Los Quinchos

A future for street children

From abandonment to social reintegration: this is the aim of the Los Quinchos project in Nicaragua, which cares for street children.

The Los Quinchos project was founded in Nicaragua in 1991 by Italian volunteer Zelinda Roccia. The project takes in street children who have been abandoned and mistreated, or who have run away from poor or broken families, in order to protect them from violence and exploitation. They are given a chance of living their childhood peacefully, and educated about their rights and duties as future citizens so that they can be reintegrated into society more aware and better prepared.

The project relies on the passionate work of around forty educators, psychologists, master craftspeople, assistants and administrators, all of whom are Nicaraguan. As well as supporting the project, the Verso Foundation offers various training courses to the educators in Psychosynthesis. Andrea Bocconi has held two training courses so far, lasting around ten days, including one with Debora Minà. The project has also been visited by Franca Fabbri.

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