The project is aimed at male children and adolescents between the ages of 8 and 17, who live on the streets or who are in a high-risk situation and require rehabilitation.
The profile of sheltered children and adolescents has changed since the beginning of CIMA.
At the beginning, CIMA exclusively cared for street children, who were separated from their families due to socio-economic crisis within them and/or due to the physical or moral abuse they received. Living on the street, they were exposed to numerous dangers that compromised their physical and moral integrity and impeded their normal development. Generally, they presented strong self-care and self-esteem problems.
Little by little, this population has been replaced by children in situations of high psychosocial risk. Many of them come from a dysfunctional (separated couple) or disjointed family unit (a ﬁxed home for the child cannot be identiﬁed) but already maintain contact with their family. Generally, children escape from the authority of their parents and develop behaviors that put them at psychosocial risk: staying on the street, dropping out of school, belonging to gangs, gambling problems, Internet dependence and drug use. Children are characterized, above all, by the rejection of discipline and behavioral problems.
Most of the children come from families that lack the economic resources to meet their needs (limited access to basic health and education services) and that struggle to fulfill the double role of work and childcare. Many also grow up in a family environment where relationship patterns are developed that tend to affective indifference, irresponsibility in roles and functions, marital violence, child abuse and alcohol and other drug use problems.
The children and adolescents who come to CIMA often present psychological traumas that translate into low self-esteem and behavioral problems (indiscipline, disordered life, aggressiveness, distrust of adults), health problems (malnutrition, skin problems due to lack of hygiene, venereal diseases), low educational level and inadequate behavior patterns (loss of values).