Street Children Drug Rehabilitation Programme
Casa Alianza manages a number of drug rehabilitation centres for children addicted to solvents. Located in rural settings in the highlands of Honduras and in our urban Mexico City program, the centres immerse the children in intense occupational, individual and group therapy.
The programmes are highly structured and also offer some vocational training. Following an average stay of three months, the boys advance to a Transition Home or towards reintegration with their families
Queen Sofia of Spain Prize
In September 2007, the Casa Alianza Guatemala Drug Rehabilitation Programme was unanimously awarded the 6th Latin American, Queen Sofía of Spain Prize.
The drug rehabilitation program had been working for twenty years in Guatemala and its environs, educating, informing and treating children, youth and parents with regard to drugs, education, prevention and treatment.
The programme was a key element of the Casa Alianza integrated programme working with street and at risk children and youth.
This years award, is the fifteenth Spanish edition and sixth Latin American, granted by the Foundation for the Attention to the Drug addictions of the Spanish Red Cross (CREFAT) and the Foundation Queen Sofía.
The prize, of 6,000 euros was awarded by Queen Sofía on the 19th of September, in a special ceremony at the Palace of the Zarzuela in Madrid.
Claudia Rivera, the Director of Casa Alianza Guatemala stated “it is an great honor to receive such prestigious recognition, of our work with abandoned and homeless children youth of Guatemala.
“We are absolutely delighted that Casa Alianza has won another prestigious international award, it is much deserved and a real credit to our staff in the field who battle day after day , year after year with the devastation and havoc that drugs and solvents inflict upon homeless children and youth” stated Fred Shortland, Chief Executive of Casa Alianza UK.