AMERICA/MEXICO - New La Casa de los Niños Play Therapy Centre for street children

Friday, 4 March 2016 street children  


Cuautla (Agenzia Fides) – About 150 children who have no school to go to and are forced to spend their days on the streets, have been accepted at the new La Casa de los Niños Play Therapy Centre, organized by Santiago Apostolo parish church in Cuautla. Play-therapy is a process of informal learning in view of future reintegration in formal school systems. The episcopal vicar for the eastern area of the diocese, Mons. Jesús Longar Estrada, said that in recent months the number of children spending long hours in the streets has increased. Most are of the children belong to shopkeeper families who live locally or vendors from further away who come to sell their produce in Cuautla.
“As part of our peace-promoting activities we decided to work with children aged 6 to 10 through play therapy” said Mons Estrada in an interview with a local newspaper locale, Fides was informed. The activities will be supervised by Pedagogy students from the local university. The parish priest at Santiago Apostolo church, where the activity was lunched, said the initiative means that once again, as in the past, the doors of the convent have opened to an educative process. “It is not a question of teaching games – the priest said -, it is a way to educate children, to awaken their creativity and help them interact with elements within their reach, awakening capacities and abilities to enable them to live a life of peaceful coexistence, and to become persons able to live in communion with others”. (AP) (4/3/2016 Agenzia Fides)