lunes, 23 de abril de 2018

“You have the possibility to make other children not suffer what we suffered”

In August the third general assembly (GA) of Plataforma NAPPES was organized in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The GA created for the first time an environment where youth participants from Nicarágua, Argentina, Chile and Dominican Republic shared their experiences.

The event was organized in conjunction with the The National Council of Childhood and Adolescence of the Dominican Republic (CONANI). During the event, the youth shared their personal experiences with all the event participants (representatives and authorities from childhood organizations, members of the penal system, members of the judicial system, etc.) and their testimonies clearly showed the profound impact the arrest of a loved on has had on their lives.

Catalina, 17 years old, from Chile, testimony is a clear illustration of this.

During the first days, each of the member organizations presented their work and collaborated on the 2018 Plan of Action. Throughout the sessions the youth participated and shared their experiences. As well as participated in the production of Manifesto proposals to increase the awareness of children and adolescents with incarcerated parents.

The impact of their presentation made Alberto Padilla, the CONANI representative, commit to include the NNAPES theme in the work they are doing in the Dominican Republic, to protect children from violence.