In a context already characterized by perpetual endemic violence and tensions, the disabled children affected by malformations are often abandoned by their families. Many families do not know how to provide for the needs of a disabled family member. As a result of the economic challenges faced by families, or their physical and emotional incapability to offer a true family nest, the disabled children are often abandoned or find themselves to be severely marginalized.
Within this context Hogar Nino Dios works as a foster home for children with disabilities, who have been abandoned or are in need, managed by the religious nuns of the Famiglia del Verbo Incarnato.
Currently, the religious nuns are 6, and they host 35 children with mental and physical idisabilities who do not have anywhere to go otherwise. Besides the permanent residents, other disabled children participate daily in the afternoon activities.
The foster home Hogar Nino Dios aims to maintain and nourish the relationship of each child with his/her family of origin, promoting the reintegration of the child within his/her family and society. To do this, the home implements activities jointly with the families, aimed to educate the family members on how to cater to the specific needs of their disabled family member. If the reintegration within the family is not possible, the foster home then becomes the permanent residential reference of the person.
The therapy for the children comprises of different weekly interventions of physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, and music therapy. For every child, a specific and adapted approach is developed in terms of nutrition, clothing, and hygiene, that are defined with professional specialists (nutritionist, pediatrician, dentist, and physiotherapist).