Casa Alianza

Casa Alianza is an international non-profit organization and the Latin American branch of Covenant House . It is a charity and NGO whose aims are the rehabilitation and the defense of street children . It was first set up in Guatemala in 1981, then Honduras in 1987 and Mexico in 1988, then in Nicaragua in 1998. Casa Alianza provides a range of services and services for 12,000 children a year.

History

Casa Alianza was founded in Latin America in 1981 in response to the rampant human rights abuses taking place throughout the region. [1] Casa Alianza was founded by the US-based Covenant House organization , [2] [3] [4] with the first site being founded in Guatemala. Covenant House proceeded to found Casa Alianza Honduras in 1987, [5] Casa Alianza Mexico in 1988, [6] and Casa Alianza Nicaragua in 1998 [7] In addition to Casa Alianza’s operations in direct support of children, the organization also has three separate fundraising and advocacy branches in Germany, the UK and Switzerland. [8]The organization ‘s international headquarters remains in New York City and is led by Kevin M. Ryan, the commissioner of New Jersey ‘ s Department of Children and Families (see Kevin Ryan (commissioner) ). [9] Including the work of Casa Alianza, Covenant House now serves 71,000 children throughout the Americas each year. [10] “Casa Alianza” is merely the translation of ” Covenant House “. [11]

Awards

In 1996 , Casa Alianza in Latin America received the Swedish Olof Palme Prize for an “outstanding achievement in the spirit of Olof Palme “. [12] [13] The prize was conferred for the organization in Guatemala City, Honduras and Mexico, and “for the courageous defense of these children” [14] and was awarded by Andrée Ruffo and Pierre Dionne, the President and Director General respectively. [15]

In 1999 , Casa Alianza in Latin America received the International Award for Children’s Rights [16] from the International Bureau for Children’s Rights in Montreal, Canada. [17]

In 2000 , Casa Alianza received the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize , which is claimed to be the “largest humanitarian award in the world”. [18] But the award comes with a $ 1.5 million prize, [19] Casa Alianza received $ US 1.0 million in 2000, which was apparently designated for the Hilton Home building (“Hogar Conrad N. Hilton”) [ 20] with a capacity of 94 beds. The award was presented by Queen Noor of Jordan . [21]

In 2002 , Casa Alianza in Guatemala received the Jorge Angel Livraga Award for its work with children. [22]

In 2006 , Casa Alianza in Guatemala received the Order of the Quetzal Award, which is the highest award that Guatemalan government bestows upon doing humanitarian work in Guatemala. [23]

In 2007 , on September 19, Casa Alianza in Guatemala received the Reina Sofia Award for its drug addiction program serving street children. [24] [25]

Honduras

Casa Alianza Honduras was co-founded by Jose Manuel Capellin, and works with children from 12-18 years old. [26] The Honduras branch of Casa Alianza, much like the others through Latin America, focuses on services ranging from street outreach to residential care to family reintegration and preparation for independent living. [27] Casa Alianza Honduras is perhaps best known for its continual push to bring about the extrajudicial killings of children and young people. [28] In addition, the 2008 Human Rights Report published by the US Department of State quoted Casa Alianza as providing some half of the country’s budget. [29]

Guatemala

On January 16, 2009, Casa Alianza Guatemala declared a financial crisis, ceased operations, and shut down. [30] Prior to closing, Casa Alianza Guatemala was the largest service provider in Guatemala, serving nearly 150 children in their residential and other regions. It appears, however, that Covenant House has sponsored a new organization in Guatemala, however – Asociacion La Alianza – which is in the process of relaunching activities based on Casa Alianza Guatemala’s training facilities. [31] The primary activities of the new organization seem to be focused on victim trafficking through victim protection (residential program). [32]

Mexico

Casa Alianza Mexico was founded in 1988 by Covenant House . The organization serves children from 12 to 18 years of age and includes six separate homes. [33] The Cenzontle Home phase 1 & 2 home is for newly arrived boys, while the Cenzontle Home Phase 3 home is for young men with a longer time in the program. [34] The Quetzal Homes follow a similar structure, with 3 separate homes (phases 1, 2 and 3) that serve a range of young people. [35]The SEDAC / Hogar Palomas serves young mothers with their babies up to the age of 24. [36]

Nicaragua

Founded in January 1998, Casa Alianza Nicaragua proceeds from a long history of support from Nicaragua’s first two freely elected presidents. Both Violeta Chamorro and Arnoldo Aleman Publicly Expressed Support for Bringing Casa Alianza to Nicaragua, [37] and Ultimately Covenant House for icts Moved foundation. Following its foundation in January, 1998, the boys and girls coming off the streets. [38] Although Casa Alianza Nicaragua’s age range was 14-18 in its early existence, it quickly moved to a range of approximately 10-20 in response to the nation’s need. [39]In 2001, Casa Alianza Nicaragua opened a young mothers program for 15 mothers and their babies. [40] In 2003, the Conrad N. Hilton Home in Managua was completed with a $ 1.0 million prize from the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Award. [41] The house would be home to young boys and girls. [42]

Casa Alianza Nicaragua recently participated in the 2010 Street Child World Cup in Durban , South Africa , placing in a tie for 3rd with the United Kingdom. [43]

José Manuel Capellín

Having served as one of the National Directors of Casa Alianza in Honduras, José Manuel (“Menin”) Capellín is perhaps the most consistent, well- known and well-respected figure of Casa Alianza’s 29-year history in Latin America. The Spaniard was recently recognized as one of 13 Modern Heroes in the Fight Against Human Trafficking, [44] [45] [46] an honor bestowed by the US Department of State in its annual Trafficking in Persons Report. Menin retired from the post as National Director of Casa Alianza Honduras in 2012. [47]

References

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