The Abrazando Ilusiones Foundation seeks, through its multiple actions, to promote human development and social inclusion of the migrant community, as well as to promote citizen coexistence in the context of interculturality. To this end, the Foundation develops various activities and initiatives, among which are: the provision of comprehensive training and accompaniment to unaccompanied foreign children and adolescents; the training of the professionals involved in the care of these minors in matters such as document processing, current regulations, cultural guidelines, relational keys; teaching Spanish to asylum seekers, refugees and/or migrants in vulnerable situations; the celebration of awareness-raising dynamics; etc.
The complex reality that these minors face is perceptible in multiple areas of their social life (training, health, regularization of their stay, employment, etc.), negatively impacting on key aspects such as their development or in the efforts aimed at promotion of processes of social inclusion and improvement of community coexistence. The situational analysis reflects the need to implement intervention strategies that adjust to the specific needs detected (many of which correspond to their evolutionary phase, such as children and adolescents, but others are derived from the migratory project, cultural factors, family, social and their status as migrants), and that, in turn, contribute to mitigating existing risks.
At the same time, it is crucial, and for this reason the Foundation actively watches over: to sensitize the population about the values of cultural diversity, favoring exchange processes in favor of a cohesive society; train the professionals involved in caring for these minors; and to promote the coordination and monitoring of the actions of the public powers and the social agents involved in order to make the available resources profitable.
Building My Future (BMF) is a project aimed at minors – boys, girls and adolescents – unaccompanied migrants in situations of special vulnerability. The general objective that is intended to be achieved is to contribute to the integral development of young people, promoting, in parallel, the processes of social and community inclusion, as well as their transition to adult life.
BMF is a comprehensive and specialized socio-educational intervention aimed at a group made up of 15 minors (between 14 and 17 years of age) residing in different reception centers in the Community of Madrid. BMF consists of multiple activities; Among them: training and training courses; prevention and resource provision workshops; awareness, conciliation and coexistence days; tutorials and group dynamics; and leisure and free time activities.
«BMF is a holistic intervention based on three fundamental pillars: intercultural mediation, training and social inclusion; specific for unaccompanied migrant children and adolescents, and which seeks to provide a lasting solution that responds to the needs of this group, as well as to promote their community coexistence. “
BMF counts for its development, not only with the experience acquired in matters of Protection of Minors during previous stages, but also with the participation of a multilingual and multi-professional team with extensive experience in the fields of intercultural and interlinguistic mediation, the immigration, asylum, and in legal and documentary processes. The key elements of this initiative include the optimal quality of communication with minors through the use of their mother tongue and the extensive experience of the teaching team in relation to their cultural keys. The purpose of these elements is to forge a solid relationship of trust, on the basis of which the foundations are established for the achievement of the project objectives.