Santa Monica Home receives 300 children and adolescents in the first edition of the Mega Fortress Integration Festival

On the night of Tuesday, July 16, the facilities of the social project of the Recollects in Fortaleza hosted the first edition of this event promoted by the Nucleus of Defense of the Rights of Children and Youth of Fortaleza, in collaboration with the Association of Public Defenders of the State of Ceará.
News | 2019 Jul 26

It was a night of much fun, traditional crews, humor shows, typical meals and reunions at the Santa MonicaHome, during the Mega Festival of Integration.The host institution of the Augustinians Recollects, aimed exclusively at girls, received almost 300 children and adolescents from nine otherchild-friendly projectsfor this time of integration and fun.

While everyone had fun, Edinete Lima, president of the NGO Red Adoptive, eagerlysaw Arika,13, her adopted daughter, play and reunite with her former foster partners. Edineteparticipated in the Mega Festival asa volunteerand seized the moment tothank and encourageothers for adoption:

"Six years ago, I became a mother of Arika and today is a special day, because some of her former companions are still welcome and they have been able to reunite and play together again. For my part I take the opportunity to help in what is possible at the party, as a form of thanks."

These reunions have proven to be a pleasant and exciting experience during the event. The teenagers Gabrielaand Mariana(simulated names), both of 13 years old, ran like crazy to give each other a hug as soon as they saw each other. Gabriela explained it while playing with her friend again:

"We have lived together for a long period of time in the same place of welcome, but now we can only see ourselves in cases like this, when we all meet together again."

For the coordinator of the Hogar Santa Mónica,the Augustinian recollect José García Corcuera, itis necessary to cultivate and schedule all these moments so affectionate and cheerful among these children:

"The girls we have welcomed here always remember with great affection this type of event in which they also meet children from other institutions. I think it is very important that we help them cultivate these good and pleasant memories, not counting that it is a type of events that help a lot to change the daily routine environment that the little ones live in the Home. It's all positive consequences."

TheMega Festival of Integration was organized by the Defensor Amiga dos Abrigos project, which aims topromote a network action of the different shelters and support for children ofStrength for sharing experiences, promoting coexistence, and strengthening the legal assistance of these children and adolescents in need of a home, as well as finding solutions to the common problems of these institutions

Ana Cristina Barreto,who coordinates this project, stressed that these activities help the development of children and adolescents:

"The exchange of experiences between children and adolescents of the same age is essential to maintain a healthy and loving space among all. In addition, it has been especially rewarding to see so many people moving voluntarily that everything has gone perfectly and has been an unforgettable night for these children."

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