In Quito, a lot of children do not have a permanent place to stay, they live on the streets, together with their families, and are often addicted to glue, the cheapest drug they can afford. Sinsoluka - which means ‘without glue - is a non-profit organization that aims to help these children and their families who live or have lived on the streets of Quito. The main objective is to give these people hope for their future, supporting them by providing a place to eat, a change of clothes, and a shower. Younger children are encouraged to go to school and in the afternoon, volunteers help them with their homework and organize games and fun activities.
If you are patient and like working with kids, this is your chance to break the circle and make a huge difference in these childrens’ life.
Today the center helps over 250 children and their families, although they do not all come to the center at the same time. In the morning around 30 children between the ages of 10 till 15 come to Sinsoluka and in the afternoon another 70 children between the ages 4 till 12 come to the center. All children receive a nutritious lunch at the center, followed by teeth brushing. Many of these children have had a bad start to life such as being born to drug addicted parents, living on the streets, subjected to violence, abuse or neglect, made to work selling sweets in the street etc. The aim is to stress the importance of education and good hygiene as a way of breaking the circle and ensuring that these children do not fall for the same way of life and temptations that their parents did before them. With the help of funding and sponsors, the project pays to send the children to school and help out with any costs that the family may not be able to cover like school uniforms, books, materials etc.
The goal is not only to help the children but also their parents. Over the years it has helped a lot of families get off the streets, find somewhere to live and when possible, a job. And most importantly the project is now helping the second generation of children whose parents, like them were helped by the project but may still be living in very unstable situations.
One of the main problems facing those who have left behind their addictions and life on the street is finding employment, mostly due to their lack of education and skills. Therefore, the project has created a carpentry workshop as well as a bakery that young people and adults can come to for training and various courses. This way they have a better shot at getting a job in the future.