In September 2009 Avanzar created a Games Library (Ludoteca) at the „Vicente Corral Moscoso“, the largest Hospital of Cuenca - Ecuador, where mostly rural children of very impoverished families receive treatment.
Here the children are under the care of professionals motivating them to play, catch up with the school subjects they are missing, and most of all forget about the stress related to their hospitalization.
The volunteers who work at the Ludoteca every day play a major role in the healing process of the children. It cannot be stressed enough how important playing and laughing is for a child to heal. More than just a respite from sadness and pain, laughter gives children the courage and strength to find new sources of meaning and hope.
Now days our service also includes speech and physical therapies, both for hospitalized children as well for those who have been already discharged, however can’t afford a private therapy.
In addition to the Ludoteca Avanzar’s program offers support to the relatives of the hospitalized children, as at least one family member is required to remain with the children and help with their care and treatment, however, the hospital can‘t offer them any kind of accommodation, food or facilities.
Until 2009 the only comfort offered was a plastic chair where the parents spend day and night. Most children spend an average of 6 days at the hospital, however some children are hospitalized for months; therefor Avanzar considered urgent to offer the relatives more comfort.
With the support of a generous Swiss-Ecuadorian family, we started an integral program for the families. This program includes:
A comfortable, reclining armchair next to each children‘s bed.
Daily breakfast and for the most impoverished also lunch.
Crafts course and the possibility to continue the course once they have left the hospital.
Regular visits of psychologists and volunteers.
Info on how to prevent the recurrence of illnesses and accidents.
Info on where and how they can get the support of other institutions.