Project information

Family reintegration of Street children-Nicaragua

Almost all street children we work with want to return to their families but need mediation and support to do so. We endeavour to reintegrate former street children back with their family. If this isn’t possible children will be empowered with vocational training & support to lead independent lives.

April 2011 - April 2012

Charity information

Compass Children's Charity

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  • Need


    In Nicaragua, just under half of the population live on $1 a day and of this, children are disproportionately affected by poverty, which leads to strained family relations, higher levels of drug use which is proportionate to incidences of abuse and are cited as the main reason children leave home. The project aims to reunite families and provide support to keep the unit together. If children cannot return home, support is given to enable them lead independent lives.


    It engages families and young people with workshops focused on communication, emotional well being, counselling, strategies to reduce intra-family violence and provides support to children and families to improve relationships within the home. Approximately 85% of children who participate in the programme are successfully reintegrated with their families. It also provides training, practical skills and micro business start-up support, to assist in their journey towards independent living.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Providing continued of support to former street children reintegrated with their families


    » 14 self development workshops to provide networking/mutual support/external service information and group therapy
    » One-one counselling/psychology sessions at Casa Alianza for children at point of reintegration and throughout the process
    » Visits to see the child and their family – both announced and unannounced to monitor and evaluate progress

    The number of children worked through their reintegration process annually will double from approximately 130 individual children per year to 260.

    Aim 2

    Providing support and family development for families of former street children


    » Visits to families to prior to reintegration to discuss the family situation, prepare for reintegration & provide family therapy
    » 14 family development workshops to provide networking/mutual support/external service information and group therapy
    » Providing additional one-to-one support to family members with specific issues that are impacting on family life
    » Family visits to monitor reintegration process, discuss household difficulties, provide mediation and review of the situation.

    Log attendance to workshops and one-to-one sessions. Implementation of advice and training, street children and family testimonies.

    Aim 3

    Support & monitoring of families outside Managua prior to reintegration of child


    » Visiting the child and their family nationwide in Nicaragua to monitor their progress.
    » Regular telephone support and assistance with travel and accommodation so families can participate in workshops
    » Payment of local external services to provide family therapy sessions

    Feedback from families in regards to the service provision, testimonies from street children

    Aim 4

    Providing vocational training/micro business start up for children beginning independent life


    » Providing college courses in the following areas: Sewing, bakery and jewellery making as selected by residents
    » Providing an apprenticeship placement for the children to apply the theory into practice
    » Provision of equipment/resources at the residential centre to allow tutors and former residents to teach residents at Casa Alianza.
    » Resources at Casa Alianza allow business start up to occur to gain capital for purchase of own equipment/resources

    10 former residents having successfully started up their micro business.

  • Impact


    This project will allow Casa Alianza to reintegrate far more children and foster relationships with their families, providing continuous support to reduce the risk of the child leaving home again. We will demonstrate the success of the programme by doubling the number of individual children and families worked with. Children that cannot return to their families will be empowered to lead independent lives through successful micro business start up or apprenticeship schemes leading to employment.


    The relationship between the Nicaraguan Government and NGOs has been traditionally difficult. Change in policy can impede on outreach work as has previously occurred with our street outreach programme. However, we have a close working relationship with key individuals working with the family ministry, who consult with Casa Alianza Nicaragua on policy changes. Therefore, enabling Casa Alianza to influence decisions and continue their work.


    In addition to compliance with donor reporting requirements, Casa Alianza Nicaragua will provide quarterly narrative reports, detailing successes to date, challenges, a plan of forthcoming activities, photos and testimonies of former street children and their families involved in the programme.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £14,649

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,485 Personal Hiring of a family therapy specialist (12 months salary)
      £2,343 Support & monitoring 14 pre-work place workshops, 14 development sessions, monthly group therapy, resources & transport
      £2,407 Development & training 14 parenting workshops, monitoring of family progress, family counselling, resources & transport
      £1,935 Family support outside Managua Assessments to evaluate if child can return home, counselling, medication, transport & accommodation
      £1,937 micro business start up Tools, equipment & support for residents to start businesses in sewing, bakery & jewellery making
      £1,210 Local project coordination Salary (part), monitoring and evaluation
      £1,332 UK Project Management Donor reporting, field visit for project audit
  • Background


    The project will take place in Managua, the capital of Nicaragua. The government has no programmes in place to work with the approximately 17,000 children living on the streets that are further stigmatized by society and have been subjected to abuse and human rights violations committed by the general public and police officials. Nicaragua is the second poorest country in Latin America where children are affected disproportionately by inequalities and a lack of development opportunities.


    Over 250 street children will be direct beneficiaries of this project who are desperately seeking an alternative to the streets. Over 500 Family members will benefit from support given by Casa Alianza Nicaragua to strengthen the family unit and reduce the risk of children leaving again. 10 children who are unable to return home will be supported to lead independent lives and will go on to pass their knowledge and expertise to other adolescents at the residential home.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Casa Alianza has been in operation in Nicaragua for over 10 years, working in defence of street children and their rights. We have won several awards including in 2000, the Conrad N Hilton Humanitarian Award. The award recognised: “extraordinary contributions towards the alleviation of human suffering". The prize money was used to expand our services to Nicaragua. Our methodology has been modified over the years and has proven successful amongst the children who trust the name “Casa Alianza”.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Cristina Navarro

    Head of Development - over 5 years of programme management experience and formally a USAID consultant.

    Carlos Latino

    Over 10 years of experience as a psychologist, delivers workshops to families, family therapy sessions and assists with one-to-one therapy.

    Jeanette Hernandez

    10 years social work experience – family visits and monitors progress, counselling to former residents, family mediation & initiates reintegration.

    Poonam Sattee

    Director of Latin American Programmes in the UK – programme monitoring & evaluation, main contact with the field programme and donor