Every evening, in the heart of downtown Guadalajara, CODENI works with street children offering formal and informal education projects. The program includes basic literacy classes, homework club, academic scholarships, workshops on children’s rights and responsibilities, arts and crafts, and life skills workshops. These activities are led by CODENI’s staff of educators. In addition to running workshops and supervising activities, they are responsible for initiating and maintaining contact with teachers, schools and families, and making referrals to special educational programs.
CODENI offers psychological attention and one-on-one counseling to each child and his/her family. Sessions are scheduled with the children on a bi-monthly basis, along with home visits and needs assessments for the whole family. The time spent getting to know the children and their socio-psychological needs allows the staff to assess each individual case and, when necessary, make referrals to specialized services, including medical attention and legal aid. As CODENI focuses on the family unit as an integral part of improving the lives of each child, we hold monthly parent meetings to encourage direct participation from the parents and to update them on activities and events. Families who demonstrate strong participation and cooperation are compensated with monthly food baskets.
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