Immigrants and their children arrive in camps having experienced enormous trauma and loss. The process of rebuilding lives must include both practical and psychological interventions, all of which are grounded in creating safe spaces that allow residents to learn, grow, build trusting relationships and envision a path forward. To this end ReCrea offers a comprehensive range of social, educational and vocational training programs:
The Adult Vocational Trining Program provides instruction to 120 adults each month in trades such as tailoring, gastronomy, welding, carpentry, electricity, gas fitting, hairdressing, gardening, and many more.
The Protected Afternoon Program for children between 6 and 12 years is open from 4:00 – 8:00 PM and serves 81 children in Antofagasta and Calama. Run by a social worker and a special education teacher, the program addresses the social-emotional development of children whose lived experiences include family violence, trauma, attachment, loss and abandonment issues, and more; referrals to a psychologist are made on an as-needed basis. In this safe environment children are able to play and take part in activities such as storytelling, reading and writing, arts and crafts, sports, and field trips. The Program also addresses school readiness in language arts and math, subjects in which some children, particularly immigrant children, may fall behind.
A Youth House serves 60 young people aged 13 to 18 each month. Unlike drop-in centers, the Youth House is designed so that each child who visits is registered, known and supported in developing a personalized plan for his/her life. Workshops available to young people include, among others: music, creative writing, painting, and robotics. A psychologist is available for group and individual work, and speakers engage youth on topics such as birth control, healthy relationships, and how to protect oneself from dating violence. Mentors help students with their educational goals, reducing both truancy and dropout rates.
A Community Library, run by women in the community and serving 500-600 visitors monthly, is open six days a week from 4:00 – 9:00 PM. As an after-school/after-work resource center, the library offers books, computers with internet access, printers, literacy support, and more.