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Colombian children

There is an institute at Pasadena, Colombia, where children may be reborn. Founded to care for the country’s most vulnerable children, the Asociación Hogar Niños por un Nuevo Planeta helps in particular little ones and adolescents who are victims of sexual abuse and violence. Three hundred children are currently residents. In the curse of the years three programmes have been organized. One, called “Neufar” (purity of heart), is dedicated to the small victims of sex abuse. The second one, “Flor de Loto” is for those who have been sexually exploited for child prostitution and intends to help them recover their wish to live. Lastly the third, Ni-nanas, is a programme for mothers who are victims of sexual violence. Thanks to this structure, not only do children and adolescents find a place where they can live, but they also have the possibility of studying. Sexual violence is a chain phenomenon – it is calculated that 30 per cent of the children who are victims of violence become aggressors in their turn – and in Colombia 19 minors are raped every 30 minutes. The foundation is now building new headquarters of more than 10,000 square metres in Sopó: it will be the largest Colombian structure for children who are victims of violence and one of the biggest in Latin America.

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