In April of last year, San José, in San Miguel, two sisters of 10 and 5 years old who had suffered abuse by their father arrived at the home. As soon as they entered, the youngest had many difficulties: she could not walk or eat alone and she had stopped talking.
“The biggest did not even want to go to school because she had taken the role of mother,” recalls Lorena Smulever, director of the home. “Your concern should be to choose the color of the pencil to paint, not if your sister eats or not,” he adds.
After 10 months of hard work, the team of professionals of the house (social workers, psychologists, therapeutic companions and medical assistants) managed to make the child speak again and that the older girl could be a girl again. Today, they both live with an aunt in the City and attend the school with which the household stays in contact.
According to the latest report published by Unicef in December last year, there are 9,748 children, adolescents and young people without institutionalized parental care in our country. Today, 30 girls between 6 and 17 years of age who are victims of violence, abuse or abandonment live in the San José home.
In addition to providing restraint and affection, inside the huge estate where the house is located there is a kindergarten, a primary school and a secondary school that girls attend with other students in the neighborhood. Also, they have extracurricular activities such as hockey, soccer, boxing and cloth, and they all find themselves with psychological treatment.
Girls live in the home until a family reintegration is achieved, a family member appears who was unknown, or they enter the adoption process. “One of the most difficult tasks is to get them to trust again,” says Lorena, because, most of the time, the girls were not only beaten or injured (usually by a male figure), but they were not heard by anyone either. “It is very difficult for us to manage to speak and hope that they will be better,” he explains.
Of all those who live at this moment in the home, there is a group of seven adolescents who turn 18 this year, age in which the State ceases to be responsible for young people without parental care.
Therefore, from home they started with a project so that they can stay until they are 21, assuming different habits and responsibilities progressively. “They are still girls, they did not finish high school, we want them to learn how to do a resume, how to apply for a job interview and even do an internship,” explains the director.
However, the home is going through a difficult time: the house was built in 1928 and was deteriorating over time: there are broken glass, burnt lights, peeling walls and it is necessary to reinstall the entire electrical system.
Two weeks ago, personnel from the Minor's Advisory Service of the Province came to do a review and advised the management team that, if the necessary restorations were not made, the home could be closed. “The girls are very well, but if we do not move as a community, the building part is not going to be fixed,” Lorena asks.
From the Buenos Aires Government clarify that “the Province provides economic assistance to the home and, if it closes, the children will be transferred to another agreed by the Buenos Aires government.”
Although the Municipality of San Miguel is collaborating with money for the electrical installation and the Civil Association Ladies of Charity of San Vicente de Paul organizes two annual dinners to raise money, they still need to raise 5,000,000 pesos to finish with the arrangements since They also have gas cut and can not heat the house in the winter.
You can help by donating what you can in the San José School Home account. CBU 0140029801505500969156. Alias GRANJA.SANTO.POZO. Current account in pesos No. 5055-9691 / 5 Banco Provincia, or with a monthly donation entering
Home San José
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