who we are - photo-report
Guatemala is the country of Centre America where the phenomenon of street youngsters, with which we are engaged, was born.
In the following we present, in synthesis, the situation of:
The street youngsters
The street girls and boys live in precarious conditions, in groups in continuous movement, where they are often defeated. Sometimes they are violated, murdered or destroyed little by little by the solvent that they inhale all day long to forget hunger, cold, humiliations, fear.
But at the same time these yougsters, not subdued, experience together with their companions the values of solidarty and friendship and share with them the hope of a better life. They find this hope in themselves, in their intense and obstinate will of living, in their rebellion and in their whish, sometimes obscure, of a world in which persons are more considered and in which there are more solidarity and friendship.
In the following the aspects of their street life are detailed:
The street youngsters immensely need to be approched, regarded, recognised as people and loved; they ask also to be helped to realize their dreams.
Usually they refuse to enter an institution which deprives them of their freedom and prevents them from deciding about their life. Moreover the institution submits them to the adults, separates them from their boy friend, their girl friend, their children.
They can recognize themselves only in a project built by themselves, so the dream was born, together with them, of a self-operated movement by the street children, to improve their life conditions and defend their rights.
The MOJOCA (MOvimiento de los JÓvenes de la CAlle)
Their vitality, gladness, deep desire to live, their sense of friendship have impressed us so much that we have decided to work on a new project with them, something considered impossible by many people: a movement run by the street children.
The dream came true with the birth of MOJOCA (MOvimiento de los JÓvenes de la CAlle)
At first we report:
the drawings which express the dreams of the street youngsters
the principles on which Mojoca is based
Then we describe:
the activities (the main ones)
the places in which these activities are developed
the persons who perform these activities
Taking part and the friendship networks
The support to the movement of street youngsters is developed through the taking part of volunteers at MOJOCA itself and the activities of friendship networks in each own country:
This site invites you to discover and, why not? to share friendship with them.