In Bolivia, domestic violence and sexual violence against infants, children, and adolescents have grown steadily in recent years. In addition, cases of infanticide have also increased to very high levels. All this shows that the core of society, the family, has become an insecure space for many of them.
The Arco Iris Foundation addresses the need for comprehensive protection and support for girls and adolescent girls whose rights have been violated through “Casa Obrajes”, which has been operating since 1994. Currently, it provides housing for 90 girls and teenagers between the ages of 4 and 18.
The income disparities are distinct; however, the recurring fact is that they suffered different situations that violated their rights. “Casa Obrajes” has an infrastructure capable of housing 100 girls and adolescents, the primary purpose being to seek the restitution of the rights of all girls and adolescents under the project’s responsibility and protection. In addition, this infrastructure provides them with the necessary tools to earn money, creating independence and freedom.
The organization of girls and adolescents within itself follows a family modality. They are grouped by age and then into spaces within their peer group to share and develop with girls and adolescents within their generation. Each group is under the care of two social educators, who perform the work of foster mothers, nurturing the formation of values, responsibility, trust, and respect in the girls. Not only for themselves but to create that kinship with the girls and women around them.