T’ikay project

Project T’ikay (meaning to blossom in Quechua, the most spoken indigeneous language) takes place at the Nice Sunrise centre which welcomes and treats up to 20 children aged 4 to 16 who have been severly burnt and previously treated at the hospital. This centre focuses on taking care of the children’s rehabilitation, which can take up to a few years after the incident: psychological support, physiotherapist, and education. Taking action to collaborate on psychological support, we hold arts therapy sessions a few times a week.

In cochabamba, between 16 and 20 kids are admitted monthly in Viedma (the poorest state hospital of Cochabamba) for burn treatments, and between 1000 and 1200 operations are executed per year! Burnt kids isn’t only an issue of kids getting burnt by playing with fire or by hot liquids by accident, but many kids get deeply burnt due to some lack of education, cultural traditions or incidents. Examples include: kids living in the countryside getting thrown into fire by monkey, kids falling into a campfire during a traditional celebration due to a lack of protection, children having similar incident in poor homes where the kitchen as so poorly equipped that the fire is set in the middle of the room, children getting burnt from hot liquids because they have to help in the kitchen, kids being treated with hot stones due to cultural beliefs, kids put into a too hot bath due to lack of education and so much more! These kids are treated according to available resources. Many keep scars for the rest of their lives.

Our Actions

 

Through the action of Pintar en Bolivia we want to help these children regain their physical and psychological confidence. We want to help them reintegrate social life by helping them accept ‘new situations’ and ‘changes’ that have occured. The art therapies give them the tools to experiment, feel free and communicatie in a non-verbal way, and hopefully regain confidence in themselves and the place they hold in society to fight for their futures.

We also hope one day to be able to take action in burn-prevention classes.

Individual therapy session

Individual sessions allow the kids to enter a safer place in order to work on emotions and trauma. Here, we blend talkative and non verbal therapy.

Group therapy session

Group sessions allows for a blend of creativity from each kid’s perspective and encourage them to interact and work together on art works, most commonly around a given subject.

Educational support

It is of utmost importance to us to not leave aside the educational aspect of their childhood. We do so by ensuring they go to school, give support classes, hold inspirational talks and educate them about health and burn issues.

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