigner de leur parcours et encourager les jeunes filles dans leur démarche.

The context

Located in the suburbs of La Paz, El Alto is the third largest city in Bolivia, and on a national level, the poorest and most violent. 9 out of 10 women are victims of attacks and 87% of children suffer from domestic and school-based violence.

 
 

The project

The organization Enda El Alto opened shelters to help marginalized girls. Their services include psychological support and vocational training.

 
 

The support

Fondation CHANEL supported a project targeting 126 teenagers in the organization’s integration centers. The young women have benefited from personalized counseling and took part in group therapy sessions, in particular using games and supports.  Technical training programs were also provided in order to facilitate the girls’ social and professional reintegration.  These programs also provided the opportunity to raise awareness among young women about their career options.

The results

  • 75 of the 126 young women have successfully transitioned into a specialized home or family setting.
  • 95% of them were trained to work in a bakery or to make artisanal products.
  • The organization has sensitized the population against violence in the neighborhood as well as in two secondary schools in the area. These preventative measures proved to be a key aspect of the project, raising awareness in the El Alto populations about the issues of homelessness, abuse and gender-based violence in Bolivian society.

 
 

The partner

Bolivienda aims to support the humanitarian work of Enda El Alto association that manages two shelters aspiring to protect, care for and feed children and adolescent victims of violence and in street situations.

 
 
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